Alan Tudge is the Federal Member for Aston in the Australian Parliament and the Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs. He has responsibility for skilled migration, visa processing, pathways to citizenship, and multicultural affairs. He was first elected in 2010 and, prior to his present portfolio, was appointed as Minister for Human Services (where he introduced the cashless welfare card) and Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister.
Before entering parliament, Alan spent most of his career in business including with the Boston Consulting Group in Australia and the United States, and worked as a senior adviser to the Foreign Minister and Education Minister. He holds a law degree and arts degree from Melbourne University and an MBA from Harvard University.
Alan Tudge was elected to the Federal Parliament in the seat of Aston in Melbourne's outer east in 2010 and re-elected in 2013 and 2016.
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.
He entered the full ministry in early 2016 as the Minister for Human Services. In that role he was responsible for introducing the "cashless welfare card", recouping billions of dollars in welfare over-payments, and assisted with getting welfare expenditure growth back to a sustainable rate.
In December 2017, he was appointed Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs, where he has responsibility for skilled migration, visa processing, pathways to citizenship, and multicultural affairs. A large part of his focus is on ensuring Australia maintains its success in migrant integration.
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.
He has been involved with multiple community organisations, including as one of the co-founders 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 (wife and three children) are actively involved in their local community of Knox, including as Patron for the Knox Cancer Council Relay for Life, local church, and honorary Rotarian. He is a proud supporter and sponsor of numerous local sporting clubs and other non-profits. (As well as a proud North Melbourne supporter!)
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.