Wade Mathew Noonan (born 7 April 1971) is an Australian politician. He was a Labor Party member of the Victorian Legislative Assembly from 2007 to 2018, representing the electorate of Williamstown. He was a minister in the Andrews Ministry from December 2014; initially as Minister for Police and Minister for Corrections (2014–2016), and from May 2016 as Minister for Industry and Employment and Minister for Resources.

Wade Noonan
Member of the Victorian Legislative Assembly
for Williamstown
In office
15 September 2007 – 24 November 2018
Preceded bySteve Bracks
Succeeded byMelissa Horne
Minister for Police
In office
4 December 2014 – 23 May 2016
Preceded byKim Wells (Police and Emergency Services)
Succeeded byLisa Neville
Personal details
Born (1971-04-07) 7 April 1971 (age 53)
Political partyLabor
Alma materSwinburne University of Technology

Noonan studied at Parade College and the Swinburne University of Technology. He worked as a travel manager for STA Travel from 1990 to 1996, before becoming involved in the union movement. He worked as an organiser for the Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees Association from 1996 to 2002, before shifting to the Transport Workers Union of Australia, where he became federal assistant secretary and federal organising and training officer. He remained in this role until his election to parliament.[1] Noonan's father, Bill Noonan, is a long-time TWU official and Victorian state secretary.[2]

In July 2007, Steve Bracks, the then Premier of Victoria and member for the safe Labor seat of Williamstown, suddenly announced his intention to retire from politics. Noonan emerged as an early favourite to win Labor preselection for the resulting by-election, and won the nomination after a deal to install television presenter Angela Pippos in the seat fell through.[2][3][4] He was elected on 15 September 2007, defeating Greens candidate, former City of Maribyrnong mayor and future Senator Janet Rice.[5]

On 8 February 2016, Noonan announced he would be taking a three-month leave of absence from his ministerial and parliamentary positions to undergo counselling due to exposure to traumatic incidents in his work as police minister.[6] In May 2016, he shifted ministries as a result, changing to Minister for Industry and Employment and Minister for Resources.[1] On 4 October 2017, Noonan announced he was resigning from cabinet and would retire from politics at the next election.[7] He resigned on 15 October 2017.[1] Post politics, Noonan was appointed the Executive Director of the West of Melbourne Economic Development Alliance (WoMEDA) from 2018 to 2021, and then Deputy Vice-Chancellor, External Relations and Partnerships at Victoria University from 2021.


  1. ^ a b c "The Hon. Wade Noonan". Parliament of Victoria. Retrieved 17 July 2022.
  2. ^ a b Whinnett, Ellen. "Union heavy firms for seat". Herald Sun, 14 August 2007.
  3. ^ Whinnett, Ellen. "TV sports host pulls plug on Labor". Herald Sun, 16 August 2007.
  4. ^ Rood, David and Ker, Peter. "Noonan, Foley to run in byelections". Herald Sun, 23 August 2007.
  5. ^ Hannan, Ewin. "ALP in two by-election cakewalks". Herald Sun, 17 September 2007.
  6. ^ "Victorian Police Minister Wade Noonan steps down due to 'unexpected toll' of job". ABC News. 8 February 2016. Retrieved 8 February 2016.
  7. ^ "Employment Minister Wade Noonan steps down from Cabinet". ABC News. 4 October 2017. Retrieved 4 October 2017.
Victorian Legislative Assembly
Preceded by Member for Williamstown
Succeeded by
Political offices
Preceded byas Minister for Police and Emergency Services Minister for Police
Succeeded by
Preceded by Minister for Corrections
Succeeded by
Preceded byas Minister for Industry Minister for Industry and Employment
Succeeded by
Preceded byas Minister for Energy and Resources Minister for Resources
Succeeded by