The Hon Kelly O'Dwyer MP

Minister for Jobs and Industrial Relations,
Minister for Women

The Hon Kelly O'Dwyer MP

About the Minister

Portrait photo of Minister Kelly O'Dwyer MP

Kelly was appointed as the Minister for Jobs and Industrial Relations in the Morrison Government in August 2018 in addition to her role as Minister for Women, which she was appointed to in December 2017.

She is a member of Cabinet and serves on Cabinet’s Expenditure Review Committee (ERC).

In April 2017, Kelly became the first female Cabinet Minister to give birth whilst in office. She was also the first woman to sit in Cabinet in a Treasury portfolio.

Kelly O’Dwyer was elected to represent the people in Higgins in December 2009.

Kelly has held a number of Ministerial positions including Minister for Revenue and Financial Services from July 2016 to August 2018, Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Public Service from December 2017 to August 2018, Minister for Small Business and Assistant Treasurer from September 2015 to July 2016 and Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer from December 2014 until being appointed to Cabinet in 2015.

Before serving in Parliament, Kelly had a career in law and banking.

Kelly serves as an Ovarian Cancer Ambassador and Patron of the Stonnington City Brass.

Kelly was educated at Presbyterian Ladies College and attended Melbourne University, graduating with Honours in Law and an Arts degree majoring in history.

She lives locally in Higgins with her husband Jon and their two children, Olivia (3) and Edward (1).

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