After a crazy US election, let's find out who Our Education Ministers are...


Our Education Ministers - Our voices in the Australian Government

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Taking Action. Getting Results.

That’s the tagline of our Education Minister Simon Birmingham so that’s promising.

Let’s find out a bit more about our friend Simon…

  • He has served as a Liberal Party Senator for South Australia since May 2007

  • Appointed Minister for Education and Training in September 2015

  • Prior to this, Simon served as the Assistant Education Minister for education for nearly a year before stepping up into this role.

  • Senator Birmingham is keen to see the full childcare package implemented, however acknowledges the challenges ahead due to a tightening budget, according to Sydney Morning Herald.

  • Appreciates and supports Australian wine (Director, Winemakers' Federation of Australia 2002-07)

  • From Adelaide, a proud, but sometimes frustrated, Adelaide Crows fan.

  • Simon can be contacted on


On the contrary, Labor has broken up their Education minister duties, with Kate Ellis specifically taking on the portfolio of Shadow minister for Early Childhood Education and Development.

Let’s find out a bit more about our friend Kate…

  • From Adelaide, Federal Member for Adelaide

  • Entered politics in 2004

  • The youngest person ever to become an Australian government minister

  • In 2010, Kate became the Minister for Employment Participation and Early Childhood and she's worked hard to deliver many key Labor reforms, in particular the increased funding to improve childcare affordability for Australian families.