The Hon. Gayle Tierney

Minister for Training and Skills Minister for Higher Education Minister for Agriculture More information
Gayle Tierney

Meet Gayle

Gayle understands the importance of communities and has dedicated her professional life to enhancing opportunities of the people she represents and works with. A constant is the importance she has placed on education, which is integral to thriving communities and economies. She is passionate about equality and creating opportunities for all members of society, and is focused on building opportunities for women and culturally and linguistically diverse Victorians. These values underpinned her commitment to become a Member of Parliament.

As the Member for Western Victoria she is dedicated to the quality provision of health, education, infrastructure and community services. She understands the unique qualities of the region and is committed to enhancing employment opportunities and collaborating with industry, and ensuring the government has a regional focus.

Her policy priorities are the provision of excellence in education, training and skills, regional infrastructure. employment, economic growth and sustainability, gender equality, social inclusion and environmental sustainability.

Before entering Parliament, between 1989 to 2006, Gayle was the first female State Secretary of the Vehicle Division of the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union, and also the Federal President. During this period she was also an Executive member of the Australian Council of Trade Unions.


  • Minister for Training and Skills since November 2016

  • Minister for Higher Education since December 2018

  • Minister for Agriculture since June 2022

  • Minister for Corrections November 2016 - December 2018


  • Deputy Leader of the Government in the Legislative Council September 2020 - December 2022

  • Cabinet Secretary June 2016 - November 2016

  • Deputy President of the Legislative Council December 2014 - June 2016

  • Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Employment February 2012 - December 2014

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