Philip Dalidakis is Victoria’s Minister for Small Business, Innovation and Trade in the Andrews Labor Government. He was elected as the member for Southern Metropolitan in November 2014 and was appointed to Cabinet in July 2015.
Philip has spent all his life living in Melbourne’s southern metro region and is a proud resident of the city. He has a bold vision of Victoria as the technology and innovation hub of the Asia Pacific and continues to work tirelessly to achieve that vision.
In his capacity as Trade Minister, Philip is also responsible for strengthening and expanding Victoria’s network of international trade and investment offices across the world and wants to continually improve the state’s economic relationships & create new opportunities for our business community.
Prior to entering Parliament Philip’s experience included time in both business and government. He started his commercial/finance career at Deloitte, operated his own small business, was CEO of the Victorian Association of Forest Industries and Deputy Chief of Staff to Federal Senator Stephen Conroy, who was then Leader of the Government and Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy.
Philip has a Master of Commerce from UNSW as well as a double degree in Arts (Politics and Thai Language) and Business (Management) from Monash University. He is also a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Minister Dalidakis is a first generation Australian and a proud Melburnian of Greek and Jewish ancestry. He is married with three children, was an avid golfer prior to entering parliament and is known to wear his St Kilda scarf into the office on Mondays after his beloved Saints taste victory.