Deputy Premier of Victoria

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Deputy Premier of Victoria
Coat of Arms of Victoria.svg
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Jacinta Allan DP.jpg
Jacinta Allan

since 27 June 2022
Department of Premier and Cabinet
Style The Honourable
Member of
Reports to Premier of Victoria
Seat 1 Treasury Place, Melbourne
NominatorPremier of Victoria
Appointer Governor of Victoria
on the advice of the premier
Term length At the Governor's pleasure
contingent on serving as deputy leader of party or coalition commanding a majority of seats in the Legislative Assembly
Formation19 May 1932
First holder Robert Menzies
Salary AU$395,738 (from 1 July 2022) [1]

The deputy premier of Victoria is the second-most senior officer in the Government of Victoria. The deputy premier position was created in May 1932, with Robert Menzies being the first person to hold the position. The deputy premier is appointed by the Governor on the advice of the premier. The deputy premier is usually also a minister in the government.


When the Labor Party forms government, the deputy leader of the Labor parliamentary party typically becomes the deputy premier. The same was the case when the Liberal Party formed government on its own. When the Liberal-National coalition is in government, the deputy premier is usually the leader of the junior coalition partner, the Nationals (or its predecessor, the Country Party). The current deputy premier is Jacinta Allan of the Labor Party, who has held the position since 27 June 2022.


The duties of the deputy premier are to act on behalf of the premier in his or her absence overseas or on leave. The deputy premier has always been a member of the Cabinet, and has always held at least one substantive portfolio (It would be technically possible for a minister to hold only the portfolio of Deputy Premier, but this has never happened).

If the premier were to die, become incapacitated or resign, the Governor would normally appoint the deputy premier as acting Premier. If the governing or majority party had not yet elected a new leader, that appointment would be on an interim basis. Should a different leader emerge, that person would then be appointed Premier.

List of deputy premiers of Victoria

No.NamePortraitTerm of officeAffiliation
1 Robert Menzies Robert Menzies 1930s.png 19 May 193231 July 1934 Nationalist
2 Ian Macfarlan Imcfarlanemp.jpg 31 July 193412 March 1935 Nationalist
3 Albert Dunstan Albert Dunstan (cropped).jpg 15 March 193520 March 1935 Country
4 Wilfrid Kent Hughes Kenthughes.jpg 20 March 19352 April 1935 Nationalist
5 Murray Bourchier BourchierMurray.jpg 2 April 193524 June 1936 Country
6 Francis Old Francis Old.jpg 30 June 193614 October 1937 Country
7 Albert Lind Albert Lind.jpg 14 October 193714 September 1943 Country
8 Bert Cremean Bert Cremean.jpg 14 September 194318 September 1943 Labor
9 Thomas Hollway TomHollway.jpg 18 September 19432 October 1945 United Australia/Liberal
10 Thomas Maltby Thomas Maltby.jpg 2 October 194521 November 1945 Liberal
11 Frank Field Frank Field.jpg 21 November 194520 November 1947 Labor
12 John McDonald Johnmcdonaldmp.jpg 20 November 19473 December 1948 Country
(4) Wilfrid Kent Hughes Kenthughes.jpg 3 December 194828 October 1949 Liberal/Liberal and Country
13 Trevor Oldham Trevor Oldham.png 8 November 194927 June 1950 Liberal and Country
14 Keith Dodgshun Keith Dodgshun.jpg 27 June 195028 October 1952 Country
15 Alexander Dennett Alexander Dennett.jpg 28 October 195231 October 1952 Electoral Reform
(14) Keith Dodgshun Keith Dodgshun.jpg 31 October 195217 December 1952 Country
16 Bill Galvin Bill Galvin.jpg 17 December 19527 June 1955 Labor
17 Sir Arthur Rylah Arthur Rylah .jpg 7 June 19555 March 1971 Liberal
18 Rupert Hamer Dick Hamer.jpg 21 April 197123 August 1972 Liberal
19 Lindsay Thompson No image.png 23 August 19725 June 1981 Liberal
20 Bill Borthwick No image.png 5 June 19818 April 1982 Liberal
21 Robert Fordham No image.png 8 April 198231 January 1989 Labor
22 Joan Kirner Joan kirner.jpg 7 February 198910 August 1990 Labor
23 Jim Kennan No image.png 10 August 19906 October 1992 Labor
24 Pat McNamara No image.png 6 October 199221 October 1999 National
25 John Thwaites Ac thwaitesCROP.jpg 21 October 199930 July 2007 Labor
26 Rob Hulls Rob Hulls - Sarah Ewart.jpg 30 July 20072 December 2010 Labor
27 Peter Ryan Peter Ryan.jpg 2 December 20104 December 2014 National
28 James Merlino Jackson Taylor and James Merlino with baby bundle (cropped) 2.jpg 4 December 201427 June 2022 Labor
29 Jacinta Allan Jacinta Allan DP.jpg 27 June 2022Incumbent Labor

Notable careers

Among the most notable former deputy premiers of Victoria have been Robert Menzies (1932–1934) who went on to become the longest serving prime minister of Australia. One of Menzies' federal ministers was Wilfrid Kent Hughes who like Menzies had served as deputy premier of Victoria prior to switching to federal politics. Others include Albert Dunstan (1935) who subsequently became Ppremier for a then record of ten years, Rupert Hamer (1971–1972) who later became a long serving premier, Thomas Hollway (1943–1945) who was Premier on three occasions and Joan Kirner became the first female deputy premier in 1989 before becoming the first female premier in 1990.

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