|Premier of Victoria|
|Style|| The Honourable |
|Seat||Parliament House, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia|
|Appointer|| Governor of Victoria |
|Term length|| At the Governor's pleasure |
contingent on the premier's ability to command confidence in the lower house of Parliament
|Inaugural holder||William Haines|
|Formation||30 November 1855|
The Premier of Victoria is the head of 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.
|No.||Premier||Portrait||Party||Term of office||Days in office|
|1||William Haines||30 November 1855||11 March 1857||468|
|2||John O'Shanassy||11 March 1857||29 April 1857||50|
|(1)||William Haines||29 April 1857||10 March 1858||316 (Total 784 for 2 terms)|
|(2)||John O'Shanassy||10 March 1858||27 October 1859||597 (Total 647 for 2 terms)|
|3||William Nicholson||27 October 1859||26 November 1860||397|
|4||Richard Heales||26 November 1860||14 November 1861||354|
|(2)||John O'Shanassy||14 November 1861||27 June 1863||591 (Total 1238 for 3 terms)|
|5||James McCulloch||27 June 1863||6 May 1868||1776|
|6||Charles Sladen||6 May 1868||11 July 1868||67|
|(5)||James McCulloch||11 July 1868||20 September 1869||437 (Total 2213 for 2 terms)|
|7||John Alexander MacPherson||20 September 1869||9 April 1870||202|
|(5)||James McCulloch||9 April 1870||19 June 1871||437|
|8||Charles Gavan Duffy||19 June 1871||10 June 1872||358|
|9||James Francis||10 June 1872||31 July 1874||782|
|10||George Kerferd||31 July 1874||7 August 1875||373|
|11||Graham Berry||7 August 1875||20 October 1875||75|
|(5)||James McCulloch||20 October 1875||21 May 1877||580|
|(11)||Graham Berry||21 May 1877||5 March 1880||1020 (Total 1095 for 2 terms)|
|12||James Service||5 March 1880||3 August 1880||152|
|(11)||Graham Berry||3 August 1880||9 July 1881||341 (Total 1436 for 3 terms)|
|13||Bryan O'Loghlen||9 July 1881||8 March 1883||608|
|(12)||James Service||8 March 1883||18 February 1886||1079 (Total 1231 for 2 terms)|
|14||Duncan Gillies||18 February 1886||5 November 1890||1722|
|15||James Munro||5 November 1890||16 February 1892||469|
|16||William Shiels||16 February 1892||23 January 1893||343|
|17||James Patterson||23 January 1893||27 September 1894||613|
|18||George Turner||27 September 1894||5 December 1899||1896|
|19||Allan McLean||5 December 1899||19 November 1900||350|
|(18)||George Turner||19 November 1900||12 February 1901||86 (Total 1982 for 2 terms)|
|20||Alexander Peacock||12 February 1901||10 June 1902||484|
|21||William Irvine||Reform||10 June 1902||16 February 1904||617|
|22||Thomas Bent||Reform||16 February 1904||8 January 1909||1789|
|23||John Murray||Commonwealth Liberal||8 January 1909||18 May 1912||1227|
|24||William Watt||Commonwealth Liberal||18 May 1912||9 December 1913||571|
|25||George Elmslie||Labor||9 December 1913||22 December 1913||14|
|(24)||William Watt||Commonwealth Liberal||22 December 1913||18 June 1914||179 (Total 750 for 2 terms)|
|(20)||Alexander Peacock||Commonwealth Liberal||18 June 1914||29 November 1917||1261|
|26||John Bowser||Nationalist||29 November 1917||21 March 1918||113|
|27||Harry Lawson||Nationalist||21 March 1918||28 April 1924||2233|
|(20)||Alexander Peacock||Nationalist||28 April 1924||18 July 1924||82|
|28||George Prendergast||Labor||18 July 1924||18 November 1924||124|
|29||John Allan||Country||18 November 1924||20 May 1927||914|
|30||Edmond Hogan||Labor||20 May 1927||22 November 1928||553|
|31||William McPherson||Nationalist||22 November 1928||12 December 1929||386|
|(30)||Edmond Hogan||Labor||12 December 1929||19 May 1932||890 (Total 1443 for 2 terms)|
|32||Stanley Argyle||United Australia||19 May 1932||2 April 1935||1049|
|33||Albert Dunstan||Country||2 April 1935||14 September 1943||3088|
|34||John Cain Sr.||Labor||14 September 1943||18 September 1943||5|
|(33)||Albert Dunstan||Country||18 September 1943||2 October 1945||746 (Total 3834 for 2 terms)|
|35||Ian Macfarlan||Liberal||2 October 1945||21 November 1945||51|
|(34)||John Cain Sr.||Labor||21 November 1945||20 November 1947||730 (Total 735 for 2 terms)|
|36||Thomas Hollway||Liberal||20 November 1947||27 June 1950||951|
|37||John McDonald||Country||27 June 1950||28 October 1952||855|
|(36)||Thomas Hollway||Independent||28 October 1952||31 October 1952||4 (Total 955 for 2 terms)|
|(37)||John McDonald||Country||31 October 1952||17 December 1952||48 (Total 903 for 2 terms)|
|(34)||John Cain Sr.||Labor||17 December 1952||7 June 1955||903 (Total 1638 for 3 terms)|
|38||Henry Bolte||Liberal||7 June 1955||23 August 1972||6288|
|39||Rupert Hamer||Liberal||23 August 1972||5 June 1981||3209|
|40||Lindsay Thompson||Liberal||5 June 1981||8 April 1982||308|
|41||John Cain Jr.||Labor||8 April 1982||10 August 1990||3047|
|42||Joan Kirner||Labor||10 August 1990||6 October 1992||789|
|43||Jeff Kennett||Liberal||6 October 1992||20 October 1999||2571|
|44||Steve Bracks||Labor||20 October 1999||30 July 2007||2841|
|45||John Brumby||Labor||30 July 2007||2 December 2010||1222|
|46||Ted Baillieu||Liberal||2 December 2010||6 March 2013||826|
|47||Denis Napthine||Liberal||6 March 2013||4 December 2014||639|
|48||Daniel Andrews||Labor||4 December 2014||Incumbent||1880|
As of 27 January 2020, five former premiers are alive, the oldest being Jeff Kennett (1992–1999, born 1948). The most recent Premier to die was John Cain Jr. (1982–1990), on 23 December 2019.
|Name||Term as premier||Date of birth|
|Jeff Kennett||1992–1999||2 March 1948|
|Steve Bracks||1999–2007||15 October 1954|
|John Brumby||2007–2010||21 April 1953|
|Ted Baillieu||2010–2013||31 July 1953|
|Denis Napthine||2013–2014||6 March 1952|
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