The Hon Matt Keogh MP

Matt Keogh

Designation

Minister for Defence Personnel

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs

Media contacts

Stephanie Matthews: 0407 034 485

Designation

Minister for Defence Personnel

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs

Minister profile

The Hon. Matt Keogh MP is Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Defence Personnel and the Federal Member for Burt.

Matt was first elected to the House of Representatives for Burt, Western Australia in 2016.

In Opposition, Matt served as Shadow Minister for Defence Industry, WA Resources and Assisting for Small Business. 

Prior to taking on his portfolio responsibilities, Matt served on a wide range of committees including the House of Representatives standing committees on Economics, Agriculture and Water Resources, and the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Corporations and Financial Services.

Born and raised in Kelmscott, Matt attended school in Armadale and went on to study law at the University of Notre Dame Australia in Fremantle and London. 

Before entering Parliament, Matt’s legal career started in a local Kelmscott firm before working as a Federal Prosecutor focusing on corporate crime. Matt then joined the litigation practice of a leading international law firm in Perth specialising in financial services regulatory, anti-bribery and corruption work. 

Throughout his legal career Matt worked alongside various organisations to benefit the community including as Chairperson of local family and domestic violence service, Starick, President of the Law Society of Western Australia, a Director of the Law Council of Australia and Chairperson of Law Access WA.

Matt and his wife Annabel have two children.

Responsibilities

  • Personnel policy and support
  • Veterans’ policy and support
  • Defence health services
  • Military justice
  • Honours and awards
  • Transition from the ADF
  • International engagement on veterans and Defence personnel matters