From regional Victoria to first female Premier in three decades: Jacinta Allan’s remarkable journey

She became the youngest woman elected to Victoria's parliament in 1999 at the age of 25 and made history in 2002 as the state's youngest-ever minister at 29.

In a historic moment for Victoria, Jacinta Allan has been sworn in as the state’s new Premier, marking the first time in three decades that a woman has taken the helm of the state.

Allan’s elevation to the position of Premier comes in the wake of the unexpected resignation of Daniel Andrews, the former Premier. The leadership transition took place swiftly, with Allan securing the role of Premier after running for leader of the Victorian Labor Party in a caucus meeting.

Allan’s appointment was met with excitement and anticipation as she took on the responsibility of leading the state of Victoria. Ben Carroll, the Public Transport Minister, will serve as her deputy, forming a formidable team to tackle the challenges facing the state.

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Women MP and Ministers of Victoria with Premier Jacinta Allan: Image Source: NatHutchins

Reflecting on her new role, Premier Jacinta Allan expressed her deep honour and privilege at being chosen for this position.

She acknowledged her long history of public service, spanning over two decades, during which she has served the Victorian community in various ministerial roles. Allan’s journey began as a young woman from regional Victoria, and she emphasised her commitment to continue working tirelessly for the betterment of the state.

Jacinta Allan’s ascension to the role of Premier has significant historical significance. She is only the second woman to lead Victoria and the first Labor premier from regional Victoria in nearly a century. Her leadership is expected to serve as an inspiration to women and individuals from regional backgrounds, highlighting that leadership can take various forms.

Looking back at her political career, Allan’s achievements are remarkable. She became the youngest woman elected to Victoria’s parliament in 1999 at the age of 25 and made history in 2002 as the state’s youngest-ever minister at 29.


Notably, in June 2022, Jacinta Allan assumed the position of Deputy Premier, positioning herself as the presumptive successor to Daniel Andrews. She has also played pivotal roles in major projects, including the suburban rail loop project and the delivery of the 2026 Commonwealth Games, a responsibility she undertook before the portfolio was abolished.

In her new role as Premier, Allan acknowledged her unique style of leadership while paying tribute to her predecessor, Daniel Andrews. Her journey to leadership was marked by a smooth transition, with the caucus meeting confirming her appointment without the need for a vote.

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Ben Carroll, who ran for leadership alongside Allan but ultimately supported her, expressed confidence in her abilities and highlighted the importance of maintaining a strong working relationship with Tim Pallas, who was chosen as the left faction’s deputy contender.


Opposition leader John Pesutto, however, seized on what he described as division between the two leaders, emphasising the importance of stability in leadership. Despite political differences, Mr Andrews expressed his happiness at Allan’s ascension to the role of Premier, praising her dedication to the people of Victoria.

As Victoria enters a new era of leadership under Jacinta Allan, the state eagerly awaits the announcement of the new ministerial cabinet and prepares for a by-election in Mr Andrews’ former seat of Mulgrave.

Allan’s tenure as Premier promises to bring fresh perspectives and a unique leadership style to the state’s governance, marking a significant moment in Victoria’s political history.

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