Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash is Minister for Small and Family Business, Skills and Vocational Education, and has held this portfolio since August 2018.
Senator Cash was previously the Minister for Jobs and Innovation and prior to this was the Minister for Employment, Minister for Women and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Public Service between September 2015 and December 2017, and Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection and the Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Women from September 2013 to September 2015.
In September 2010, Senator Cash was appointed to the dual roles of the Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Immigration and the Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for the Status of Women. Senator Cash was Deputy Manager of Opposition Business in the Senate from September 2012 to September 2013.
Senator Cash has also been actively involved in several Senate committees including as the Deputy Chairman of the Joint Statutory: Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity.
Senator Cash is a Liberal Senator for Western Australia. She was first elected in 2007 and commenced here as a Senator on 1 July 2008.
Prior to entering Parliament, Senator Cash was a senior lawyer practicing in employee relations with Freehills in their Perth office.
Senator Cash holds an Honours Degree in Law from the University of London and a Bachelor of Arts (Social Science) from Curtin University in Perth, graduating with a triple major in public relations, politics and journalism. In addition, she holds a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the University of Western Australia.
Senator Cash is married to Richard Price, a barrister. She is the daughter of former Minister in the Western Australian Government and former President of the Legislative Council, the Hon George Cash AM.