The Hon. Philip Dalidakis MP
Minister for Trade and Investment, Innovation and the Digital Economy and Small Business
Philip Dalidakis was born in the Southern Metropolitan Region and has lived here all his life. His father was born in Greece. His mother was born in Shanghai, the daughter of Jewish refugees from Nazi Germany. As the son of immigrant parents, he shares the life stories of many families in his electorate. Philip now lives in McKinnon with his wife Debra and three young children, who attend local primary and secondary schools.
Philip was educated at Gardenvale Primary School, St Michael’s Grammar School, Monash University where he holds a double degree in Business (Management) and Arts (politics and Thai language) and UNSW, where he obtained a Master of Commerce.
Philip has worked in both the private sector and in government. He started at Deloitte, worked in the property and finance team with Centro Properties Group and as a financial controller of a small family group of companies. He was chief executive officer of the Victorian Association of Forest Industries from 2007 to 2011. In government, he was Deputy Chief of Staff to Senator Stephen Conroy, Minister for Broadband, in 2011-12. From 2012 to 2014 he ran his own small consulting firm.
Philip has been active in many community organisations. He has been treasurer of the Jewish Museum of Australia, treasurer of FKA Children’s Services Inc, and a Homework Support volunteer with Southern Ethnic Advisory and Advocacy Council.
In addition to his role as Member for Southern Metropolitan Region, Philip holds the portfolio responsibilities of Minister for Trade and Investment, Innovation and the Digital Economy and Small Business in the Andrews Labor Government.