Alan Tudge was elected to the Federal Parliament in the seat of Aston in Melbourne's outer east in 2010 and again in 2013. He was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister following the 2013 election and in 2015 was appointed as Assistant Minister to Prime Minister Turnbull and Assistant Minister for Social Services. In 2016 he was appointed Minister for Human Services. On 20 December 2017, he was sworn in as Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs.
Prior to entering parliament, Alan spent most of his career in business, including several years with the Boston Consulting Group in Australia, Malaysia and New York, and running his own advisory business. He was also Senior Adviser to former Education Minister Brendan Nelson and Foreign Minister Alexander Downer. He also spent several years as the Deputy Director of Noel Pearson's Cape York Institute where he oversaw the development of a large welfare reform agenda which included the introduction of conditional welfare payments and a sharper focus on home ownership and improved education.
His experience with Cape York began in 2000 when he was the first corporate secondee into remote Australia under the Jawun initiative. Jawun has now sent over 1000 secondees from Australia's leading companies to assist with Indigenous advancement in various parts of Australia.
Alan has had a long term commitment to improving our education systems. As well as his work in parliament, Alan is a co-founder of Teach for Australia, a national non-profit which targets top graduates from non-teacher faculties and fast-tracks them into teaching in disadvantaged schools.
Alan and his family are actively involved in their local community, including as Chairman of the Knox Red Shield appeal, Patron of the Knox Cancer Council Relay for Life, involvement in his local church, local Lions and honorary Rotarian. He is a proud supporter and sponsor of numerous sporting clubs and other non-profits.
He was born and educated in the eastern outskirts of Melbourne where his parents were new immigrants to Australia. His first jobs included apple and potato picking, factory labouring, and bar work.
He holds a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and Bachelor of Arts from Melbourne University (where he was Student President) and an MBA from Harvard University.
He is a keen sportsman and proud North Melbourne supporter.
He lives in Wantirna South with his wife, Teri, and their three children.