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The Hon Dan Tehan MP is the Member for Wannon in Victoria. He is Minister for Education and was sworn in on 28 August 2018.

Mr Tehan served as Minister for Social Services from 20 December 2017. Prior to this, he was the Minister for Veterans' Affairs, Minister for Defence Personnel, Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Cyber Security and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of Anzac.

Mr Tehan was elected to Federal Parliament in 2010 and has held positions as the Chair of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security; Chair of the Victorian Consultative Panel for the Black Spot Programme; Chair of the Coalition Policy Committee on Economics and Finance; Co-Chair of the Parliamentarians Supporting Cancer Causes; Co-Chair of the Parliamentary Friends of Youth Mental Health, and; Chair of the Coalition Friends of Tourism.

Prior to entering Parliament, Mr Tehan worked in agriculture in Australia and overseas. He has worked in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade where he held various roles, including as a diplomat at the Australian Embassy in Mexico. Mr Tehan worked at senior levels of the Australian Government, including as a Senior Adviser to the Deputy Prime Minister and Chief of Staff to the Minister for Small Business and Tourism. He also worked as the Director of Trade Policy and International Affairs at the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and as Deputy State Director for the Victorian Liberal Party.

Mr Tehan has Masters Degrees in International Relations and Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Mr Tehan is married and lives in Hamilton. He is a passionate supporter of the Richmond Football Club and enjoys spending time outdoors with his family.

National Conference Opening Address:
The Australian Government is providing record funding to all areas of education, but money is only the means to achieve our goal that every Australian child gets an education that teaches them deep subject knowledge, essential literacy and numeracy skills, and gives them the ability to achieve their potential. The Government is determined to provide education leaders the means to do this.