Born and raised in the north eastern suburbs of Greensborough and Montmorency, Matthew attended local primary and secondary schools. Completing tertiary studies at Latrobe University, Matthew obtained a Batchelor of Arts and also completed post graduate studies in Ukrainian language and culture at Monash University.
Matthew was elected to the state Legislative Council as a Member for the Northern Metropolitan Region in November 2006 and re-elected in 2010. In 2010 he was appointed the Minister for Planning and in early 2014 added the responsibilities of Minister for Multicultural Affairs and citizenship.
In 2014 Matthew was elected as the Member for Bulleen in the Legislative Assembly, soon after which he was elected as the Leader of the Liberal party and leader of the Opposition.
After resigning as Liberal Party leader in 2018, Matthew was appointed in 2019 as the Shadow Minister for Finance, Jobs and Trade and Business Precincts.
Before being elected to parliament Matthew worked for senior politicians such as Premier Jeff Kennett, Opposition Leader Denis Napthine and federal Minister Senator Rod Kemp.
Outside of politics he has worked for the Australian Securities and Investments Commission and the Victorian Farmers Federation.
Matthew is married to Renae and has three sons.