Josh was born in 1971 and reared in Kew, where he spent the most of his formative years and spent more than 30 years with his grandparents.
Josh attended Bialik College in Hawthorn for primary school and Mt Scopus College in Burwood for senior school.
Josh delayed the start of his university studies by a year after obtaining the HSC in order to play tennis full time. He trained in a tennis academy in Queensland during this time and played in satellite events throughout Australia, as well as in Switzerland and Germany.
Years in College
Josh returned to Australia and enrolled at Monash University, where he studied law and economics, graduating with honors in both. Josh was an active member of the Monash student body and was elected to the Law Students Society's Presidency during his stay there. He was also selected to represent Australia in tennis at the World University Games, first in Sheffield, England, and then in Buffalo, New York, in 1991 and 1993.
Josh was involved in a variety of community initiatives during his time at university. He volunteered as a reader for radio station 3RPH (Radio for the Print Handicapped) and as a coach for the Kids Tennis Foundation, teaching tennis to young people with intellectual disabilities. Josh accepted Chairman Paul McNamee's invitation to join the Kids Tennis Foundation's board of directors in 2003 and has been a member ever since.
Josh completed his articles of clerkship with the legal firm Mallesons Stephen Jaques following his time at Monash. He was offered a Fulbright scholarship to the United States and a Commonwealth Grant Commission scholarship to Oxford University in the United Kingdom. He was awarded a Commonwealth Scholarship and attended Oxford University, where he earned a Master of Philosophy (M.Phil.) in International Relations. He earned two Full Blues while playing tennis for the Oxford University team, which toured Hong Kong and Morocco.
Career in the Beginning
Josh returned to Mallesons upon his graduation from Oxford and was admitted as a barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria. Josh worked in Canberra as a ministerial adviser from 1999 until 2004. He served as an assistant adviser to the then-Attorney General, The Hon. Daryl Williams QC, and as an adviser and eventually senior adviser to the Foreign Minister in succession. The Hon. Alexander Downer, and finally as a senior adviser to The Hon. John Howard, Prime Minister.
Josh spent a month as a jackaroo on a sheep ranch in South Australia following his departure from Canberra before joining Deutsche Bank in January 2005 as a Director of Global Banking. Josh took a year off later that year to pursue a Master of Public Administration (MPA) at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government before returning to Deutsche Bank in Melbourne in 2006.
Josh was appointed to the Joint Committee on Public Accounts and Audit and the Joint Select Committee on Gambling Reform during his first time in parliament. He served as co-chair of the Coalition's Productivity Priorities Working Group and was a member of a group appointed by Tony Abbott to advise him on reestablishing the Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC). Josh was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister by Prime Minister Tony Abbott in September 2013, with specific responsibility for delivering the Coalition's deregulation agenda. Josh was named Assistant Treasurer to the government in December 2014. Josh was named Minister for Resources, Energy, and Northern Australia by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in September 2015. Josh was named Minister of the Environment and Energy in July 2016. Josh was elected Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party in August 2018 and was subsequently named Treasurer of Australia by Prime Minister Scott Morrison.
Josh is an avid tennis player outside of politics and has acquired an interest in photography, having held his first show in 2008 at a Richmond gallery.
Josh is proud to serve as a member of the Morrison Government and to represent the Kooyong community. He will continue to be a powerful voice in the Federal Parliament on critical local, national, and international matters.