Celia Hammond (politician)

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Celia Hammond

Member of the Australian Parliament
for Curtin
Assumed office
18 May 2019
Preceded byJulie Bishop
Personal details
Born (1968-11-22) 22 November 1968 (age 51)
Northam, Western Australia, Australia[1]
Political partyLiberal
EducationLLM, LLB, BJuris(Hons) University of Western Australia
OccupationVice Chancellor University of Notre Dame



Celia Monica Hammond[2] (born 22 November 1968)[3] is an Australian politician and former academic who has been a member of the House of Representatives since the 2019 federal election. She is a member of the Liberal Party and represents the Division of Curtin in Western Australia. She previously served as the vice-chancellor of the University of Notre Dame Australia from 2008 to 2019.

Early life[edit]

Hammond was born in Northam, Western Australia, and moved to the Perth suburb of City Beach at the age of 10.[1] She studied law at the University of Western Australia, graduating in 1991.[4] Her father Kevin Hammond was the Chief Justice of the District Court of Western Australia.[5]


Hammond was admitted as a legal practitioner in 1992. She lectured at the University of Western Australia from 1994 to 1998,[4] before accepting a position as a senior lecturer at the University of Notre Dame Australia's newly established Fremantle School of Law. She was subsequently promoted to professor and head of the law school, before being appointed vice-chancellor in 2008.[6] She resigned the post in February 2019 to enter politics, although she had planned to retire later in the year.[5]


In March 2019, Hammond won Liberal preselection for the Division of Curtin, following the retirement of the sitting member Julie Bishop. She is considered to be more conservative than her predecessor.[7] She retained the seat for the Liberals with a reduced majority.[8]


  1. ^ a b "Celia Hammond". Liberal Party of Australia. Retrieved 31 May 2019.
  2. ^ "Qualification checklist" (PDF). Australian Electoral Commission. Retrieved 29 May 2019.
  3. ^ "Ms Celia Hammond MP". www.aph.gov.au. Parliament of Australia. Retrieved 20 September 2019.
  4. ^ a b "Celia Hammond (1991)". University of Western Australia. Retrieved 31 May 2019.
  5. ^ a b "Notre Dame University vice-chancellor set to replace Julie Bishop in Curtin". WAToday. 25 February 2019. Retrieved 30 May 2019.
  6. ^ "Notre Dame appoints 39-year-old VC". The Record. 28 May 2008. Retrieved 31 May 2019.
  7. ^ "In God they trust as Libs pick Catholic uni leader Celia Hammond". The West Australian. 11 March 2019. Retrieved 31 May 2019.
  8. ^ "Federal Election 2019 Results". ABC News. Retrieved 31 May 2019.
Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Julie Bishop
Member for Curtin