Scott Ryan (Australian politician)

Senator The Honourable
Scott Ryan
Special Minister of State
Assumed office
19 July 2016
Preceded by Mathias Cormann
Minister Assisting the Cabinet Secretary
Assumed office
15 September 2015
Preceded by new title
Minister for Vocational Education and Skills
In office
18 February 2016 (2016-02-18)  19 July 2016
Preceded by Luke Hartsuyker
Succeeded by Karen Andrews (as Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills)
Senator for Victoria
Assumed office
1 July 2008
Personal details
Born (1973-05-12) 12 May 1973
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Nationality Australian
Political party Liberal Party of Australia
Spouse(s) Helen Stitt
Children 1
Alma mater University of Melbourne

Scott Michael Ryan (born 12 May 1973) is an Australian politician. He has been a Senator representing the state of Victoria for the Liberal Party of Australia since the 2007 federal election. Following the 2013 federal election that resulted in the formation of the Abbott Ministry, Ryan was appointed as the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Education;[1] later expanded as the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Education and Training.[2] On 18 February 2016 Ryan was sworn in as the Minister for Vocational Education and Skills following a rearrangement in the First Turnbull Ministry.[3][4]


Ryan was born on 12 May 1973 in Brisbane, Queensland,[5] and grew up in Essendon, Victoria.[5] He was educated at St Kevin's College, Melbourne[5] and graduated from the University of Melbourne, with a Bachelor of Arts.[5] While at university, he served as President of the Melbourne University Liberal Club and was a member of the Australian Liberal Students' Federation, where he is a life member.[6]

He started his career as a tutor of political science at St Mary's College, a constituent college of the University of Melbourne.[5] He then worked in corporate affairs for pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline.[7][8] He also worked as a speechwriter and political advisor.[5] In 2008, he was a Research Fellow at the Institute of Public Affairs in Melbourne.[5]

He was a member of the executive of the Victorian Division of the Liberal Party, holding the office of Vice President.[5] He has been a Liberal member of the Australian Senate since July 2008, representing the state of Victoria.[5] He was elected to serve a six-year term in the Senate at the 2007 federal election, after being preselected in the third position on the Coalition ticket in Victoria.[5]

Personal life

He is married to Helen.[5] They have a son and reside in Melbourne.[5]


  1. "Abbott Ministry" (PDF). Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Commonwealth of Australia. 18 September 2013. Retrieved 22 September 2013.
  2. "Tony Abbott's revamped Ministry sworn in at Government House". News Corp Australia. 23 December 2014. Retrieved 23 December 2014.
  3. Massola, James (13 February 2016). "Cabinet reshuffle: Malcolm Turnbull announces new frontbench as Mal Brough resigns". The Age. Retrieved 13 February 2016.
  4. "Ministerial Swearing-in Ceremony". Events. Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia. 18 February 2016. Retrieved 19 February 2016.
  5. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 "Biography". Official website. Scott Ryan.
  6. "ALSF Life Members". Australian Liberal Students' Federation. Retrieved 19 September 2013.
  7. Schubert, Misha (19 June 2006). "Costello's crew power ahead on road to Senate". The Age. Retrieved January 2008. Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  8. "Candidate for Victoria Mr Scott Ryan". Liberal Party of Australia, Victorian Division. Retrieved January 2008. Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
Political offices
Preceded by
Luke Hartsuyker
Minister for Vocational Education and Skills

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