Biography of the Hon Julie Bishop MP

Julie Bishop is the Minister for Foreign Affairs in Australia's Federal Coalition Government.

She is also the Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party and has served as the Member for Curtin in the House of Representatives since 1998.

Ms Bishop was sworn in as Australia's first female Foreign Minister on 18 September 2013 following four years in the role of Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade.

She previously served as a Cabinet Minister in the Howard Government as Minister for Education, Science and Training and as the Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Women's Issues. Prior to this, Ms Bishop was Minister for Ageing.

Ms Bishop has also served on a number of parliamentary and policy committees including as Chair of the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties.

Before entering Parliament Ms Bishop was a commercial litigation lawyer at Perth firm Clayton Utz, becoming a partner in 1985, and managing partner in 1994.

Ms Bishop graduated with a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Adelaide in 1978 and attended Harvard Business School in Boston in 1996 completing the Advanced Management Program for Senior Managers.

She is also a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management and has held a number of positions including Chair of the Western Australia Town Planning Appeals Tribunal, Member of Murdoch University Senate and the Anglican Schools Commission and Director of the Special Broadcasting Service and the Committee for Economic Development Australia.

Ms Bishop was inducted into the WA Women Hall of Fame in 2011 and is currently the Deputy Chair of the Western Australian Museum Foundation and a Board Member of His Majesty's Theatre Foundation.