Raised on a dairy farm in Western Victoria, Craig was educated in the local public school system and worked in Hotel Management for a few years before becoming a Locksmith, running his own business and employing multiple staff.
During his 20 years of voluntary service to the Victorian Country Fire Authority (CFA), Craig was selected to be an Ambulance Paramedic and went onto work for both the Victorian and Queensland Ambulance Services for 15 years.
Craig was driven into politics after many years defending the workers’ rights and entitlements of Paramedics as a Union Delegate both in Victoria and Queensland. The rise of the Newman Government saw Queensland’s paramedics and firefighters stand strong against militant governance.
First elected in 2015, then re-elected in 2017, Craig is currently the Minister for Fire and Emergency Services and overseas operations and governance for over 40,000 staff and volunteers in what has been a busy operational season. In 2020, Craig added Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships to his ministerial portfolio.
Craig has an adult son (Luke) and was married to his wife Rosalie in Parliament House Brisbane in 2016. They live on the Cairns northern beaches and enjoy time away together with their dogs and caravan when time permits.