Biography

Peter Dutton is the Member for Dickson and Minister for Home Affairs.

Mr Dutton was sworn-in as Minister for Home Affairs in August 2018. The Department of Home Affairs has responsibility for national security, federal law enforcement, border protection, emergency management, cyber security and critical infrastructure.

Previously, Mr Dutton served as the inaugural Home Affairs Minister from December 2017 and Minister for Immigration and Border Protection from December 2014 until August 2018 overseeing Operation Sovereign Borders – stopping the boats, getting every child out of detention, closing the Manus Regional Processing Centre and overseeing the special intake of 12,000 refugees from the Syria and Iraq conflicts.

Prior to that appointment he was Minister for Health and Minister for Sport from September 2013 establishing the $20 billion Medical Research Future Fund.

Mr Dutton is married to Kirilly and is the proud father of Rebecca, Harry and Tom.

First elected to the Australian Parliament as the Member for Dickson in November 2001 at age 30, Mr Dutton became one of the youngest Ministers since Federation when appointed to the Ministry by Prime Minister John Howard in 2004.

In January 2006, Mr Dutton was promoted to Minister for Revenue and Assistant Treasurer and worked closely with Australia’s longest serving Treasurer Peter Costello.

Whilst in Opposition between 2008 and 2013 Mr Dutton served as Shadow Minister for Finance, Competition Policy and Deregulation and Shadow Minister for Health and Ageing.

Before his election to Parliament, Mr Dutton was a successful small businessman and employed a staff of 40.

Mr Dutton also served as a Queensland Police Officer for a decade and worked in the National Crime Authority and Drug and Sex Offenders’ Squads.

From Peter

• My workplace has more than 100 people, can I still go to work? • Should I be taking my kids out of childcare or school? • What about sports and activities? Our coronavirus frequently asked questions can be found right here - https://www.health.gov.au/resources/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-frequently-asked-questions

Mar 25

The Australian border has now closed for non-citizens and non-residents. Only Australian citizens, residents, and their family will be allowed to travel here.

Mar 20

All Australians have a role to play to defeat coronavirus and we do that by slowing down its spread. Every, single Australian needs to do their part - practice social distancing - that’s staying 1.5m away from each other - good hand hygiene, and if you feel even slightly sick or have the sniffles, please stay home and isolate yourself from other people. By sticking together and supporting each other, we will get through this, we will protect and save lives, and we will bounce back stronger on the other side.

Mar 20

#LIVE: Update on coronavirus response following today's National Cabinet meeting.

Mar 20