Matt Kean is Hornsby Shire born and bred.
From Wahroonga where he was born, to Pennant Hills where he bought his first home, to Hornsby Mall where he has his office, Matt is a true-blue local.
After high school, Matt studied accountancy and later completed his post graduate diploma of chartered accountancy while working at PwC, the world’s second largest professional services firm.
In 2011, Matt became the youngest member of the NSW Legislative Assembly when he was elected Member for Hornsby. Within a year, he was elected to chair the NSW Parliament’s Joint Standing Committee on the Office of the Valuer General. Under his stewardship, the committee recommended radical changes to the system of land valuation in NSW to make it fairer for home owners.
In March 2015, he was re-elected with an increased margin after he was able to lobby for:
- the completion of the $120 million first stage – and the start of the $200 million second stage - of the Hornsby Hospital rebuild,
- funding from local, state and federal governments for various projects in his electorate including the remediation of a quarry site in Hornsby; and
- railway station parking improvements and other upgrades, including the new pedestrian overbridge at Hornsby.
On January 30, 2017 Matt was elevated to the NSW Cabinet as the Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation. Matt has always seen himself as a champion of the little guy and this role gives him an opportunity to put this passion into practice in his electorate and across the state.
As minister, he is responsible for a diverse range of issues with a portfolio that includes consumer protection, workplace safety, and innovation.
So far, he has:
- reformed the laws around gift cards to ensure a minimum three-year expiry date
- attacked ticket scalpers with new laws to smash their dodgy business models
- commissioned Kathryn Greiner to conduct an extensive review into retirement villages to improve the quality of life for their residents
- initiated the Bergin Report into charitable fundraising, to ensure people can have confidence about their donations
- tackled quad bike safety issues with a raft of reforms to reduce deaths and injuries
Matt counts mental health issues as a key concern. His first speech in parliament back in 2011 was dedicated to a young friend who had recently taken his own life. Matt is working on a program to improve mental health in the work places of NSW.
As a keen promoter of innovative technology and its power to improve the economy, Matt is committed to highlighting the ways innovative technology and thinking can improve quality of life, as well as the NSW economy.