Minister for Human Services
Minister Tudge was elected to the Federal Parliament in the seat of Aston in Melbourne's outer east in 2010. He was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister following the 2013 election. In 2015 he was appointed as Assistant Minister to Prime Minister Turnbull and Assistant Minister for Social Services. On 18 February 2016, he was promoted as the Minister for Human Services, also retaining responsibility for the introduction of the cashless welfare debit card, drug and gambling policy.
Prior to entering Parliament, Minister Tudge had a successful career in business, spending several years with the Boston Consulting Group in Australia, Malaysia and New York, and running his own advisory business. He also spent several years as the Deputy Director of Noel Pearson's Cape York Institute where he oversaw the development of a large welfare reform agenda.
His experience with Cape York began in 2000 when he was the first corporate secondee under the Jawun initiative, which has now sent over 1000 secondees from Australia's leading companies and government agencies to assist with Indigenous advancement in remote Australia.
Minister Tudge is a co-founder of Teach for Australia, a national non-profit which targets top graduates from non-teacher faculties and fast-tracks them into teaching in disadvantaged schools.
He was born and educated in the eastern outskirts of Melbourne where his parents were new immigrants to Australia. 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.
Minister Tudge is a keen sportsman and proud North Melbourne supporter. He lives in Wantirna South with his wife, Teri, and their three children.