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.

Doorstop Parliament House, Canberra

ALAN TUDGE:   As you’d be aware, the Senate has just passed the Welfare Debit Card trial legislation.

It was passed with the support of the Labor Party and seven of the eight crossbenchers. I’d like to thank those crossbenchers and the Labor Party for supporting the passage of this legislation.

This is a watershed moment in how we deliver welfare.

Housing and Federation


Thank you for the invitation to be here to discuss Housing and Homelessness in the context of reforming our federation. 

This is a big topic, with many complex issues. I hope today to provide an outline to you on the major issues that we are confronting and how we might be able to resolve them. 

Sky AM Agenda Interview with David Lipson

DAVID LIPSON: Alan Tudge, I know you’ve been working very hard on the welfare card for indigenous communities, just trialling this card. How are the planning stages going? When will we see this rolled out and are there any other communities that are being looked at, at the moment?

ALAN TUDGE: Good morning David. Firstly it’s not just about indigenous communities but would apply to all people within a prescribed area.

We’ve already announced…

DAVID LIPSON: That’s important, thanks.

ABC774 Drive ‘Fight Club’ Interview with Rafael Epstein

RAFAEL EPSTEIN: Alan Tudge is the Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister.  He is the Member for Aston.  Oh the Aston by-election.  He owns a bit of political history by way of political ancestry, Alan welcome.

ALAN TUDGE: G’day Raf.

RAFAEL EPSTEIN: It’s only political dags like you and me.

ALAN TUDGE: That’s right, it’s a long time ago now Raf.

RAFAEL EPSTEIN: David Feeney now joins us in the red corner, royally decorated for those who dance well.  He’s the…

PVO Newsday Interview with Peter Van Onselen

PETER VAN ONSELEN:   I am joined now in Melbourne by the Assistant Social Services Minister Alan Tudge. Thanks very much for being there.

ALAN TUDGE:   G’day Peter.

PETER VAN ONSELEN:   What is going on with the GST? I mean, there is so much ground being laid by the Government it seems. We have heard it again today with the comments from the Prime Minister about fairness being an important prerequisite.

Doorstop - Parliament House Canberra


It’s been revealed that the costs of scrapping the East-West Link project has blown out to $861 million --

$221 million more than originally estimated.

That is $861 million that taxpayers will never see again. That has literally been put on the scrapheap, put on the bonfire and we will never get back.

This is an absolute scandal and one of the biggest wastes of public funds since Kevin Rudd’s pink batts scheme.

Transcript Sky News PVO Newshour - Interview with Peter Van Onselen

Topics: 1975 Whitlam dismissal, Julie Bishop, unemployment rate, Prime Minister’s overseas visit

ALAN TUDGE: G’day Peter.

PETER VAN ONSELEN: I’ve got to ask you about something. The last time we spoke you gave a passionate defence of your fellow Victorian, Malcolm Fraser, and the traditional position of the Liberal Party about what happened from the 1975 constitutional crisis and then your boss, Malcolm Turnbull, launches a book and pretty much says the opposite. What’s going on? You are going to have to have a stern word to him.

Welfare Debit Card Centrepiece Of Major Reform Package For Kununurra And Wyndham

Kununurra and Wyndham in the East Kimberley will become the second trial site for the Welfare Debit Card. The introduction of the card will be part of larger package of reform.

The Government has been working with the Kununurra Indigenous leaders, Wyndham community representatives, the Western Australian State Government, the Shire of Wyndham and East Kimberley, and the local business community over the last six months to design a trial of the Welfare Debit Card to address welfare-fueled alcohol and drug abuse, empower local leaders, and provide greater employment opportunities.