Rahul Sharma (Editor)

Premier of Victoria

Updated on
Share on FacebookTweet on TwitterShare on LinkedInShare on Reddit
Style  The Honourable
Formation  30 November 1855
Appointer  Governor of Victoria
Premier of Victoria

Seat  Parliament House, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Term length  At the Governor's pleasure
Inaugural holder  Dr William Clark Haines

The Premier of Victoria is the leader of the government in the Australian state of Victoria. The Premier is appointed by the Governor of Victoria, and is the leader of the political party able to secure a majority in the Legislative Assembly.

Responsible government came to the colony of Victoria in 1855. Between 1856 and 1892, the head of the government was commonly called the Premier or the Prime Minister, but neither title had any legal basis. The head of government always held another portfolio, usually Chief Secretary or Treasurer, for which they were paid a salary. The first head of government to hold the title of Premier without holding another portfolio was William Shiels in 1892.

The incumbent Premier of Victoria since the 2014 election is Daniel Andrews of the Australian Labor Party.

Living former premiers

As of September 2016, six former premiers are alive, the oldest being John Cain (1982–1990, born 1931). The most recent premier to die was Joan Kirner (1990–92), on 1 June 2015.


Premier of Victoria Wikipedia