Sunshine Coast Council Independent Candidate Division 10

Sunshine Coast Council Independent Candidate Division 10

Sunshine Coast Council Independent Candidate Division 10Sunshine Coast Council Independent Candidate Division 10Sunshine Coast Council Independent Candidate Division 10

About Matthew



Matthew Filippi is running for Division 10 of the Sunshine Coast Council. He is passionate about the community, and wants to play an active role in the future of the Sunshine Coast.

Matthew is an Iraq War Veteran and experienced public servant with over 18 years of leadership in various State and Federal government roles, including with the Army, Immigration, and Federal Police. He has coordinated wide-reaching projects within the public service, requiring complex problem-solving, stakeholder management and the real leadership one finds beyond any classroom. These skills are more necessary than ever, as the Sunshine Coast grapples with a growing population and an increasingly global economy. He is a driven professional with a strong work ethic, high level of integrity, and extensive experience in numerous aspects of government.

Matthew’s work has taken him around Australia and the world, but no matter the environment, his leadership philosophy remains the same: leadership is service above self, always. And it’s not just talk. As a father, veteran and Vice President of the Woombye State School P&C, and in both the Public and Private Sectors, he walks the walk.

He is keenly aware of the requirement to balance the community’s needs now, and those in the future to preserve the Sunshine Coast’s iconic lifestyle and natural assets. This means diversifying the economy, particularly beyond those blue-chip coastal Divisions; fighting for an integrated transport system that meets the needs of hinterland and rural communities; rejuvenating Nambour as the gateway to the hinterland; and exploring innovative approaches to generating local employment, enterprise and economic access. 

After spending most of his adult life in public service, Matthew’s nomination to continue serving his local community comes as no surprise. With the retirement of the incumbent Cr Greg Rogerson, who has served in the role since 2004, the 40-year-old father considers himself the ideal candidate to carry on from Cr Rogerson. 

"I'm running as a Division 10 Candidate because I believe I have what it takes to represent the community I love. I’m pledging to bring a back-to-basics style of leadership to Council. To restore commonsense by advocating for all those things that our community desperately wants: financial sustainability, transparency, and a Council that really listens to the community.”

"As I’ve begun campaigning across the area, I’ve been inspired by the talent and courage of our hardworking locals, and I’ve become acutely aware of some of the issues faced by our most vulnerable. As I continue across the Division, I encourage you to share your thoughts, your ideas and your concerns. I’m listening, and I’m ready to do what it takes to ensure that Division 10 retains its unique character and receives its fair share of infrastructure and investment. Now more than ever, the Sunshine Coast needs Councillors who’ll get back-to-basics and get the job done. That’s what I’m offering Division 10 and I look forward to proving that right through to March 28th.”

Career highlights

  • Australian Army 
  • Department of Defence Civilian  
  • Senior and Executive Immigration Officer 
  • Australian Border Force 
  • Secondment to the Australian Federal Police 

Awards and Recognition

  • Australian Active Service Medal with Clasp Iraq 2003 
  • Iraq Campaign Medal 
  • Australian Defence Medal
  • Support to Military Operations (Australia Day 2007)
  • Outstanding Nominee - Secretary’s Leadership Challenge, Department of Immigration and Citizenship (2011)
  • Certificate of Appreciation - Australian Federal Police (2016)


  • Diploma of Business
  • Diploma of Business Administration
  • Cert IV in Government - Case Management
  • Cert IV in Government - Investigations
  • Cert IV in Financial Services

Requirement to Disclose Donations

I am a self-funded independent candidate and will not be accepting donations to fund my campaign. 

As a candidate for the local government elections receiving donations totalling $500 or more, details of donations are required to be publicly disclosed to the Electoral Commission of Queensland within 7 days of receipt and are available to view on the ECQ website.

Following the election, a return is required to be provided to the ECQ listing the relevant details of each donation.

Political Associations

Matthew is a 100% self funded and independent candidate. 

Matthew has been a member of the LNP for 3 years, he is not an endorsed candidate and not tied to any party policies or commitments. 

Matthew has made a commitment that if his membership effects his duties and independent nature of the Councillor role, he will cancel his membership.

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