Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Council; Shadow Minister for Housing; Disability Services
Member for North Metro
Peter Collier was elected to the 37th Parliament for the North Metropolitan Region on February 26, 2005.
Following his re-election in September 2008, he was sworn in as Minister for Energy and Training, a portfolio which was later extended to Minister for Training and Workforce Development. In 2010, Peter also took on the portfolio of Indigenous Affairs.
In July 2012 Peter took on the Education portfolio. The cabinet reshuffle saw Peter retain Energy and Indigenous Affairs and relinquish Training and Workforce Development.
Following the Liberal-National Government’s re-election in March 2013, Peter was appointed Minister for Education, Aboriginal Affairs (previously Indigenous Affairs), and Electoral Affairs. In addition, Peter was elected by his colleagues as Leader of the Government in the Legislative Council.
Education has been a lifelong passion for Peter. Before entering politics, he spent 23 years in Western Australian classrooms as a teacher in public and private schools. Peter is especially proud of the State Government’s revolutionary Independent Public Schools program, a policy he played a key role in developing, and looks forward to seeing more schools across Western Australia enjoy the benefits of greater autonomy as the program expands.
Improved outcomes in Aboriginal education and providing Western Australian students with a wide array of career options are two of Peter’s key goals.
As chair of the Aboriginal Affairs Sub-Committee, Peter spearheaded a reform process that will see a more co-ordinated government approach to delivering services to Western Australia’s Aboriginal communities.
Peter has served on many State and Federal committees including the National Expert Advisory Committee on School Drug Education, the Western Australian Youth Advisory Committee and the WA Youth Grants Selection Committee.
Peter has also been heavily involved in tennis. He was the professional coach at the Peppermint Grove Tennis Club for 15 years and was the tour coach of Jenny Byrne, Dinky Van Rensburg and Joanne Faull in 1989 and 1990. He was also named WA Tennis Coach of the Year in 1990 by the Tennis Coaches’ Association.