The Hon Mitch Fifield
The Honourable Mitch Fifield is a former Australian Senator and Cabinet Minister.
Mitch was sworn in as Senator for Victoria in the Australian Parliament on 1 April 2004 and re-elected at the 2007, 2013 and 2016 elections. Mitch retired from the Australian Senate on 16 August 2019.
During his fifteen years in the Senate, Mitch served for a decade on the front bench including six years as a member of the Prime Minister’s Leadership Group having held the positions of Deputy Leader of the Government in the Senate, Manager of Government Business in the Senate, Minister for Communications, Minister for the Arts, Minister for Disabilities and Minister for Aged Care.
Through these roles Mitch reformed Australia’s media laws, oversaw the near completion of the National Broadband Network (NBN), put in place the building blocks for a tougher approach to online regulation, prepared the way for the 5G revolution, laid the foundations of the National Disability Insurance Scheme, delivered greater choice for the aged in home care, provided policy and funding certainty for the arts and boosted support for Australian contemporary music and our national collecting institutions.
Before entering Parliament, Mitch worked as a senior political adviser to the former Federal Treasurer, Peter Costello, and held senior advisory positions in the Victorian Kennett and New South Wales Greiner governments. Mitch has served as a reservist in the Australian Army Psychology Corps and studied politics at Sydney University.
Mitch was an Ambassador for the not-for-profit school music organisation, The Song Room, and was an Advisory Board Member for the Yachad Accelerated Learning Project for indigenous students.