Senator the Hon Mathias Cormann has served as the Minister for Finance between 18 September 2013 and 23 August 2018. He was re-appointed as the Minister for Finance and the Public Service on 28 August 2018.
Mathias was appointed Leader of the Government in the Senate on 20 December 2017, having previously served as the Deputy Leader since 20 September 2015.
He has also served as Special Minister of State on a number of occasions between 2015 and 2018.
Mathias has represented the State of Western Australia in the Senate since June 2007.
In Opposition, he held the positions of Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Health Administration (2008–09), Shadow Minister for Employment Participation, Apprenticeships and Training (2009–10) and Shadow Assistant Treasurer, Shadow Minister for Financial Services and Superannuation (2010–13).
He also chaired the Senate Select Committees on Fuel and Energy (2008–10) and the Scrutiny of New Taxes (2010–11).
Mathias was born in Belgium and decided to migrate to Australia permanently after first visiting Perth in 1994, attracted by the great lifestyle and opportunities on offer in Western Australia.
Before migrating to Perth, Mathias had graduated in law at the Flemish university of Louvain (Leuven).
He has worked as a Ministerial Chief of Staff to WA State government Ministers, as Senior Adviser to then Western Australian Premier Richard Court and as an Adviser to then Justice and Customs Minister Chris Ellison.
Between 2003 and 2007 Mathias worked for major Western Australian health insurer HBF in a range of senior management roles, including as General Manager HealthGuard and as General Manager of HBF Health Insurance.
In 2001, realising a childhood dream, Mathias obtained his Private Pilots Licence through the Royal Aero Club of Western Australia.
Having joined the Liberal party in Western Australia in 1996, Mathias was elected Senior Vice President of the Perth Division in 2000, State Vice President in 2003 and State Senior Vice President in 2004, a responsibility he fulfilled until March 2008.
Mathias is married to Hayley, a lawyer with the Perth office of Clayton Utz and they have two daughters Isabelle and Charlotte.