Andrew Giles was elected to the Australian Parliament as Member for Scullin on 7 September 2013. He holds the seat for the Australian Labor Party with a margin of 17.3%.
Andrew has served as Shadow Assistant Minister for Schools since 2016. In this role he has focused on Labor’s policies for students with disability, rural and regional schools and vocational education in high school.
Andrew serves on a number of parliamentary committees: Electoral Matters (of which he is the Deputy Chair); Privileges; Employment, Education and Training; and Infrastructure, Transport and Cities.
He is co-chair of Parliamentary Friends of Amnesty International, Parliamentary Friends of Primary Education and Parliamentary Friends of Better Cities.
Within the Parliamentary Labor Party, Andrew is a member of the Education, Research, Science and the Arts Committee, and a member of the Economics Committee.
In addition to education, Andrew’s policy interests include cities, 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.
Prior to his election, 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.