The Hon Victor Dominello, MP, Minister for Citizenship and Communities and Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Assistant Minister for Education NSW.
Victor was born and raised in the Ryde area. He went to secondary school at Marist Brothers, Eastwood before studying law at university. He trained as a lawyer and was admitted to practice in both the Supreme Court of New South Wales and the High Court of Australia in 1991 after taking the Solicitor’s Admission Board Examinations. Victor worked as a lawyer for 14 years, including eight years as a partner in a commercial law firm, where he represented clients in a number of landmark cases.
In 1995, at the age of 28, Victor was elected as a Councillor of Ryde City Council. He was re-elected in 1999 and remained on Council until 2004. Victor was pre-selected by the Liberal Party in September 2008 as its candidate for the Ryde by-election. He was elected to the NSW Parliament with one of the largest swings in the state’s history at the by-election on 18 October 2008. Victor served on both the Public Accounts Committee, the Independent Commission Against Corruption Committee, and represented former Premier Mr Barry O’Farrell as a Trustee of the Anzac Memorial. At the March 2011 general election, Victor was re-elected as Member for Ryde with an extra 12.6 per cent of the vote. This completed a 35.7 per cent swing from the 2007 election.
On 3 April 2011, Victor was sworn in as the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and the Minister for Citizenship and Communities. His portfolio responsibilities include veterans’ affairs, volunteering and youth and multicultural affairs (under the auspices of the Community Relations Commission).
Prior to his parliamentary career, Victor cherished the opportunity to travel to many places around the world and looks back fondly on his experiences in India, Central and South America, Europe, the US and Asia.
He is also a passionate supporter of the West Tigers Rugby League Team.