About Tim

Tim Holding

Tim Holding is the Member for Lyndhurst. He is also the Shadow Treasurer and Shadow Minister for Industry.

Tim grew up in Glen Waverley in Melbourne’s southeast. He was educated at Syndal South Primary School and Haileybury College in Keysborough before going on to study Law at the University of Melbourne. Tim also spent two years in the Army Reserve, serving in the 126 Signals Squadron of the 1st Commando Regiment.

He joined the Australian Labor Party in 1990 and at the age of 19 was elected to serve as a councillor for the City of Waverley. In 1993, he was elected President of Australian Young Labor.

While at university, he worked as an electorate officer to state and federal members of parliament and as an assistant ministerial adviser to the Minister for Defence.

In 1999, Tim was elected to Parliament representing the Lower House seat of Springvale (later Lyndhurst) in Melbourne’s southeast.

Following the re-election of the Bracks Government in 2002, Tim was promoted to Cabinet and became Minister for Manufacturing and Export and Minister for the Financial Services Industry. In 2005, he took on the portfolios of Police and Emergency Services and Corrections.

After the 2006 election, Tim was given responsibility for the portfolios of Finance (including WorkCover and the Transport Accident Commission), Tourism, and Information and Communication Technology.

Following the 2007 retirement of former Premier Steve Bracks, Tim became Minister for Water. He retained responsibility for Finance, WorkCover and the TAC, and Tourism with the addition of Major Events.

With the defeat of the Brumby Government at the 2010 election, Tim was appointed Shadow Treasurer and Shadow Minister for Industry.

Tim enjoys a range of outdoor activities including hiking and running. Since 2007, he has completed four marathons. Tim is currently learning Arabic, has a particular interest in American politics and is a passionate supporter of the Noble Park Football Club and the Geelong Football Club.