MEMBER for Mallee Andrew Broad and Member for Wannon Dan Tehan have been appointed roles in the new-look federal government.
Mr Broad will serve as Assistant Minister to Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack, while Mr Tehan has been appointed Minister for Education and Training.
It comes as part of a Cabinet reshuffle announced on Sunday by new Prime Minister Scott Morrison.
Mr Broad said he was looking forward to working with Mr Morrison and Mr McCormack.
“This new role is a tremendous honour, and I am looking forward to serving even more regional Australians across our country,” he said.
“My new responsibilities will include assisting with infrastructure, transport and regional development alongside Deputy Prime Minister, Michael McCormack.
“This is a portfolio I am passionate about and gives great opportunity to afford regional Australians better outcomes for their communities and their families including the people in the great Electorate of Mallee.”
Mr Broad is the first Member for Mallee to be appointed a ministry position.
Mr Tehan’s new role is considered a promotion, who was previously Minister for Social Services.
He told Fairfax Media the appointment was an honour and his new portfolio responsibility was a “huge task”.
“Our children are our future and it is critically important the government continues to ensure every Australian child gets the best possible education,” he said.
He said he was proud of what had been achieved in his former role as Social Services minister.
“The best form of welfare is a job and this government has delivered a strong economy and record jobs growth,” he said.
“The Welfare Reform Bill, which passed this year, will make our welfare system simpler and fairer.”
However, Mr Tehan said his number one priority would continue to be advocating on behalf of the people of Wannon.
“I look forward to rolling my sleeves up and getting to work straight away,” he said. “Obviously there’s a lot of issues to resolve, the priority being school funding.”
Mr Tehan said he was also focused on early childhood and tertiary education, especially for rural students.
“I’ve always sought to ensure that education is available to everyone, that’s why I was so committed to ensuring that Deakin continued to have a campus in Warrnambool and fought so strongly for that,” he said.