Sean Armistead was born in Darwin, where he lived with his father and his mother – a Ngunga Aboriginal Woman – before moving to Melbourne at the age of eight. He is the Liberal candidate for the seat of Melbourne in the 2013 Federal Elections.
Sean grew up and attended primary and secondary school in the blue collar suburb of Frankston before completing a Bachelor of Commerce at Melbourne University. At the University of Melbourne, his passion for Indigenous affairs flourished, and he became the university’s first elected Office Bearer of the Indigenous Department.
Sean has been a strong advocate for Indigenous affairs, actively working with the Indigenous community across Australia and assisting many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people into employment. He has close involvement with a number of community organisations and associations, and for the past two years has been the Chairperson of Worawa Aboriginal College.
He began his career at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade as a policy officer and has since worked for Hewlett Packard, Indigenous co-founder of CareerTrackers and also as the Indigenous Employment Program Manager of KPMG.
He currently works as the Manager of the Indigenous Employment Program for one of Victoria’s largest single site employers, creating opportunities for disadvantaged people to gain jobs and build careers.