The Hon Alan Tudge MP

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Alan Tudge was elected to the Australian Parliament in 2010, representing the seat of Aston. Following the 2013 Federal election he was appointed to the role of Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister with a primary focus on Indigenous affairs.

He has been a member of the House of Representatives Employment and Education Committee and was Chairman of the Coalition’s Taskforce into Online Higher Education.

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 design of the Welfare Reform program as well as a number of other initiatives. 

His experience with Cape York began in 2000 where he was the first corporate secondee into remote Indigenous Australia. Jawon which has now sent over 1000 secondees from Australia’s leading companies.

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 supports top graduates into disadvantaged schools.

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 laboring, bar work and sales assistant at Myer Dandenong.

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 two daughters.


The Hon Alan Tudge MP is the Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister.

Unshackle tyranny of low expectations, The Australian

“It’S paradise. I’ve been to these communities lots of times ... Why would you go to school when you can go turtle hunting?”

Jon Faine put this question to me when we were discussing remote Aboriginal education on ABC radio in Melbourne.

It’s Faine’s style to be contrar­ian and I know he doesn’t excuse truancy, but his question reflects a common attitude that places different expectations on indigenous communities than others. Can you imagine the suggestion that a non-indigenous child not attend school because they live on a beach and love to swim and fish?

Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder destroying Indigenous communities

An Australian Institute of Health and Welfare Report released today paints a disturbing picture around Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).

The report titled Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders: Strategies to address information gaps highlights the limited information about the prevalence of FASD and the lack of a co-ordinated approach in prevention, diagnosis and treatment.

The Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister, the Hon Alan Tudge MP, argues the report strengthens the case for welfare reform in many Indigenous communities.

3AW Drive, Interview with Tom Elliot

Topics: Chinese Free Trade Agreement

Mr Tudge, good afternoon.

G’day Tom, great to be on your programme.

OK, so for many of us a free trade agreement seems like a bit will of the wisp, I mean we already trade with China a lot, we already trade with India a fair bit. What does a free trade agreement do differently for us? How will it transform our lives?

It's your choice: earn or learn

This Abbott policy is not about savings.

ONE of the most insidious results of slower economic growth and welfarist policies is high youth unemployment.

The latest figures showed youth unemployment rising to 12.7 per cent. Long-term youth unemployment is now three times higher than at the end of the Howard government.

Youth disengagement is so destructive because its impacts can be lifelong.

Speech at the Supply Nation Connect 2014 Gala Dinner Awards Night, Sydney Town Hall, 27 May 2014

Thank you for your introduction and warm welcome.

It is a pleasure to be here at the Supply Nation Connect 2014 Gala Dinner.

I’d like to pay my respects to the traditional custodians of the land on which we meet, the
Gadigal people of the Eora nation, and to their elders past and present.