Dan Tehan is a country boy at heart and is passionate about representing the people of Wannon.
Dan grew up on a family farm in rural Victoria, with his three brothers and two sisters. His father ran Merino sheep and Hereford cattle while his mother started her own small business in a nearby town to earn off-farm income.
From an early age, Dan’s parents and grandparents taught him that people in rural communities deserve a fair go and that you need to be prepared to stand up and fight for what you believe in.
Dan’s mother represented rural Victoria in our State Parliament, his father was actively involved in the Victorian Farmers Federation, and his grandfather helped form the National Farmers’ Federation.
Dan’s education, personal experience and career have given him a real understanding of the needs of people living in our region. Importantly, it has also taught him how to get the action to address these needs.
His education at a country primary school and high school taught him the importance of attracting and retaining the best teachers in our local schools. His Honours Degree at Melbourne University and Master’s Degree in Foreign Affairs and Trade at Monash University highlighted the importance of country students having access to an independent youth allowance that enables them to afford a tertiary education. In between school and university, Dan spent a year working as a farmhand, witnessing first-hand the detrimental impact of the Hawke/Keating Government’s high-interest rate policy of country Australia.
Dan’s career has always involved achieving outcomes for rural and regional communities. As a diplomat, Senior Adviser to the Deputy Prime Minister and Chief of Staff to the Minister for Small Business and Tourism he worked on real issues that have a direct impact on our communities: like reducing the level of regulation on small business, assisting farmers to sell their goods overseas and improving the standard of mobile phone and internet services in country areas.
Dan was sworn in as the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Minister for Defence Personnel, Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Cyber Security and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of Anzac on 27 July 2016.
He previously served as Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Minister for Defence Materiel and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of Anzac from 18 February 2016.
As Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Defence Personnel, Dan launched the Prime Minister’s Veterans’ Employment Program to improve the transition process for Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel leaving the military and finding successful and rewarding post-service employment. He has also made improving the mental health of ADF and veterans a priority with the implementation of a range of initiatives, including the provision of free mental health treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, anxiety and drug and alcohol misuse conditions to anyone who has served in the ADF for one full day. Dan has also represented the Australian Government at significant military commemorations, including at Gallipoli Anzac Day 2016 and the 100th anniversaries of the battles of Pozières and Fromelles in France, 2016.
As Australia’s first minister with responsibility for cyber security, Dan is tasked with delivering the $230 million Australia’s Cyber Security Strategy, including the establishment of the Joint Cyber Security Centres and the Cyber Security Growth Centre. He has represented the Government on cyber security at the Australian-Indonesia Ministerial Council on Law and Security.
Dan also sits on a number of Committees