Deputy Premier and Minister for Education, the Hon. James Merlino MP
Deputy Premier Merlino is the Member for Monbulk and was elected to Parliament in 2002. He was the Minister for Sport, Recreation and Youth Affairs from December 2006-December 2010, Minister Assisting the Premier on Multicultural Affairs from August 2007-December 2010 and Minister for Police and Minister for Corrections from October-December 2010.
Minister for Training and Skills (international education), the Hon. Steve Herbert MP
Minister Herbert has been heavily involved in education and training for nearly 30 years.
He qualified as a teacher in 1977 and taught at secondary schools including technical schools in the northern suburbs. Steve’s interest in politics, both Australian and international, led to him serving in a number of advisory roles to Victorian and Commonwealth Parliamentarians, including as Chief of Staff to the late Lynne Kosky, Minister for Education from 1999-2002.
Steve was first elected to the seat of Eltham in 2002 and shortly after was appointed Chair of the Parliamentary Education and Training Committee. He became the Parliamentary Secretary for Environment in December 2006 after the re-election of the Bracks Government. In August 2007, Minister Herbert was appointed Parliamentary Secretary for Education and served in that role until the election in 2010.
During his time in Opposition, Steve was Opposition Spokesman for Higher Education, Training and Skills. In 2014, he stood for the seat of Northern Victoria and was successfully elected on 28 November.
His extensive knowledge and understanding of the vocational education and training system led to Steve’s appointment to the position of Minister for Training and Skills following the election of the Andrews Government in November 2014.
Steve is committed to building a stable and secure training system which supports all Victorian’s to gain the skills required by industry to gain meaningful employment or up skill throughout their lives.
Minister for Families and Children, the Hon. Jenny Mikakos MP
Minister Mikakos is also the Minister for Youth Affairs, and was elected to the Victorian Parliament in 1999 as the Member for Jika Jika province. Following reforms to Legislative Council, she was elected as Member for Northern Metropolitan Region. Ms Mikakos was previously Parliamentary Secretary for Justice from December 2002-August 2007 and Parliamentary Secretary for Planning from August 2007-December 2010.