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.

Opinion Piece - The Australian - Communal despair begins with alcohol abuse

Having agreed with East Kimberley leaders to implement the cashless welfare debit card, the government is now receiving ­requests across Western Australia for its introduction.

In most cases the requests are from council or community leaders who are desperate about the situation of their community and hope the card will provide a breakthrough. In Leonora in the Goldfields, for example, a further tragic suicide, this time of a 15-year-old girl, ­was the catalyst for the call out.

5AA Breakfast - Interview with David Penberthy and Will Goodings


Alan Tudge, good morning and thanks very much for your time.


G’day David.


I read your piece this morning in the Australian about the cashless welfare card.  I think it’s in March the trial is rolling out here in SA in Ceduna.   What’s the status of the trial up there and what are you hoping to find out from the trial?


Sky News, The latest with Laura Jayes


Assistant Minister thanks so much for your time.


Hi there Laura.


First of all are you looking at this trial with a view to be rolling this out Australia-wide aft the election?


We're taking this one step at a time Laura.  Our initial step is to trial this concept in two or three locations.  Should this trial be successful then of course  we'll be thinking where else we apply  this card to.

Sky News - Interview with Laura Jayes

LAURA JAYES: Alan Tudge, thanks so much for your time.

ALAN TUDGE: G’day Laura.

LAURA JAYES: It was interesting to see today some of the headlines that came out of this speech from Noel Pearson that he lamented the fact that Tony Abbott’s Prime Ministership had been cut down, that he didn’t pursue a political career 15 years ago.  Do you think Noel Pearson has still got time for that?

Transcript - ABC Melbourne - Fight Club interview with Rafael Epstein

RAFAEL EPSTEIN: Here in the studio, the ALP member for the seat of Hotham, Clare O’Neil. Clare, thank you for coming in.

CLARE O’NEIL: It is great to be here Raf and happy new year to you and your listeners.

RAFAEL EPSTEIN: Thank you. Alan Tudge joins us in Canberra, I haven’t asked – but perhaps because there is a Cabinet meeting tomorrow. He is the Liberal member for the seat of Aston here in Melbourne. He is also Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull. Alan Tudge, good afternoon.

ALAN TUDGE: G’day Raf, g’day Clare.

Sky News – PVO Newshour Interview with Peter Van Onselen

Topics: Shorten's education announcement, same sex marriage plebiscite, Tony Abbott, tax reform, republic debate E&OE…

G'day Peter.

We might be rudely interrupted at some stage sooner, rather than later by Bill Shorten with his massive funding announcement around schools and education. If that happens, I hope we can keep you on the line and come back to you for an immediate Government reaction.

Transcript - Sky - AM Agenda - Interview with Kieran Gilbert

Topics: tax reform, GST debate

KIERAN GILBERT: There has been described as a bit of unrest in the Liberal Party, a bit of a revolt on the tax issue. Is this healthy debate or is it all getting a bit messy?

ALAN TUDGE: I think it is natural that many of the backbench are discussing this issue and hopefully reflecting the views of some of their constituents. Obviously people remember the last time we had a big GST discussion and how things went there.