Biography

Luke Hartsuyker is the Federal Member for Cowper and Assistant Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment.

Mr Hartsuyker has represented the electorate of Cowper, on the NSW mid-north coast, since the 2001 election.

Mr Hartsuyker has previously served as the Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Vocational Education and Skills, the Assistant Minister for Employment, and Deputy Leader of the House.

As Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister, Mr Hartsuyker led a review of the Working Holiday Maker Visa and had oversight of the National Landcare Program Phase 2.

As Assistant Minister for Employment, Mr Hartsuyker implemented the new $6.8 billion Jobactive employment services system, with a stronger focus on getting people into work and on the needs of employers.

Mr Hartsuyker was also responsible for the development of the $330 million youth employment strategy which supports young people at high risk of long-term unemployment.

While Opposition Communications Minister, he developed the Mobile Black Spot Programme which has since been adopted as Federal Government policy.

Mr Hartsuyker has also served as Chair of the Education and Vocational Training committee and a member of the Ageing committee, Economics committee, Employment and Workplace Relations committee and the Joint Standing Committee on the National Broadband Network.

Prior to becoming the Federal Member for Cowper, Mr Hartsuyker managed his family's tourism business in Coffs Harbour. He also has experience in real estate and institutional property investment and development and is a Fellow of CPA Australia.