Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells has served as a Senator for New South Wales since 2005. She was the Minister for International Development and the Pacific from February 2016 to August 2018.
She also served as the Assistant Minister for Multicultural Affairs with portfolio responsibilities in the Attorney-General, Immigration and Border Protection, and Social Services, as well as serving as the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Social Services, with special responsibility for multicultural affairs and settlement services.
Senator Fierravanti-Wells has previously served in the roles of Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Immigration and Citizenship, Shadow Parliamentary Secretary Assisting the Leader in the Senate, Shadow Minister for Ageing and Shadow Minister for Mental Health.
Before entering politics, Concetta Fierravanti-Wells worked as a lawyer with the Australian Government Solicitor, as a policy advisor to the Federal Opposition in the early 1990s, and Senior Private Secretary to former New South Wales Premier John Fahey.
For 25 years before entering the Senate, Senator Fierravanti-Wells was involved in many different community organisations and activities including as a founding board director of a nursing home in Wollongong at age 23 years, and a director to the Board of Father Chris Riley’s Youth off the Streets for four years, with two years as Chairman.
Senator Fierravanti-Wells has had a long association with the Italo-Australian community including for periods as a member of General Council of Italians Abroad (CGIE) and General Committee of Italians Abroad (Com.It.Es.). In 1995 she was made a Knight of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic.
Senator Fierravanti-Wells was the Ministerial Adviser to the Global Diversity Conference in 1995, and served as a member of the Multicultural Advisory Committee for SOCOG, Australia’s coordinating body for the 2000 Sydney Olympics.
Senator Fierravanti-Wells graduated from the Australian National University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and European Languages (1980), and a Bachelor of Laws (1982). She was born in Wollongong, New South Wales and is the daughter of Italian migrants. She is married to Commander John Wells (RAN Ret’d).