Simon Birmingham

Minister for Small Business, Innovation and Trade

Australian Government

Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham has served as a Liberal Party Senator for South Australia since May 2007. In August 2018, he was appointed as Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment as well as Deputy Leader of the Government in the Senate.

Prior to his position in the Senate, Simon worked for a number of industry bodies, establishing particular experience in the wine, tourism and hospitality sectors in South Australia.

Simon served as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment in 2013, responsibile for water policy, including the Murray-Darling Basin, National Parks and the Bureau of Meteorology. He was later appointed to serve as the Assistant Minister for Education and Training in the Abbott Ministry in 2014, with responsibility for vocational education, apprenticeships, training and skills. In September 2015, he was appointed to position of Minister for Education and Training in the Turnbull government, followed by an appointment as Manager of Government Business in the Senate in 2018.