Sussan Ley

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The Honourable
Sussan Ley
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Assistant Minister for Education
Assumed office
18 September 2013
Preceded by Kate Ellis
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Farrer
Assumed office
10 November 2001
Preceded by Tim Fischer
Personal details
Born (1961-12-14) 14 December 1961 (age 52)
Kano, Nigeria
Nationality Australian
Political party Liberal Party of Australia
Children 3
Residence Albury, New South Wales
Alma mater La Trobe University
University of New South Wales
Charles Sturt University
Occupation Pilot, taxation officer

Sussan Penelope Ley (born 14 December 1961), Australian politician, has been a Liberal Party of Australia member of the Australian House of Representatives since November 2001, representing the Division of Farrer, New South Wales. Ley has been the Assistant Minister for Education in the Abbott Government since 18 September 2013.[1]

Early years and background[edit]

She was born in Kano, Nigeria to English parents. She emigrated when she was 13.[2] She was educated at La Trobe University, the University of New South Wales and Charles Sturt University. She has masters degrees in taxation and accountancy. She was an air traffic controller and commercial pilot, has been a farmer and worked as a shearer's cook, and was Director of Technical Training at the Australian Taxation Office in Albury 1995-2001[3] before entering politics.


Ley was appointed Parliamentary Secretary (Children and Youth Affairs) in October 2004 and Parliamentary Secretary for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry in January 2006.[4]

Following the 2007 election, Ley was appointed Shadow Minister for Housing and Shadow Minister for Status of Women by Opposition Leader, Dr Brendan Nelson,[5] moving to Shadow Minister for Customs and Justice when Malcolm Turnbull became Opposition Leader in September 2008.[6]

When Tony Abbott became Opposition Leader in December 2009 she was given the portfolio of Shadow Assistant Treasurer[7] and was moved to Shadow Minister for Employment Participation and Shadow Minister for Childcare and Early Childhood Learning after the 2010 election.[8] On September 16, Ley was appointed Assistant Minister for Education in the Abbott Government, with responsibility for childcare.[9]


Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Tim Fischer
Member for Farrer
Political offices
Preceded by
Kate Ellis
as Minister for Early Childhood, Childcare and Youth
Assistant Minister for Education