About Andrew

Andrew Giles was first elected to the Australian Parliament as Member for Scullin on 7 September 2013, representing the Australian Labor Party (ALP). He is currently serving his fourth term in Parliament representing the Scullin community.

Andrew is the Minister for Immigration, Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs.

He previously served as Shadow Assistant Minister for Schools from July 2016 to May 2019, and as Shadow Minister for Cities and Urban Infrastructure, Shadow Minister for Multicultural Affairs, and Shadow Minister Assisting for Immigration and Citizenship from May 2019 to May 2022.

Andrew has served on a number of parliamentary committees: Electoral Matters (as Deputy Chair); Privileges; and Infrastructure, Transport and Cities.

Andrew’s policy interests include cities, education, the future of work, climate change, immigration and social policy. He has contributed to public debate as well as policy formulation within the ALP on these issues and on improving the health of our democracy.

A particular interest of Andrew's is that of loneliness in Australia, and how governments can respond to deal with this public health challenge. In 2021 Andrew launched the Parliamentary Friends of Loneliness and is co-chair of the group.

Prior to his election to Parliament Andrew was a principal lawyer at Slater & Gordon practising in employment law. He also worked as lawyer at the firm Holding Redlich, where he acted on behalf of the asylum seekers on the MV Tampa, and in a number of political roles for the Victorian Government. He has been a member of the ALP since he was 18.

Andrew is married to Dr Jillian Constable, and they have two children – Daniel and Alice.