David Pisoni

David Gregory Pisoni (born 1963) is a South Australian politician. He has been a member of the South Australian House of Assembly since 2006, representing the electorate of Unley for the South Australian Division of the Liberal Party of Australia.[1] Pisoni has served as the Minister for Industry and Skills in the Marshall Ministry since 22 March 2018.[2][3]

David Pisoni

Minister for Industry and Skills
Assumed office
22 March 2018 (2018-03-22)
PremierSteven Marshall
Preceded byTom Koutsantonis (as Minister for State Development and Minister for Small Business)
Member of the South Australian House of Assembly
for Unley
Assumed office
18 March 2006
Preceded byMark Brindal
Personal details
David Gregory Pisoni

1963 (age 5758)
Elizabeth, South Australia
Political partyLiberal Party of Australia (SA)
EducationSalisbury High School

Early life

Pisoni was born in Elizabeth, and attended St. Augustine's Primary School and Salisbury High School. He subsequently completed an apprenticeship in a furniture manufacturing business. At the age of 21 he went on to found his own business, manufacturing and retailing fine furniture and training 20 apprentices of his own as the business grew from a back yard operation. Although Adelaide based at least half of the company's clients were based interstate and overseas. He operated his business until his election to Parliament.

Political career

Pisoni made a shift into politics at the 2006 state election, after incumbent Unley member Mark Brindal sought preselection for the electoral district of Adelaide. Pisoni then faced Unley mayor and Labor candidate Michael Keenan in the election, and ultimately won the seat in a close result. In January 2007, Pisoni was appointed Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Multicultural Affairs, Transport, Infrastructure and Energy.

Pisoni was elected to the seat of Unley at the 2006 state election on 51.1 percent of the two-party-preferred vote, suffering a swing of 7.9 points. Pisoni was re-elected at the 2010 state election on 62.2 percent of the two-party vote, receiving a swing of 10.3 points. He retained his position as a Shadow Minister holding the same portfolios, but moving from the Public Works Committee to the Social Development Committee.[4]

Pisoni was appointed Shadow Minister for Small Business, Consumer Affairs, Volunteers, Youth[5] and assisting the Leader with Multicultural Affairs on 18 April 2007. After a Shadow Cabinet re-shuffle in early 2008 Pisoni was promoted to Shadow Minister for Education and Children's Services,[6] retaining the Small Business and Youth Portfolios. Further Shadow cabinet changes in 2008 saw Pisoni replace the portfolios of Small Business and Youth for key portfolios Employment, Training & Further Education and Early Childhood Development, retaining the Education portfolio. Pisoni served his first term as a member of the Public Works committee.

Pisoni retained the seat at the 2014 Election with a margin of 9.8%. The margin was reduced to 8.9% after the district of Unley's electoral boundary was moved further west of Goodwood Rd to the Belair rail corridor. He continued as the shadow minister for Education (including training) and served on the Parliamentary Economic and Finance Committee until he was appointed the shadow minister for Transport and Infrastructure after which he served on the Public works Committee until the 2018 election.

Pisoni held the seat of Unley at 2018 election obtaining a 2.4% swing increasing his margin to 11.3% after achieving 51.7% of the primary vote in a 3 cornered contest with the Nick Xenephon-based SA Best Party having secured 12.3% of the primary vote and Labor just 23%. [7]

Pisoni was sworn in as the minister for Industry and Skills (DIS), a machinery of government change In response to the Joyce Review into key economic departments of the South Australian Government, saw industry policy shift to minister David Ridgway and the department of Trade Tourist and Investment (DTTI). Migration South Australia and responsibilities for skilled migration move to Pisoni (from DTTI) under the renamed Department of Innovation and Skills (DIS). As the Minister for Innovation and Skills, Pisoni is responsible for delivering on the Marshall government growth agenda in the key areas of Workforce Training and Skills, Apprenticeships and Traineeships, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Science and Information Economy, Creative Industries (Music, Screen and craft) and Skilled Migration. [8]


  1. Marshall, Steven. "David Pisoni MP". stevenmarshall.com.au. Steven Marshall, Parliament House, North Terrace, Adelaide. Retrieved 6 May 2017.
  2. MacLennan, Leah (22 March 2018). "SA election: Who's who in the new South Australian Liberal Government?". ABC News. Australia. Retrieved 22 March 2018.
  3. "The South Australian Government Gazette, 22 March 2018, No. 20, Supplementary Gazette" (PDF). Retrieved 23 March 2018.
  4. "Mr David Pisoni". parliament.sa.gov.au. South Australian Parliament. Retrieved 6 May 2017.
  5. "Endorsement letter" (PDF). 3plearning.com. 3P Learning. Retrieved 6 May 2017.
  6. "Pisoni letter" (PDF). aeusa.asn.au. Australian Education Union - SA Branch. Retrieved 6 May 2017.
  7. https://www.ecsa.sa.gov.au/component/edocman/unley-final-distribution-of-preferences/download
  8. https://www.premier.sa.gov.au/the-team/david-pisoni-mp