Michael graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Policy Studies) from Monash University in late 2005.
Michael previously served as the President of the Monash University Student Union Caulfield Inc (MONSU Caulfield), a post he held from the start of 2004 until the end of 2005, and as a Director of Monyx Pty Ltd until the end of February 2006.
From 2001 to 2003 he was a part-time electorate officer for Senator Tsebin Tchen, while also serving as a student representative at MONSU Caulfield. In 2001, he was the Arts Faculty Representative, before being elected as the Education, Community & Welfare Officer for 2002. In 2003, he was the MONSU Caulfield Clubs Officer, during which he was elected as President.
In 2004, he also was a member of Monash University Council (and a member of its Resources and Finance Sub-Committee), and also Monash University’s Academic Board.
During 2004, as part of ‘Bluey Day,’ he shaved his head to raise over $3,500 for cancer research in conjunction with Monash University, Caulfield Campus librarian Hui-Hsing Lin.