Hon Kelly O'Dwyer

Hon Kelly O'Dwyer

Former Member

Liberal Party of Australia
House of Representatives


Parliamentary service
  • Elected to the House of Representatives for Higgins, Victoria at by-election 2009, vice the Hon. P Costello (resigned). Re-elected 2010, 2013 and 2016. Retired prior to general elections 2019.
Ministerial appointments
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer from 23.12.2014 to 21.9.2015.
  • Minister for Small Business from 21.9.2015 to 19.7.2016.
  • Assistant Treasurer from 21.9.2015 to 19.7.2016.
  • Cabinet Minister from 21.9.2015 to 29.5.2019.
  • Minister for Revenue and Financial Services from 19.7.2016 to 28.8.2018.
  • Minister for Women from 20.12.2017 to 29.5.2019.
  • Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Public Service from 20.12.2017 to 28.8.2018.
  • Minister for Jobs and Industrial Relations from 28.8.2018 to 29.5.2019.
Committee service
  • House of Representatives Standing: Legal and Constitutional Affairs served from 10.2.2010 to 19.7.2010; Employment and Workplace Relations served from 10.2.2010 to 19.7.2010; Economics served from 25.10.2010 to 11.9.2011; Economics served as Deputy Chair from 12.9.2011 to 13.2.2012; Economics served from 14.2.2012 to 3.12.2013; Economics served as Chair from 4.12.2013 to 12.2.2015; Economics served from 19.10.2015 to 9.5.2016
  • Joint Select: Parliamentary Budget Office served from 23.11.2010 to 23.3.2011
Parliamentary party positions
  • Liberal Party of Australia. Served: 05.12.2009 to 11.04.2019
Party positions
  • Member of the Liberal Party Administrative Committee (Vic.), 2003.
  • Chairman of the Liberal Party Training Programs (Vic.), 2003.
  • Member of the Liberal Party Constitutional Committee (Vic.) from 2007 to 2009.
Other positions
  • Convener of the Australia-Americas Network.
  • Co-Founder and Chairman of the Parliamentary Friendship Group of Women in Science, Maths and Engineering from 2012.
  • Chairman of the Australia-United States Parliamentary Friendship Group from 2014.
  • Born: 31.3.1977, Box Hill, Australia
  • Gender: Female
  • Marital Status: Married
Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament
  • BA (University of Melbourne).
  • LLB(Hons) (University of Melbourne).
  • Lawyer at Freehills from 2001 to 2004.
  • Adviser to the Treasurer, the Hon. P Costello, MP from 2004 to 2005.
  • Senior Adviser to the Treasurer, the Hon. P Costello, MP from 2005 to 2007.
  • Executive at the National Australia Bank from 2007 to 2009.
  • Name: Higgins
  • Location: south-eastern Melbourne; it includes the suburbs of Armadale, Ashburton, Kooyong, Malvern, Malvern East, Prahran and Toorak, and parts of Carnegie, Glen Iris, Hughesdale, Murrumbeena, South Yarra and Windsor.
  • Area: 40 Sq km
  • Electors enrolled: 104,678 (at 2.7.2016)
  • Industries: mainly residential, with retail and commercial interests in a number of suburbs.
  • Includes:
  • Independent Review of the Parliamentary Business Resources Act 2017 and Independent Parliamentary Expenses Authority Act 2017, Department of Finance, Forrest, ACT: 2021.

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