Raff Ciccone

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Raff Ciccone
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Senator for Victoria
Assumed office
6 March 2019
Preceded byJacinta Collins
Personal details
Raffaele Ciccone

(1983-11-01) 1 November 1983 (age 35)[1]
East Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Political partyLabor
Spouse(s)Dimity Paul
Alma materDeakin University
University of Melbourne

Raffaele "Raff" Ciccone (born 1 November 1983) is an Australian politician who is a Senator for Victoria, representing the Labor Party. He was appointed to the Senate on 6 March 2019 following the resignation of Jacinta Collins.

Early life[edit]

Ciccone is the son of Italian immigrant parents who arrived in Australia in the 1960s.[2] He holds degrees in arts and commerce from Deakin University and the University of Melbourne.[3] Ciccone became a senior official in the Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees Association (SDA).[4] He was elected to the board of Link Health and Community in 2009, and from December 2017 served as the organisation's chair.[3]


Ciccone joined the Australian Labor Party in 2000. Before entering the Senate, Ciccone worked as a staffer to Senator Jacinta Collins and was a vice-president of the Australian Labor Party (Victorian Branch).[4] He was an unsuccessful candidate for Labor's Senate ticket in Victoria prior to the 2013 federal election.[5] He also stood for election to the Monash City Council in 2008 and 2016, but was defeated with less than ten percent of the vote on each occasion.[6][7]

Ciccone was appointed to the Senate on 6 March 2019 to fill a casual vacancy caused by the resignation of Jacinta Collins.[8][9]

Personal life[edit]

Ciccone is married to Dimity Paul, who was chief of staff to Victorian government minister Adem Somyurek and stood as a Labor candidate at the 2014 state election.[10] As of 2016 the couple lived in Hawthorn.[11]


  1. ^ "Senator Raff Ciccone". Senators and Members. Parliament of Australia. Retrieved 29 March 2019.
  2. ^ Raff Ciccone [@SenRaffCiccone] (6 March 2019). "Statement: Appointment as 100th Senator for Victoria" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  3. ^ a b "Raff Ciccone picks up Jacinta Collins' Senate spot in Victoria". The Australian. 29 January 2019. Retrieved 6 March 2019.
  4. ^ "Vic Labor at war over Senate, Hotham". Crikey. 19 July 2013. Retrieved 6 March 2019.
  5. ^ "Results for Monash City Council Elections 2008: Oakleigh Ward". Victorian Electoral Commission. Retrieved 6 March 2019.
  6. ^ "Monash City Council election results 2016: Mount Waverley Ward". Victorian Electoral Commission. Retrieved 6 March 2019.
  7. ^ Scott Ryan [@SenatorRyan] (6 March 2019). "A joint sitting of the @VicParliament has, pursuant to section 15 of the Constitution, nominated Rafael Ciccone to fill the casual vacancy in the Senate for the state of Victoria. 1/2" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
    Scott Ryan [@SenatorRyan] (6 March 2019). "The appointment takes effect immediately. Senator Ciccone will take the oath or affirmation of office when the senate next meets on 2 April. 2/2" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  8. ^ "Hansard: Legislative Assembly of Victoria" (PDF). Parliament of Victoria. 6 March 2019. Refer to pp. 131
  9. ^ "Minister stood down over allegations of misconduct made by chief of staff". The Age. 23 May 2015. Retrieved 6 March 2019.
  10. ^ "Hawthorn the new place to be". Domain.com.au. 27 May 2016. Retrieved 6 March 2019.