Richard Wynne grew up in the inner suburbs of Melbourne and has lived and worked there for most of his life. He was born in 1955. He and his wife Svetlana have two sons. Richard was a consultant to Local Councils and community groups, providing advice on housing, planning, regional development and community health issues. He has lectured in Public Policy at Victoria University of Technology.
He studied Social Work and Criminology at Melbourne University and after graduating worked for seven years in community health on inner city public housing estates.
From there, he joined the staff of Barry Pullen who was then the Upper House MP for Melbourne Province. As Barry’s electorate officer for four years, Richard worked closely with people and community groups in Richmond and was based in the electorate.
Living and working in the inner city brought him face to face with a range of urban policy issues. During the Cain Labor Government, Richard worked as a policy adviser on Housing and Planning to two Ministers – Barry Pullen and Andrew McCutcheon.
He then joined the staff of the Deputy Prime Minister, Brian Howe as a senior adviser with responsibility for Urban Renewal issues and Local Government reforms.
Richard was a Melbourne City Councillor for six years, serving one year as Lord Mayor in 1991.
He has been a member of the Labor Party for 20 years and has been active in policy development work. He wrote a substantial portion of the party’s Local Government Policy.
Richard was elected the State Member for Richmond on September 18th, 1999. He held the position of Parliamentary Secretary for Justice during the first term of the Bracks Labor Government. Richard became Cabinet Secretary after the re-election of the Bracks Government on 30th November 2002.
Richard was appointed Minister for Housing and Local Government following the State Election on 25th November 2006.
Richard was additionally appointed Minister for Aboriginal Affairs in August 2007, following the resignation of Steve Bracks, the elevation of John Brumby to Premier, and the subsequent reshuffle of Cabinet.
Following the 2010 election, Richard was appointed Shadow Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and Closing the Gap, Shadow Minister for Housing, Shadow Minister for Local Government and Shadow Minister for A Fairer Victoria.
He was re-elected the Member for Richmond at the 2014 State Election and was appointed Minister for Planning in the new Andrews Labor Government, following its election win.
Following the 2018 State Election he was also appointed the portfolios of Housing and Multicultural Affairs.