The Honourable Kim Wells MP
State Member of Parliament for Rowville District
Kim Wells was first elected to the Victorian Parliament as the Member for Wantirna in 1992 and was re-elected in 1996 and 1999.
Following a redistribution, Kim won the new seat of Scoresby in 2002, being re-elected in November 2006 and in 2010. Kim Wells became the Member for the renamed electorate of Rowville at the 2014 State Election.
Kim has a Bachelor of Business from the Footscray Institute of Technology, a Masters Degree in Accounting from Victoria University and has been a Fellow of CPA Australia.
Kim is an accomplished sportsman whose interests include football, tennis, hiking and mountaineering. He has summited the highest mountain on four continents; Australia, Africa, South America and Europe. His attempt on Mt McKinley in Alaska was thwarted one day’s climb from the summit. Kim is a supporter and patron of local sporting clubs and has involvement in other community organisations. These include the Friends of Dandenong Valley Parklands and the Victorian Homeless Fund. Kim is a Queen Scout and Baden Powell Scout and is still proudly connected with the Victorian Scout movement. He is a life member of Wesley Uniting Tennis Club and holds memberships for the mighty St Kilda Football Club, Footscray Football Club Past Player’s Association and is the No.1 ticket holder of the Scoresby Football Club.
Kim walked the Kokoda track in 1995. So moved by the experience and his friendship with the sister of a Kokoda veteran, Mrs Marg Briggs, he and a team started negotiating to build a permanent memorial to the brave Australian soldiers who lost their lives on Brigade Hill. Again with a dedicated team, he returned to the Kokoda track in 1996 to build the memorial. The people of Efogi village assisted in the building of the memorial. Kim then liaised with Parks Victoria and then Minister Birrell to build a replica Kokoda track at the 1000 Steps in Upper Ferntree Gully. After securing funding from Hugh Morgan and the expertise of Dr Ross Bastiaan OAM, the project was completed and is now a significant attraction.
Kim was Shadow Minister for Police & Emergency Services from 2000 to 2006 and Shadow Minister for Corrections between 2000 and 2002 and again in 2006 (part), keeping the Labor government accountable in these portfolios. He was elevated to the Shadow Treasurer’s position in December 2006.
Kim Wells was appointed as Victorian Treasurer under the Coalition government in 2010. As Treasurer, he delivered two surplus Budgets and set Victoria on a fiscally responsible path to maintain the State’s AAA credit rating with a stable outlook in very difficult financial circumstances, while addressing Labor’s legacy of massive cost overruns on major projects including Myki, the Regional Rail Project, HealthSMART, the Desalination Plant and the Melbourne Wholesale Markets. Kim introduced the fairer Fire Service Property Levy to better fund the MFB and CFA, the largest reform to State taxation in 40 years. In 2014, Victoria was the only state or territory to have a Budget surplus in each and every year over the forward estimates.
As Minister for Police and Emergency Services and the Minister for Bushfire Response in 2013 and 2014, Kim was proud to deliver more than 1900 additional frontline police, and more than 950 Protective Services Officers to make our railway stations safe. Under Kim’s direction, the Coalition Government delivered on its promise to be tough on crime, including programs to better protect women and children from family violence. Kim delivered record funding of CFA and the MFB services, including the completion of 250 new CFA stations across rural Victoria on time and $5 million under budget. Following through on previous Minister Peter Ryan’s significant reforms in emergency management, Kim appointed the first Emergency Management Commissioner to ensure better co-ordination and resourcing for all emergency services in Victoria.
Kim was born in Leongatha, but moved to Bairnsdale as a 6 year old where he grew up, before moving to Melbourne at 18 to play footy with VFL Footscray Reserves and VFA Camberwell and Sunshine teams, attend university and to work.
Kim and his wife Judy have three children.