Victoria’s second ever woman to be Premier brings over two decades of political experience to the role.
Jacinta Allan has become the first woman in over 30 years to lead the state of Victoria following Dan Andrews’ shock departure from politics. Widely expected to be tapped for the premiership, her leadership was briefly challenged by Minister Ben Carroll from the Labor-right faction before he withdrew his bid. With a vast and impressive career in politics, we’ve included everything you need to know about Victoria’s newest Premier.
Personal Life and Education
Jacinta was born in 1973 in Bendigo where she grew up as one of two children and describes her upbringing as a ‘working class’ one. Jacinta attended the Catholic College Bendigo.
Jacinta completed a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) from La Trobe University Bendigo Campus in 1995. Following her graduation, she worked as a political officer and research assistant in the offices of Steve Gibbons and Neil O'Keefe.
Experience in Politics
Following her brief career as a political advisor, Jacinta became the youngest ever elected female parliamentarian in Victoria after she was elected as a Labor Member for the seat of Bendigo East in the 1999 State election. She has since served a variety of portfolios including employment, youth affairs, education, women’s affairs, industry and trade. Jacinta was previously Deputy Premier under the Andrews government, and she continues on as Minister for Transport Infrastructure, Minister for the Suburban Rail Loop.
During her time in office, she has demonstrated a keen interest in health, education and transport services. Jacinta is particularly proud of her role in building new railway stations at Goornong, Huntly and Raywood, as well as the new Bendigo Hospital. She is also currently responsible for the delivery of Victoria’s major road projects: the West Gate Tunnel and North East Link. Jacinta was elected Premier in September 2023 following the resignation of Daniel Andrews.
Jacinta lives in Bendigo with her husband and their two children. She is a supporter of the Melbourne Storm and the Bendigo Spirit basketball team.
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