Biography of the Hon Steven Ciobo MP

The Hon Steven Ciobo MP was sworn in as the Minister for International Development and the Pacific on 21 September 2015. Mr Ciobo will focus on Australia’s relationship with Pacific Island countries and strengthening the Government’s development focus on economic growth and poverty reduction.

Steven Ciobo served as the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Trade and Investment from 23 December 2014 to 20 September 2015.

Mr Ciobo was first elected as the Member for Moncrieff in the Australian Parliament in 2001.

He served as the Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer from September 2013 to December 2014. During this time Mr Ciobo made the ultimate assessment of Australia’s national interest on some 800 applications for foreign investment worth around AUD150 billion. He also served as an Alternate Governor to the World Bank, Asian Development Bank and European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.

Adopting a recommendation of the 2007 Inquiry into the current and future directions of Australia’s services export sector by the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Economics, Mr Ciobo joined the Nelson Opposition frontbench as the Shadow Minister for the Service Economy. He subsequently served on the frontbench of the Turnbull and Abbott Oppositions, including in the small business and tourism portfolios.

Before entering Parliament, Mr Ciobo built a professional career as an executive in the economic reform unit at international firms Coopers & Lybrand and, later, PricewaterhouseCoopers.

He holds a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Laws from Bond University, as well as a Master of Laws from the Queensland University of Technology.

Mr Ciobo is married with two children.