Commonwealth Minister for Aged Care

Ken Wyatt was elected in 2010 as the Federal Member for Hasluck, making history as the first Indigenous Member of the House of Representatives. In 2015 Ken became the first Indigenous member of the Federal Executive after being sworn in as the Assistant Minister for Health and Aged Care. In January 2017, Ken was appointed as the Minister for Aged Care and Minister for Indigenous Health. His portfolio responsibilities include Australian Hearing services and the Australian Organ and Tissue Authority. Before entering politics Ken worked in community roles in the fields of health and education including Director of Aboriginal Health in New South Wales and Western Australia. Ken has also made an enormous contribution to the wider community in training and mentoring young people, which was recognised in 1996 when he was awarded the Order of Australia in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list. In 2000, Ken was awarded a Centenary of Federation Medal for ‘his efforts and contribution to improving the quality of life for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and mainstream Australian society in education and health.’