Nicholas Kotsiras was first elected the Member for Bulleen in 1999 and has been re-elected in 2002, 2006 and 2010.
Nicholas completed his secondary education at Thornbury High School and went on to complete a Bachelor of Science (Education) Degree at the University of Melbourne.
Before entering the Victorian Parliament he was a secondary school science and mathematics teacher working hard to inspire young minds and create greater future opportunities for his students. He taught at Coburg High School and Merriland High School before taking up the Principal’s position at Brunswick Grammar.
Nicholas worked as an advisor to the Victoria Premier on multicultural affairs and was a ministerial advisor and late Chief of Staff to the Minister for Tertiary Education and Training.
An active member of his local community, Nicholas is an honorary member of the Veneto Club and the Rotary Club of Templestowe, as well as a member of the Parliamentary Lions Club.
Nicholas has been an opposition spokesman since 2001 and a member of Shadow Cabinet since 2006. He has previously been the Liberal spokesman on Technology and Innovation, Youth Affairs and Tourism. Among the Shadow Ministries he has held includes Youth, Sport and Recreation, Multicultural Affairs, Innovation and Citizenship.
Nicholas is the Victorian Minister for Multicultural Affairs & Citizenship and the Minister for Energy and Resources.
Nicholas and his wife Angela have three children.