The Hon Barnaby Joyce MP Biography

The Hon Barnaby Joyce MP is Deputy Prime Minister of Australia, Minister for Infrastructure and Transport and Leader of The Nationals.

Mr Joyce became Leader of The Nationals in February 2016 after serving as Deputy Leader of the Party for the three previous years.

Mr Joyce entered the Australian Parliament as a Senator for Queensland in 2005 and served in a number of positions in Opposition, including Shadow Minister for Finance and Debt Reduction (2009–10), Regional Development, Infrastructure and Water (2010), and Regional Development, Local Government and Water (2010–13). He also served as Leader of The Nationals in the Senate from September 2008 to August 2013.

In August 2013, Mr Joyce resigned from the Senate to contest the House of Representatives seat of New England at that year's Federal election. In winning the seat, Mr Joyce became the first person in Australian politics to have represented one state in the Senate and another state in the House of Representatives.

Mr Joyce subsequently served as Minister for Agriculture in the Abbott Government, and as Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources in the Turnbull Government.

Mr Joyce held the seat of New England at the 2016 Federal election and led The Nationals to its best electoral result in more than 20 years.

In October 2017 his election as the Member for New England was ruled void under Section 44 of the Constitution. Following the ruling, Mr Joyce contested and won a by-election in the seat on December 2, 2017, securing almost 75 per cent of the vote and a primary vote swing of more than 12 per cent.

On December 20, 2017, Mr Joyce was sworn in as the Minister for Infrastructure and Transport.

Mr Joyce is the fifth child in a farming family of six children. He was born in Tamworth and grew up at Danglemah, where his family owned a sheep and cattle property. He attended Woolbrook Public School and St Ignatius College, Riverview and gained a Bachelor's degree in Financial Accounting at the University of New England. Mr Joyce practised as an accountant, a rural banker, and ran his own accountancy firm in St George, Queensland for 10 years prior to entering Parliament.