Mr Craig Ondarchie is the Shadow Minister for Investment & Jobs, Shadow Minister for Trade and the State Member for the Northern Metropolitan Region.
Craig was first elected as a Liberal member for the Northern Metropolitan Region at the 2010 Victorian State Election and served in the Napthine Government as Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier.
Re-elected in 2014, he currently serves as Shadow Minister for Trade, Investment and Jobs in Matthew Guy’s Coalition team.
Prior to entering Parliament, Craig worked for over a 30 years in the corporate arena, where he specialised in corporate governance, economic development, organisational reform and mergers & acquisitions. During this time, Craig spent two years as Executive Director of the Royal Women's Hospital and a further eight years as Managing Partner of a Corporate Advisory firm and held roles within the Australian energy sector. He is a Director of companies both here and in the United Kingdom.
Craig has a substantial academic background in business and commerce, having studied Business at Swinburne University before undertaking studies in Business Administration at Deakin University, York University Toronto, the Macquarie Graduate School of Management and the London School of Economics.
Of Sri Lankan heritage, Craig is past Chair of Carlton Community Liaison Committee, Founding Chairman of Bully Zero Australia Foundation, Ambassador Guide Dogs Victoria & Ambassador Melbourne City Football Club and a Board member of Help Sarah Trust. He is a founding member of Rotary Club of Epping
A member of the Liberal Party of Australia since 1997, Craig has been heavily involved in the local community through his work with sporting, education and church groups. In 2004, he was awarded Cricket Victoria’s Volunteer of the Year award, which was followed by an International Cricket Council Medal on Boxing Day 2009 for his voluntary services to Cricket. Craig also served as a School Council President for over nine years.
Craig is passionate about promoting jobs, small business, education, health and transport services in the Northern Metropolitan Region, which encompasses 11 Legislative Assembly electorates from Melbourne to Mill Park, also including Broadmeadows, Brunswick, Bundoora, Northcote, Pascoe Vale, Preston, Richmond, Thomastown and Yuroke.
Craig is married to Gina and they have five children and three grandchildren.