Neil Pope

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The Honourable
Neil Pope
Member of the Victorian Parliament
for Monbulk
In office
April 1982 – 3 October 1992
Preceded by Bill Borthwick
Succeeded by Steve McArthur
Administrator of Norfolk Island
In office
1 April 2012 – 1 July 2014
Monarch Elizabeth II
Preceded by Owen Walsh
Succeeded by Gary Hardgrave
Personal details
Born (1949-03-03) 3 March 1949 (age 68)
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Nationality Australian
Political party Australian Labor Party
Spouse(s) Jennifer Mary Gebbie
Children Jacinta and Sam
Residence Sorrento
Alma mater Swinburne Technical College
RMIT University
Occupation Politician, managing director

Neil Albert Pope AM (born 3 March 1949) is a former Australian politician. He was the Labor member for Monbulk in the Victorian Legislative Assembly from 1982 to 1992.[1] and served as a Minister in the Labor Governments of John Cain II and Joan Kirner.

He was the Victorian Minister for Labour from 1988 to 1992, Minister for Youth Affairs from 1988 to 1991 and Minister for School Education from January to October in 1992. Pope lost his seat in October 1992, when the Kennett Liberal Government was elected.

Neil Pope was appointed the 36th Administrator of Norfolk Island from 1 April 2012, initially for a two-year term. He completed this appointment on 30 June 2014.

Early life[edit]

Neil Pope was born in Melbourne.

He was educated at Christ Church Grammar School, Caulfield Grammar School, Swinburne Institute of Technology (now Swinburne University) and the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (now RMIT University).

Before politics[edit]

Between 1973 and 1976 Neil Pope was an Assistant Accountant and Assistant Town Clerk in Victorian local government.

In 1976 he became an Industrial Officer with the Municipal Officers Association.

In 1979 until 1982 he served as a councillor on the Shire of Lilydale.

State politics[edit]

In April 1982 Pope was elected to the Parliament of Victoria in the electorate of Monbulk. He defeated Bill Borthwick who was Deputy Premier of Victoria at the time. Pope was re-elected in 1985 and 1988, but lost his seat in the Victorian election of October 1992.

Following the Victorian election of 1988 Neil Pope was elected to the Victorian Cabinet. He was a Government Minister until the defeat of the Labor Government in 1992. He served as Minister for Labour (1988–1992), Minister for Youth Affairs (1988–1991) and Minister for School Education (1991–1992).

After politics[edit]

In February 1993 he established Neil Pope and Associates, a human resource management consultancy, specialising in mediation and workplace reform.

Appointment as Administrator of Norfolk Island[edit]

On 13 February 2012 the Minister for Regional Australia announced that Neil Pope had been appointed as the 36th Administrator of Norfolk Island.[2]

Pope's term commenced on 1 April 2012 and was initially for two years. He was replaced by Gary Hardgrave on 1 July 2014.


Neil Pope was awarded a Centenary Medal in January 2001 for service to the community through industrial relations, local government and parliament.[3]

In the Australia Day 2015 Honours list, Neil was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for significant service to the community of Victoria, particularly through local and state government roles, and to the administration of Norfolk Island.[4]


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Victorian Legislative Assembly
Preceded by
Bill Borthwick
Member for Monbulk
Succeeded by
Steve McArthur
Political offices
Preceded by
Barry Pullen
Minister for Education
Succeeded by
Don Hayward
Government offices
Preceded by
Owen Walsh
Administrator of Norfolk Island
Succeeded by
Gary Hardgrave