Assistant Health Minister Ken Wyatt was sworn in on Wednesday, more than a week after his frontbench colleagues were appointed to their positions.
The indigenous Liberal MP was officially sworn in to his post in the new-look Malcolm Turnbull government by Governor-General Peter Cosgrove at a ceremony at Government House in Canberra.
Mr Wyatt, Australia’s first indigenous frontbench politician, missed last week’s swearing in ceremony because he was overseas.
The Prime Minister also attended the ceremony.
Mr Wyatt, whose mother was part of the stolen generations, was the first indigenous person to become a member of the House of Representatives after he won the seat of Hasluck in 2010’s federal election.
When sworn in to parliament that year, indigenous elders gifted Mr Wyatt a cloak made from kangaroo skin which he wore as he took the oath of office.
Prior to entering politics, Mr Wyatt was a primary school teacher for 16 years and a Director of Aboriginal Education and Director of Aboriginal Health in Western Australia and New South Wales.
Mr Wyatt is of Noongar, Yamatji and Wongi heritage.