The Honorable David Elliott MP was born in Bankstown in 1970 and was educated at Christian Community High School, Regents Park before completing a Bachelor of Arts in History and Asian Studies. He also holds a Graduate Certificate in Public Policy and Master of Arts (Communication). A keen interest in politics lead David to join the Liberal Party on his 16th birthday and research roles on the personal staff of then Senator Bronwyn Bishop in her Parramatta office before spending four years on the personal staff of the Hon John Howard OM AC.
In 1993 after graduating, he joined the NSW Police Media Unit. In 1995 David joined the Regular Army and, following studies at the Royal Military College, Duntroon, was commissioned into the Australian Army Public Relations Service. He completed his Master’s Degree on an Army part scholarship.
A long-time friendship with then NSW Opposition Leader, the Hon Peter Collins QC MP saw David return to politics as his senior press secretary in 1997. Following the change of leadership in the NSW Liberal Party in 1999, David was invited to be the National Campaign Director of the “No Republic” campaign.
Under his administration, David saw a successful "No" vote in every State of the Commonwealth. For his services to the referendum he was awarded the Commonwealth’s Centenary Medal in 2001. In 1999 he also completed his final Master’s dissertation on the relationship between the Liberal Party of Australia and the media.
January 2000 saw David recalled to the Australian Regular Army and posted to the headquarters staff of the multi national peacekeeping forces in Bougainville, Papua New Guinea, for which he was awarded the Australian Service Medal (Bougainville clasp). He returned to Australia in June 2000 and opted for a career sabbatical with the international charity, St John Ambulance, working as the Major Events Manager in Australia and the Manchester Commonwealth Games, UK.
In January 2004 David joined the Australian Hotels Association and served as the NSW Deputy Chief Executive until January 2008. He was responsible for tourism and accommodation issues as well as being the Association’s public affairs director. He was awarded the Australian Defence Medal in April 2007 before resigning from the Australian Army to concentrate on business interests. During his time at the AHA (NSW) David served on a number of industry boards and committees including Hotel Employers Mutual and The National Tourism Alliance.
In January 2008 David was made the Chief Executive Officer of the Civil Contractors Federation (NSW) based at Norwest Business Park which operated as a Registered Training Organisation servicing more than 500 businesses ranging from publicly listed companies to small family concerns constructing infrastructure across Australia. David lives in Kellyville and is married to Nicole and they have two sons. His interests include travel, history, rugby, sailing and golf.
David was elected to the 55th Parliament of NSW as the Member for Baulkham Hills on 26th March 2011. In May 2014 he was promoted to Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier. He has also served as the Chairman of Ministerial Consultative Council on India, Secretary of Parliamentary Friends of Papua New Guinea and Chairman of the St John Ambulance Parliamentary Auxiliary.
Following the re-election of the Baird Government in March 2015, David was appointed Minister for Corrections, Emergency Services and Veterans Affairs. In early 2017, Premier Gladys Berejiklian appointed David to be Minister for Counter Terrorism, replacing Emergency Services.
Following the re-election of the Berejiklian Government in March 2019, David was appointed Minister for Police and Emergency Services. David’s Electorate of Baulkham Hills has a significant Indian population and many successful Indian businesses. David is well known within the Indian community and the Indian Business community.