Mathias Cormann is Australia’s longest-serving Finance Minister and the Leader of the Australian Government in the Senate. An experienced political leader with strong economic credentials, Mathias has delivered Australia’s annual Federal Budgets since 2013. In this role, he has led complex negotiations with a broad spectrum of political parties.
Born in Belgium, Mathias Cormann migrated to Australia in 1996. Mathias would bring a distinctive perspective to the Secretary-General role, having spent half of his life in Europe and half in the Asia-Pacific. His experience gives him rare insights into the cultures, economic strengths and political dynamics of both regions.
Mathias is a strong advocate of global economic governance. He has represented Australia in the OECD, G20, APEC, ASEAN and the World Economic Forum. In 2018, Mathias was awarded the Grand Cross with Star and Sash of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany, for his work in advancing German-Australian relations.
From August 2018 to May 2019, Mathias served as Minister for the Public Service. In this role, he led initiatives to modernise and reform Australia’s public sector, with a focus on achieving higher levels of transparency, efficiency and good governance.
Mathias is married to Hayley and they have two young daughters, Isabelle and Charlotte.
- Australian Minister for Finance since 2013
- Leader of the Australian Government in the Senate since 2017
- Chair of the National Security Investment Committee
- Member of the Expenditure Review Committee and the National Security Committee of Cabinet
- Vice-President of the Federal Executive Council of Australia since 2017
- Senator for Western Australia since 2007
Previous professional experience
|2018-2019||Australian Minister for the Public Service|
|2010-2011||Chair of the Senate Select Committee on Scrutiny of New Taxes|
|2008-2010||Chair of the Senate Select Committee on Fuel and Energy|
|2006-2007||Acting General Manager, HBF Health Insurance|
|2004-2006||General Manager, HealthGuard|
|2003-2004||Health Services Manager, HBF Health Insurance|
LLC, Notre Dame University de Namur, Belgium
LLL, Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium
Mathias grew up speaking German and graduated in law after studies in French, Flemish & English.