Lisa Neville

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Lisa Neville

Minister for Police
Assumed office
23 May 2016
Preceded byWade Noonan
Minister for Water
Assumed office
4 December 2014
Preceded byPeter Walsh
Minister for Environment and Climate Change
In office
4 December 2014 – 23 May 2016
Preceded byRyan Smith
Succeeded byLily D'Ambrosio
Member of the Victorian Legislative Assembly
for Bellarine
Assumed office
30 November 2002
Preceded byGarry Spry
Personal details
Born (1964-05-27) 27 May 1964 (age 55)
Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia
Political partyLabor Party
Spouse(s)Richard Marles (divorced)
Alma materGriffith University (BA, 1986)
Deakin University (LLB, 1999)

Lisa Mary Neville (born 27 May 1964) is an Australian politician, currently serving as the member for Bellarine in the Victorian Legislative Assembly. She represents the Labor Party. She currently is the Minister for Police and Minister for Water.

Early life and education[edit]

Neville was born in Newcastle, New South Wales. Her father worked for the airline Qantas, and the family moved around Australia and Papua New Guinea before settling in Brisbane. Neville attended Mount Alvernia College, and then completed an arts degree at Griffith University. At university, she was involved in student unionism, initially with the Queensland Union of Students and then as general secretary and president of the National Union of Students in Melbourne. She worked as a community visitor, inspecting residential facilities for the elderly and disabled on behalf of the state Public Advocate.[1]

Political career[edit]

Neville first entered parliament at the 2002 election winning the marginal Liberal seat of Bellarine. After spending her first term on the backbench, she was promoted to the position of Minister for Mental Health, Minister for Children and Minister for Aged Care after the 2006 election.

Neville was named as the Shadow Minister for Environment, Climate Change and the Arts by leader Daniel Andrews following Labor's loss in the 2010 Victorian state election.

Neville was made Minister for Environment and Climate Change and Minister for Water following the 2014 Victorian state election.[2]

Following a cabinet reshuffle in May 2016 Lisa Neville was appointed as the first female Minister for Police in Victoria, and retained her water portfolio.[3]

In December 2016 Neville announced the recruitment of 2,735 new Victoria Police officers. The largest in the organisation's history as part of Victoria's first Community Safety Statement.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Neville was previously married to, and has a son with, Richard Marles, who later became the federal MP for Corio.[1]


  1. ^ a b Nader, Carol (13 November 2009). "Minister for Bad News". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
  2. ^ "Daniel Andrews sworn in as Victorian Premier, unveils ministerial portfolios". ABC News.
  3. ^ Willingham, Richard (23 May 2016). "Lisa Neville is new Police Minister after cabinet reshuffle". The Age. Retrieved 22 October 2018.
  4. ^ "'Unprecedented': Victoria to boost police force by 20 per cent". ABC News. 4 December 2016. Retrieved 22 October 2018.

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Victorian Legislative Assembly
Preceded by
Garry Spry
Member for Bellarine
Political offices
Preceded by
Ryan Smith
as Minister for Environment and Climate Change
Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Water
Succeeded by
Lily D'Ambrosio
as Minister for Environment and Climate Change
Preceded by
Peter Walsh
as Minister for Water
Preceded by
Lily D'Ambrosio
as Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change
Minister for Water
Preceded by
Wade Noonan
Minister for Police