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.

Template in place for progress in indigenous communities

NICOLAS Rothwell is one of the most thoughtful writers on indigenous matters, but his critique of federal government policy fails to comprehend the stark shift that is under way — in priorities, governance and practical action.

This shift will not result in communities being turned around overnight — an impossible expectation — but progress is already being made and the structures are in place for accelerated progress this year and beyond.

Transcript - ABC Radio National Drive - with Patricia Karvelas

Topics: leadership, party room, submarines, closing the gap


ALAN TUDGE: G’day Patricia, great to be on your program.

PATRICIA KARVELAS: So what do you think about this call for no leadership spills between elections? Do you support it?

ALAN TUDGE: I’m not going to get into the detailed discussions of what occurred in our party room. All I would say…

Transcript - 5AA Adelaide - Interview with David Penberthy

DAVID PENBERTHY: It’s reasonably depressing reading, isn’t it, this report?

ALAN TUDGE: The report which will be announced today in the parliament is disappointing, but at the same time there is progress being made on a number of fronts. For example, there’s now 50 per cent more students who are graduating from university than there was a decade ago. The year 12 attainment rate amongst Aboriginal students is significantly higher today than a decade ago.

Doorstop, National apology breakfast, Sydney

Topics: Closing the Gap, Leadership, Child removal policies

JOURNALIST: If the government is serious about closing the gap, will they consider reversing budget cuts to put money back into Indigenous programs?

ALAN TUDGE: If money was the answer, we would have closed the gap many years ago. What we’re absolutely focused on is ensuring that kids are at school and adults are in work because if those two things happen, typically so many other things are so much easier to accomplish.