Michael Gidley was elected as the Member for the Mount Waverley Electoral District in 2010 and re-elected in 2014. In September 2017, Michael was appointed Shadow Assistant Minister for Small Business, Investment, Jobs and Trade.
Michael has lived in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs all his life, and has lived in the Mount Waverley Electoral District for many years.
As a long-standing member of the community, Michael understands what Waverley needs. He is passionate about advocating for improvements that benefit our community.
Michael has always had a strong work ethic and a drive to ‘get things done’. While at school and university, Michael worked several part-time jobs, including as a pie seller at the MCG – not the toughest gig for a footy supporter!
Alongside footy and part-time work, Michael completed a Bachelor of Commerce at Deakin University in Burwood (where he met his now-wife Megan). He then went on to study his Masters in Accounting at Monash University.
Michael and Megan have three young children who bring such happiness to their family and extended family.
Before being elected to the Victorian Parliament, Michael worked as a tax accountant in the Waverley area, helping small and medium-sized businesses and individual taxpayers grow their businesses and improve their financial situations. His in-depth understanding of the regulatory and financial challenges facing small and medium-sized businesses and local residents, is invaluable in representing their interests in State Parliament.
In September 2017 Michael was appointed Shadow Assistant Minister for Small Business, Investment, Jobs and Trade.
When he’s not advocating for Waverley in Parliament, Michael’s supporting local sporting teams and organisations or enjoying Waverley’s high quality parks and reserves.
In 2002 the electoral commission created the new electoral district of Mount Waverley. In 2014 the electoral boundaries were changed to increase the number of residents living in Mount Waverley District.
The Mount Waverley District is located approximately 14 kilometres east of Melbourne and includes the suburbs of Mt Waverley and Glen Waverley.
The electorate is predominantly residential with a strong service-based economy, diverse education opportunities and quality parks and recreation amenities. These characteristics are also reflective of the values held by many local residents – support for free enterprise and personal initiative, recognition of the importance of education and the conservation of our natural environment. As a local resident and active member of our community, these are values I share and will advocate for on behalf of the people of Waverley.