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CHESTER, the Hon. Darren JeffreyBiography for CHESTER, the Hon. Darren Jeffrey

Member for Gippsland (Vic)

The Nationals

Parliamentary Service

Elected to the House of Representatives for Gippsland, Victoria at by-election 2008, vice the Hon. P McGauran (resigned). Re-elected 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019 and 2022.

Parliamentary Positions

Member of the Speaker's Panel from 30.7.2021.

Acting Ministries

Acting Minister for Regional Development from 27.10.2017 to 20.12.2017.

Acting Minister for Local Government and Territories from 27.10.2017 to 20.12.2017.

Ministerial Appointments

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Defence from 18.9.2013 to 21.9.2015.

Assistant Minister for Defence from 21.9.2015 to 18.2.2016.

Minister for Infrastructure and Transport from 18.2.2016 to 20.12.2017.

Cabinet Minister from 18.2.2016 to 20.12.2017.

Cabinet Minister from 5.3.2018 to 28.8.2018.

Minister for Veterans' Affairs from 5.3.2018 to 2.7.2021.

Minister for Defence Personnel from 5.3.2018 to 2.7.2021.

Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC from 5.3.2018 to 29.5.2019.

Cabinet Minister from 6.2.2020 to 2.7.2021.

Committee Service

Joint Statutory: Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity from 26.8.2008 to 19.7.2010; Public Accounts and Audit from 11.3.2022.

Joint Standing: Electoral Matters from 2.6.2011 to 9.12.2011; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade from 6.2.2018 to 1.7.2019; National Disability Insurance Scheme from 11.3.2022.

Joint Select: Road Safety from 26.8.2021 to 25.3.2022 (Chair from 26.8.2021 to 25.3.2022).

House of Representatives Standing: Petitions from 26.8.2008 to 5.8.2013; Communications and the Arts from 6.2.2018 to 11.4.2019.

House of Representatives Select: Regional Development and Decentralisation from 6.2.2018 to 5.3.2018 (Chair from 8.2.2018 to 5.3.2018).

Parliamentary Party Positions

Deputy Leader of the House from 18.2.2016 to 20.12.2017.

Deputy Leader of the House from 5.3.2018 to 2.7.2021.

Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Roads and Regional Transport from 14.9.2010 to 18.9.2013.

Party Positions

Councillor for the Nationals State Branch (Vic.) from 2002 to 2004.


Born 13.9.1967, Sale, Australia


Qualifications and Occupations before entering Federal Parliament

Newspaper and television journalist from 1986 to 1998.

Self-employed marketing consultant from 1998 to 2002.

Executive Officer of Champions of the Bush from 2002 to 2004.

Chief of Staff to P Ryan, MLA (Vic.) from 2004 to 2008.


Name: Gippsland

Location: The Division of Gippsland consists of: East Gippsland Shire Council, Wellington Shire Council, part of Baw Baw Shire Council, part of Latrobe City Council, and the unincorporated area of Gabo Island.

Area: 33,182 Sq km

Electors enrolled: 110,538 (at 11.6.2019)

Industries: Farming and agriculture, gas and electricity, mining, health care, retail, education and training, and correctional and defence services, tourism, forestry and fishing.