Kim Wells

Member for Rowville

About Kim

Shadow Special Minister of State
Shadow Minister for Counter-Terrorism
Manager of Opposition Business
Member for Rowville

Kim Wells was first elected to Parliament in 1992 as the Member for Wantirna and currently represents Rowville electorate in the Victorian Parliament.

Kim has a Bachelor of Business from the Footscray Institute of Technology, a Masters Degree in Accounting from Victoria University and has been a Fellow of CPA Australia.

Kim is an accomplished sportsman whose interests include football, tennis, hiking and mountaineering, summiting the highest mountain on four continents; Australia, Africa, South America and Europe. Kim is a supporter and patron of local sporting clubs and is involved in the Friends of Dandenong Valley Parklands and the Victorian Homeless Fund. Kim is a Queen Scout and Baden Powell Scout and a member of the mighty St Kilda Football Club.

Kim walked the Kokoda track in 1995. So moved by the experience and his friendship with the sister of a Kokoda veteran, Mrs Marg Briggs, he and a team started negotiating to build a permanent memorial at Brigade Hill which was completed a year after. Kim, with the assistance of Parks Victoria, Ross Bastiaan and Hugh Morgan built a replica Kokoda track at the 1000 Steps in Upper Ferntree Gully.

Kim Wells was appointed as Victorian Treasurer in the Coalition government in 2010.  As Treasurer, he delivered two surplus Budgets and set Victoria on a fiscally responsible path, maintaining the State’s coveted AAA credit rating with a stable outlook in very difficult financial circumstances, while addressing Labor’s legacy of massive cost overruns. Kim introduced the fairer Fire Service Property Levy to better fund the MFB and CFA, the largest reform to State taxation in 40 years.

As Minister for Police and Emergency Services and the Minister for Bushfire Response in 2013 and 2014, Kim delivered more than 1900 additional police, and over 950 PSO’s. Kim delivered record funding of CFA and the MFB services, completing 250 new CFA stations across rural Victoria and appointing the first Emergency Management Commissioner to ensure better co-ordination and resourcing for all emergency services in Victoria.

Kim was born in Leongatha, but moved to Bairnsdale as a 6 year old where he grew up, before moving to Melbourne at 18 to play footy with VFL Footscray Reserves and VFA Camberwell and Sunshine teams, attend university and to work.

Kim and his wife Judy have three children.

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