Biography

Simon Birmingham has served as a Liberal Party Senator for South Australia since May 2007 and in August 2018 he was appointed as Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment as well as Deputy Leader of the Government in the Senate. In 2020 Simon became the Minister for Finance and is the Leader of the Government in the Senate.

Simon grew up near Gawler in Adelaide’s north on his family’s small horse agistment property and was educated at local schools before going on to study at the University of Adelaide where he completed a Masters of Business Administration.

Prior to entering the Senate, Simon worked for a number of industry bodies, establishing particular experience in the wine, tourism and hospitality sectors – industries that are critical to South Australia’s prosperity.

After less than three years in the Senate Simon was appointed to the Shadow Ministry, serving as Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for the Murray-Darling Basin and the Environment until the 2013 election.

Following the change of government in 2013 Simon served as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment, with responsibility for water policy, including the Murray-Darling Basin, National Parks and the Bureau of Meteorology. In 2014 Simon was appointed to serve as the Assistant Minister for Education and Training in the Abbott Ministry, with specific responsibility for vocational education, apprenticeships, training and skills. In September 2015 he was appointed to position of Minister for Education and Training in the Turnbull government. In February 2018 he was appointed Manager of Government Business in the Senate.

He is married to Courtney and has two young daughters, Matilda and Amelia. Simon is an active supporter of the Parliamentary Association for UNICEF and a proud Adelaide Crows fan.

From Simon

How good is Queensland! Exciting news for Australia and Queensland - we’re now a step closer to hosting another Olympic and Paralympic Games. Overnight the International Olympic Committee announced it will enter exclusive negotiations with Queensland for the 2032 event. This is a hugely positive development but we still have a lot of work to do. Since the Federal Government announced our support for the bid in 2019, we’ve been working with the state and local governments, the Australian Olympic Committee and Paralympics Australia to put forward the best possible case for Queensland to host 2032. The event is potentially a game-changer for Queensland. It will see the Sunshine State beamed around the globe, while delivering an economic and jobs boom. We saw how Sydney 2000 brought our nation together and took Australian sport to a new level, and that’s what we’ll be aiming to do again if we’re successful in hosting the Olympic and Paralympic Games again in 2032.

Feb 25

The best form of welfare is a job. The Morrison Government continues to be focused on job creation. 94% of the 1.3 million people who lost their jobs or were stood down on zero hours are now back in work.

Feb 25

Australia's economic recovery is underway and our labour market has been enormously resilient in the face of this huge economic shock.

Feb 25

Stronger. Safer. Together.

Feb 25