Andrew Barr


As a social progressive and economic reformer, Andrew has led an inclusive and positive agenda for Canberra since being elected ACT Chief Minister in 2014. From nation-leading tax reform to city-shaping infrastructure and progressive whole-of-government economic policies, Andrew leads a thriving city.

Andrew has lived in Canberra for more than 40 years and attended Holt Preschool, Turner Primary, Lyneham High and Lake Ginninderra College, before studying a Bachelor of Arts (Policy Studies) at the Australian National University, majoring in economics and political science.

He was elected to the ACT Legislative Assembly in 2006, and has been re-elected to represent the area covering the Kurrajong electorate in 2008, 2012 and 2016. He has served in a number of Ministerial portfolios including planning, education, housing, community services and sport. He is Australia’s longest-serving Tourism Minister and is also the ACT's Treasurer, Minister for Social Inclusion and Equality, and Minister for Trade, Industry and Investment.

Andrew is passionate about supporting Canberra’s diverse community. Through a range of innovative policies, he has helped shape Canberra to become Australia’s most inclusive city and the most LGBTIQ-friendly city in the country.