|Premier of Tasmania|
|Department of Premier and Cabinet|
|Status||Head of Government|
15 Murray Street, Hobart
|Appointer|| Governor of Tasmania |
by convention, based on appointee's ability to command confidence in the House of Assembly
|Term length|| At the Governor's pleasure |
contingent on the premier's ability to command confidence in the lower house of Parliament
|Constituting instrument||None (constitutional convention)|
|Formation||1 November 1856|
|First holder||William Champ|
|Deputy||Deputy Premier of Tasmania|
The Premier of Tasmania is the head of the executive government in the Australian state of Tasmania. By convention, the leader of the party or political grouping which has majority support in the House of Assembly is invited by the Governor of Tasmania to be Premier and principal adviser.
Since 20 January 2020, the Premier of Tasmania has been Peter Gutwein, leader of the Liberal Party, which holds 13 of the 25 seats in the House of Assembly.
Before the 1890s, there was no formal party system in Tasmania. Party labels before that time indicate a general tendency only. The current convention of appointing the Premier from the House of Assembly was not generally applied prior to 1920, with Premiers often appointed from the Legislative Council.
|No.||Premier||Portrait||Party||Term of office||Time in office|
|1||William Champ||1 November 1856||26 February 1857||117 days|
|2||Thomas Gregson||26 February 1857||25 April 1857||58 days|
|3||William Weston||25 April 1857||12 May 1857||17 days|
|4||Francis Smith||12 May 1857||1 November 1860||3 years, 173 days|
|—||William Weston||1 November 1860||2 August 1861||274 days|
|5||Thomas Chapman||2 August 1861||20 January 1863||1 year, 171 days|
|6||James Whyte||20 January 1863||24 November 1866||3 years, 308 days|
|7||Sir Richard Dry||24 November 1866||4 August 1869||2 years, 253 days|
|8||James Wilson||4 August 1869||4 November 1872||3 years, 92 days|
|9||Frederick Innes||4 November 1872||4 August 1873||273 days|
|10||Alfred Kennerley||4 August 1873||20 July 1876||2 years, 351 days|
|11||Thomas Reibey||20 July 1876||9 August 1877||1 year, 20 days|
|12||Philip Fysh||9 August 1877||5 March 1878||208 days|
|13||William Giblin||5 March 1878||20 December 1878||290 days|
|14||William Crowther||20 December 1878||30 October 1879||314 days|
|—||William Giblin||30 October 1879||15 August 1884||4 years, 290 days|
|15||Adye Douglas||15 August 1884||8 March 1886||1 year, 205 days|
|16||James Agnew||8 March 1886||29 March 1887||1 year, 21 days|
|—||Philip Fysh||Protectionist||29 March 1887||17 August 1892||5 years, 141 days|
|17||Henry Dobson||Free Trade||17 August 1892||14 April 1894||1 year, 240 days|
|18||Sir Edward Braddon||Free Trade||14 April 1894||12 October 1899||5 years, 181 days|
|19||Elliott Lewis||Free Trade||12 October 1899||9 April 1903||3 years, 179 days|
|20||William Propsting||Protectionist||9 April 1903||12 July 1904||1 year, 94 days|
|21||John Evans||Anti-Socialist||12 July 1904||19 June 1909||4 years, 342 days|
|—||Sir Elliott Lewis||Liberal League||19 June 1909||20 October 1909||123 days|
|22||John Earle||Labor||20 October 1909||27 October 1909||7 days|
|—||Sir Elliott Lewis||Liberal League||27 October 1909||14 June 1912||2 years, 231 days|
|23||Albert Solomon||14 June 1912||6 April 1914||1 year, 296 days|
|—||John Earle||Labor||6 April 1914||15 April 1916||2 years, 9 days|
|24||Walter Lee||Liberal League||15 April 1916||12 August 1922||2 years, 9 days|
|25||John Hayes||Nationalist||12 August 1922||14 August 1923||1 year, 2 days|
|—||Sir Walter Lee||14 August 1923||25 October 1923||72 days|
|26||Joseph Lyons||Labor||25 October 1923||15 June 1928||4 years, 234 days|
|27||John McPhee||Nationalist||15 June 1928||15 March 1934||5 years, 273 days|
|—||Sir Walter Lee||15 March 1934||22 June 1934||99 days|
|28||Albert Ogilvie||Labor||22 June 1934||10 June 1939||4 years, 354 days|
|29||Edmund Dwyer-Gray||11 June 1939||18 December 1939||190 days|
|30||Robert Cosgrove||18 December 1939||18 December 1947||8 years, 0 days|
|31||Edward Brooker||18 December 1947||25 February 1948||69 days|
|—||Robert Cosgrove||25 February 1948||26 August 1958||10 years, 182 days|
|32||Eric Reece||26 August 1958||26 May 1969||10 years, 273 days|
|33||Angus Bethune||Liberal||26 May 1969||3 May 1972||2 years, 343 days|
|—||Eric Reece||Labor||3 May 1972||31 March 1975||2 years, 332 days|
|34||Bill Neilson||31 March 1975||1 December 1977||2 years, 245 days|
|35||Doug Lowe||1 December 1977||11 November 1981||3 years, 345 days|
|36||Harry Holgate||11 November 1981||26 May 1982||196 days|
|37||Robin Gray||Liberal||26 May 1982||29 June 1989||7 years, 34 days|
|38||Michael Field||Labor||29 June 1989||17 February 1992||2 years, 233 days|
|39||Ray Groom||Liberal||17 February 1992||18 March 1996||4 years, 30 days|
|40||Tony Rundle||18 March 1996||14 September 1998||2 years, 180 days|
|41||Jim Bacon||Labor||14 September 1998||21 March 2004||5 years, 189 days|
|42||Paul Lennon||21 March 2004||26 May 2008||4 years, 66 days|
|43||David Bartlett||26 May 2008||24 January 2011||2 years, 243 days|
|44||Lara Giddings||24 January 2011||31 March 2014||3 years, 66 days|
|45||Will Hodgman||Liberal||31 March 2014||20 January 2020||5 years, 295 days|
|46||Peter Gutwein||20 January 2020||Incumbent||1 year, 119 days|
As of 20 January 2020, nine former premiers are alive, the oldest being Tony Rundle (1996–98, born 1939). The most recent premier to die was Sir Angus Bethune (1969–72), on 27 August 2004. The most recently serving premier to die was Jim Bacon (1998–2004), on 20 June 2004.
|Name||Term as premier||Date of birth|
|Doug Lowe||1977–1981||15 May 1942|
|Robin Gray||1982–1989||1 March 1940|
|Michael Field||1989–1992||28 May 1948|
|Ray Groom||1992–1996||3 September 1944|
|Tony Rundle||1996–1998||5 March 1939|
|Paul Lennon||2004–2008||8 October 1955|
|David Bartlett||2008–2011||19 January 1968|
|Lara Giddings||2011–2014||14 November 1972|
|Will Hodgman||2014–2020||20 April 1969|
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