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Bill Shorten is the Minister for Education and Workplace Relations in the Federal Labor Government.
He was re-elected as the Member for Maribyrnong at the 2010 Federal Election and sworn into the Ministry in September 2010. On 12 December 2011 Bill was promoted to Cabinet and given the additional portfolio areas of Employment and Workplace Relations, while holding onto Financial Services and Superannuation.
Most recently, Bill was appointed Minister for Education and is leading the Government’s education reforms which will deliver more individual attention and more resources for students in every school.
As a senior member of the Australian Government, Minister Shorten has played a key role in securing a number of historic Labor reforms including lifting universal superannuation to 12 per cent – a long overdue reform boosting the retirement incomes of 8.4 million working Australians and establishing DisabilityCare, the national disability insurance scheme.
As Minister for Workplace Relations, Minister Shorten has continued the Labor Government’s ongoing commitment to a fair and productive workplace relations system.
Before his promotion to the Ministry, Bill was the Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities, Children’s Services and Victorian Bushfire reconstruction. Prior to that Bill worked at the Australian Workers Union, holding key leadership positions including State Secretary of the AWU Victoria Branch from 1998 to 2006 and the National Secretary from 2001 to 2007.
Bill has also been a director of AustralianSuper, Australia’s largest superannuation fund and a director of the Victorian Funds Management Corporation. This experience, combined with his MBA from the Melbourne Business School and a Bachelors degree in Arts and Law from Monash University, gives Bill both the education and practical experience required for such a diverse and complex portfolio.
Bill lives in his electorate of Maribyrnong with wife and three children.