Minister for Education (Western Australia)

The Minister for Education and Training is the member of the Government of Western Australia responsible for maintenance and improvement of Western Australia's system of education, and is answerable to the Parliament for all actions taken by the Department of Education under their authority. The holder of the office is usually an elected member of parliament from the ruling party or coalition, presently Sue Ellery of the Labor Party.

Minister for Education and Training
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Incumbent
Sue Ellery

since 17 March 2017 (2017-03-17)
Department of Education
StyleThe Honourable
NominatorPremier of Western Australia
AppointerGovernor of Western Australia
Inaugural holderGeorge Shenton
(as Colonial Secretary)
Formation29 December 1890
WebsiteMinister Sue Ellery MLC

Until the Daglish Ministry in 1904, when the role was separately established, the responsibility for Education generally lay with the Colonial Secretary.

Ministers for Education and Training of Western AustraliaEdit

Minister Party Assumed office Left office Term Title Notes
George Shenton (Forrest) 29 December 1890 11 October 1892 1 year, 287 days Colonial Secretary note 1
Stephen Henry Parker (Forrest) 11 October 1892 4 December 1894 2 years, 54 days
Sir John Forrest (Forrest) 4 December 1894 19 December 1894 15 days
Edward Wittenoom (Forrest) 19 December 1894 12 May 1897 2 years, 144 days
Henry Lefroy (Forrest) 12 May 1897 28 April 1898 351 days
George Randell (Forrest) 28 April 1898 27 May 1901 3 years, 29 days
Frederick Illingworth Opposition 27 May 1901 21 November 1901 178 days note 1
Matthew Moss Ministerialist 21 November 1901 23 December 1901 32 days
Frederick Illingworth Opposition 23 December 1901 1 July 1902 190 days
Walter Kingsmill Opposition 1 July 1902 10 August 1904 2 years, 40 days
Henry Daglish Labor 10 August 1904 7 June 1905 301 days
Thomas Bath Labor 7 June 1905 25 August 1905 79 days
Walter Kingsmill Ministerialist 25 August 1905 7 May 1906 255 days
Frank Wilson Ministerialist 7 May 1906 30 June 1909 3 years, 54 days
John Nanson Ministerialist 30 June 1909 7 October 1911 2 years, 99 days
Thomas Walker Labor 7 October 1911 27 July 1916 4 years, 294 days
Hal Colebatch Liberal (WA) /
Nationalist
27 July 1916 17 June 1923 6 years, 331 days
John Ewing Nationalist 18 June 1923 15 April 1924 302 days
John Drew Labor 16 April 1924 24 April 1930 6 years, 8 days
Norbert Keenan Nationalist 24 April 1930 19 September 1931 1 year, 148 days
Thomas Davy Nationalist 19 September 1931 18 February 1933 1 year, 152 days
Hubert Parker Nationalist 24 February 1933 24 April 1933 59 days
John Willcock Labor 24 April 1933 26 March 1935 1 year, 336 days
Harry Millington Labor 26 March 1935 13 May 1936 1 year, 48 days
Frank Wise Labor 13 May 1936 18 April 1939 2 years, 340 days
William Kitson Labor 18 April 1939 9 December 1943 4 years, 235 days
John Tonkin Labor 9 December 1943 1 April 1947 3 years, 113 days
Arthur Watts Country 1 April 1947 23 February 1953 5 years, 328 days
John Tonkin Labor 23 February 1953 13 May 1954 1 year, 79 days
Bill Hegney Labor 13 May 1954 2 April 1959 4 years, 324 days
Arthur Watts Country 2 April 1959 1 February 1962 2 years, 305 days
Edgar Lewis Country 1 February 1962 3 March 1971 9 years, 30 days
John Tonkin Labor 3 March 1971 12 October 1971 223 days
Tom Evans Labor 12 October 1971 30 May 1973 1 year, 230 days
Jerry Dolan Labor 30 May 1973 8 April 1974 313 days
Graham MacKinnon Liberal 8 April 1974 10 March 1977 2 years, 336 days
Peter Jones National (NCP) 10 March 1977 5 March 1980 2 years, 361 days
Bill Grayden Liberal 5 March 1980 25 January 1982 1 year, 326 days
Andrew Mensaros Liberal 25 January 1982 25 February 1983 1 year, 31 days
Bob Pearce Labor 25 February 1983 25 February 1988 5 years, 0 days
Dr Carmen Lawrence Labor 25 February 1988 12 February 1990 1 year, 352 days
Dr Geoff Gallop Labor 12 February 1990 5 February 1991 358 days
Kay Hallahan Labor 5 February 1991 16 February 1993 2 years, 11 days
Norman Moore Liberal 16 February 1993 21 December 1995 2 years, 308 days
Colin Barnett Liberal 21 December 1995 16 February 2001 5 years, 57 days
Alan Carpenter Labor 16 February 2001 10 March 2005 4 years, 22 days Minister for Education and Training note 2
Ljiljanna Ravlich Labor 10 March 2005 13 December 2006 1 year, 278 days
Mark McGowan Labor 13 December 2006 23 September 2008 1 year, 285 days
Liz Constable Independent 23 September 2008 29 June 2012 4 years, 179 days
Peter Collier Liberal 29 June 2012 17 March 2017 4 years, 261 days [1]
Sue Ellery Labor 17 March 2017 present 3 years, 234 days Minister for Education and Training [2]

NotesEdit

  1. Politicians were not officially associated with organised parties until 1904.
  2. The position was known as Minister for Education and Training from 14 January 2003 to 23 September 2008, when it reverted to its previous name. See "Constitution Acts Amendment Act 1899 - Reconstitution of the Gallop Ministry" (PDF). Western Australia Government Gazette. 14 January 2003. p. 2003:101.

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