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Minister for Counter Terrorism, Minister for Corrections and Minister for Veterans Affairs


david-elliott-mp.jpgDavid Elliott

David Elliott is the Minister for Counter Terrorism, Minister for Corrections and Minister for Veterans Affairs.

Mr Elliott’s portfolio responsibilities are within the Justice Cluster, the area of government responsible for:

  • administration and enforcement of the law
  • punishment and rehabilitation of offenders
  • protection of NSW from the threat of terrorism.

Mr Elliott oversees the state’s correctional system and the supervision and management of offenders in the community. He coordinates counter terrorism policies and preparedness across the whole of the NSW Government. A former Australian Army officer, Mr Elliott also oversees the portfolio of Veterans Affairs.

Mr Elliott previously held the Emergency Services portfolio. His other appointments include Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier for Youth, Homelessness and the Centenary of ANZAC. In 2011 he became Chair of the Legislative Assembly Committee on Economic Development and also served as Chair of the Joint Select Committee on the Parliamentary Budget Office in the same year. Mr Elliott also served as Chairman of the O'Farrell's Government's Plumbing Advisory Council.

Before his election to the seat of Baulkham Hills in March 2011, Mr Elliott had a successful and varied career. He represented the hotels and civil contracting industries. He also  served on several boards including as Director of the Castle Hill RSL Group and Life Education Australia (NSW). He was a lay-member of the NSW Law Society Professional Conduct Committee. 

Mr Elliott has also worked in the NSW Police Media Unit, before joining the Army with which he was deployed to Bougainville PNG with the multi-national peacekeeping force. He worked on the personal staffs of Bronwyn Bishop, then NSW Opposition Leader, Peter Collins and John Howard.

Mr Elliott has a Master of Arts (Communications). He was born in Bankstown and lives in Kellyville with his wife Nicole and sons Lachlan and William.


Other Justice Cluster ministers

Attorney General Mark Speakman (Justice Cluster lead)

Minister for Police and Minister for Emergency Services Troy Grant