Sussan Ley was first elected as the Federal Member for Farrer in NSW in 2001.
Before entering Parliament, Minister Ley worked a variety of jobs which provided a range of ‘real life’ experiences. At age 19, she enrolled in flight school and gained her commercial pilot's licence, which she still holds. This led to roles as an air traffic controller and commercial pilot – she has also been a shearer’s cook, wool and beef farmer.
While raising three children, ten years of part time study led to a Bachelor of Economics, Master of Taxation Law and a Master of Accounting before she took up a senior position with the Australian Taxation Office.
Since 2004 Ms Ley has been allocated responsibility in a number of portfolio areas and was appointed Minister for Health and Minister for Sport in December 2014. On 30 September 2015, the Aged Care portfolio was added to Ms Ley’s responsibilities.
Living in and representing regional Australia, the Minister is a strong advocate for regional and rural issues, especially those which assist in bridging the city-country divide.