Jeremy Rockliff

Jeremy Page Rockliff (born 5 February 1970 in Devonport, Tasmania) is the Deputy Premier of Tasmania since 2014 and has been a Liberal Party member of the Tasmanian House of Assembly in the Division of Braddon since the 2002 election.

Jeremy Rockliff

Deputy Premier of Tasmania
Assumed office
31 March 2014
PremierWill Hodgman
Peter Gutwein
Preceded byBryan Green
Personal details
Jeremy Page Rockliff

(1970-02-05) 5 February 1970 (age 50)
Devonport, Tasmania, Australia
Political partyLiberal Party
Spouse(s)Sandra Knowles
ChildrenThree daughters (Ruby, Lucy and Holly)
ResidenceSassafras, Tasmania
Alma materLaunceston Church Grammar School
Lincoln University
OccupationPolitician, farmer, company director
PortfolioEducation and Training
Primary Industries and Water

Early life and educationEdit

Rockliff was educated at Sassafras Primary School, Latrobe High School and Launceston Church Grammar School, where he was School Captain and Captain of Athletics and Boarding, matriculating in 1987. He spent 1988 as a jackeroo, before studying at Lincoln University in New Zealand from 1989 to 1990, where he obtained a Diploma in Farm Management. He has been Managing Director of Sassafras Farms since 1991.

Political careerEdit

Rockliff joined the Young Liberal Movement in 1991, and the Liberal Party in 1992. He became MP for Braddon in the House of Assembly in 2002. He was immediately promoted to the front bench, serving as opposition whip from 2002 until March 2006. When Will Hodgman, who had also been first elected in 2002, was elected leader of The Tasmanian Liberal Party in March 2006, he named Rockliff as his deputy, and hence Deputy Leader of the Opposition.

Rockliff became Deputy Premier of Tasmania in March 2014, following the Liberal Party winning government at the 2014 state election. He is also currently Minister for Education and Training, and Minister for Primary Industries and Water.[1] When Hodgman resigned as party leader and Premier in January 2020, Rockcliff did not stand in the subsequent Liberal Party leadership contest, which was won by Peter Gutwein unopposed on 20 January 2020.[2] As such, Rockcliff remains as deputy party leader and deputy Premier.


  1. ^ Humphries, Alexandra. "Tassal East Coast expansion row". The Mercury. Retrieved 1 November 2016.
  2. ^ "Peter Gutwein elected unopposed to replace Hodgman as Tasmanian premier". ABC News. 20 January 2020. Retrieved 20 January 2020.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Bryan Green
Deputy Premier of Tasmania
Minister for Primary Industries and Water
Minister for Racing
Succeeded by
Adam Brooks
Preceded by
Brian Wightman
as Minister for Education and Skills
Minister for Education and Training