Minister for Veterans’ Affairs
Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC
Minister for Defence Personnel
Member for Wannon
Dan Tehan MP was elected to Parliament as the Federal Member for Wannon on 21 August 2010.
Dan was appointed Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Minister for Defence Materiel in February 2016. Following the 2016 Federal Election Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull appointed Dan as Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC and Minister for Defence Personnel.
Dan has previously chaired the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security. This Committee investigates counter terrorism measures, Australia’s intelligence organisations such as ASIO as well as the Australian Federal Police in relation to national security.
Dan has also severed as chair of the Victorian Consultative Panel for the Black Spot Programme. The Black Spot Programme helps reduce crashes on Australian roads by funding measures such as traffic signals and roundabouts at dangerous locations.
Heavily involved in policy development, before his elevation to the Ministry, Dan also chaired the Coalition Backbench Policy Committee on Agriculture as well serving of a number of others committees including the House of Representatives Agriculture and Industry Committee. Other roles include being the Convenor of the Coalition Friends of Tourism and involvement with several Parliamentary Friendship Groups. In February 2015 Dan was appointed the Convenor of the Australia-Americas Parliamentary Network and Chair of the Australia-USA Parliamentary Group.
Educated at a country primary school and high school, Dan went on to an Honours Degree at Melbourne University. He has a Master’s Degree in International Relations from Kent University in the United Kingdom and a Master’s Degree in Foreign Affairs and Trade from Monash University.
Dan worked in Agriculture locally and abroad before joining the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade where he held various roles including working as a Diplomat at the Australian Embassy in Mexico.
Dan has worked at senior levels of the Australian Government. Dan is a former Senior Adviser to the Deputy Prime Minister and Chief of Staff to the Minister for Small Business and Tourism. In 2007 Dan became Director of Trade Policy and International Affairs at the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry. He worked as the Deputy State Director for the Victorian Liberal Party from 2008-09.
Dan lives with his wife Sarah and their family on a small farm on the outskirts of Hamilton. He enjoys spending time outdoors with his family and their increasing number of pets.