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.

Skynews AM, Agenda

Subjects: Welfare reform review, Indonesia, Bill Shorten

REPORTER: Live now to Melbourne where Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister Alan Tudge joins me for a bit of a reaction from some of the comments we heard this morning from Bill Shorten. Well firstly, Mr Tudge, your reaction to Bill Shorten’s suggestion that you’re out to reduce the indexation rate to the aged pension following the comments from Kevin Andrews that the welfare system is unsustainable.

Policies must change to close employment gap

New figures released today by the Coalition Government reveal Australia’s Indigenous employment gap has widened over the last 5 years.

Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister, Alan Tudge, said that new data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) shows a fall in Australia’s Indigenous employment rate, despite a continuing increase in the non-indigenous rate.

“In 2008, the then government promised to halve the Indigenous employment gap within a decade, but we are now past the halfway mark and the gap has widened by 2.8 per cent.”

The Australian, Harness goodwill to close the gap on employment

The latest figures reveal that the indigenous employment gap is getting worse, not better.

When prime minister Kevin Rudd made the apology to indigenous Australians in 2008, he invited indigenous and non-indigenous Australians to work in partnership to close the indigenous employment gap. Governments across Australia pledged to halve the gap within a decade - by 2018 - as the initial target.

We are now past the halfway mark towards the target but, while we should be halfway through meeting the pledge, the employment gap has widened.

Leighton Contractors-Career Trackers Partnership Welcomed

Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister, Hon Alan Tudge MP, has welcomed a 10-year partnership between Leighton Contractors and non-profit organisation CareerTrackers to bolster Indigenous employment.

"This partnership shows the goodwill that exists in corporate Australia to increase employment opportunities for Indigenous Australians," Mr Tudge said.

CareerTrackers is a national organisation that works with Indigenous university students and private sector companies to create career pathways for Indigenous Australians.

Project launched "Empower Communities"

Key Indigenous leaders and representatives from corporate Australia have come together for the first official meeting of the Federal Government’s Empowered Communities project.

The project is a joint effort between Indigenous leaders from eight regions across Australia, the Australian Government, and Jawun Indigenous Corporate Partnerships. Several state governments are also participating.

National Apology Breakfast, Government House Sydney

Thank you Mr McMullen for your warm welcome.

I would like to pay my respects to the traditional owners of the land on which we meet: the Gadigal people of the Eora nation.

Thank you Mr Allen Madden for your warm welcome to country.

And I thank you, Your Excellency Professor Marie Bashir, and Sir Nicholas Shehadie AC OBE, for hosting this breakfast.

I acknowledge our distinguished guests:

SNAICC Breakfast Speech

At the outset I would just say thank you to Angela and Geraldine and SNAICC, your organisation, as well as the other co-organisations, ACOSS, UNICEF and Early Childhood Australia, for putting on the breakfast this morning.

Also, thank you for allowing, particularly the parliamentarians, to hear more about the work that you do and the contribution that you are making to our community.

We’ve got a bunch of IAC members here today, and it’s terrific to have those members here listening to the presentations.

Launching the Innovative Research Universities Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Higher Education Statement of Intent

Thank you Vice-Chancellor Professor John Dewar for your warm welcome.

I would like to acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land on which we are meeting today, the Ngunnawal and Ngambri people.

I want to acknowledge Professor Dewar’s colleagues, Vice-Chancellors of the IRU universities.

I also acknowledge Professor Larkin and Leanne Holt as the co-chairs of the Innovative Research Universities Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Network, and the other members here today:

Graduation Awards Speech

Ladies and gentlemen

It is a great pleasure to be here today at this Graduation Ceremony here in Brisbane.

I live in Melbourne and work most of the time in Canberra, as the Prime Minister's Parliamentary Secretary - a grand title, but it means one of his junior ministers.

But I was particularly keen to come to this Ceremony and wish you well on behalf of the Prime Minister and the Australian Government.

Because what we are recognising today is of course your personal achievement.  But it is more than that.