Concetta Fierravanti-Wells is the Minister for International Development and the Pacific in Australia’s Federal Coalition Government. She has served as a Senator for New South Wales since 2005.
Senator Fierravanti-Wells was sworn in as Minister for International Development and the Pacific in February 2016. Prior to this, she was the Assistant Minister for Multicultural Affairs, with responsibilities in the Attorney-General, Immigration and Border Protection, and Social Services portfolios. She also served as the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Social Services, with special responsibility for multicultural affairs and settlement services.
The Minister has previously served in the roles of Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Immigration and Citizenship, Shadow Parliamentary Secretary Assisting the Leader in the Senate, Shadow Minister for Ageing and Shadow Minister for Mental Health.
Before entering politics, Minister Fierravanti-Wells worked as a lawyer with the Australian Government Solicitor, as a policy advisor to the Federal Opposition in the early 1990s, and Senior Private Secretary to former New South Wales Premier John Fahey.
For 25 years before entering the Senate, the Minister was involved in many different community organisations, including on the Board of Father Chris Riley’s Youth off the Streets organisation for four years, with two years as Chairman. At age 23, she was a founding board director of a nursing home in Wollongong.
The Minister is a strong advocate for the Australian-Italian community, including through her work with the General Council of Italians Abroad (CGIE) and General Committee of Italians Abroad (Com.It.Es.). In 1995 she was made a Knight of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic.
Minister Fierravanti-Wells was the Ministerial Adviser to the Global Diversity Conference in 1995, and served as a member of the Multicultural Advisory Committee for SOCOG, Australia’s coordinating body for the 2000 Sydney Olympics.
Minister Fierravanti-Wells graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and European Languages, and a Bachelor of Laws. She was born in Wollongong, New South Wales and is the daughter of Italian migrants.
She is married to Commander John Wells (RAN Ret’d).