Who is Jacinta Allan the new premier of Victoria?

Jacinta Marie Allan is an Australian politician serving as the 49th and current premier of Victoria since 2023.

She previously served as Victoria’s 29th deputy premier from 2022 to 2023. Allan is the longest-serving female minister in Victorian state history and the Assembly’s most senior sitting member.

Jacinta Allan was born in Bendigo, Victoria on September 19, 1973. She received her a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) degree from La Trobe University.

She joined the ALP at the age of 19, and while at university and interned for federal MP Lindsay Tanner. Allan was the youngest female lawmaker in Victoria when she was elected at the age of 25 in the 1999 state election.

Following the 2002 election, Allan was appointed Minister for Education Services and Minister for Employment and Youth Affairs. She was the state’s youngest minister and the Victorian government’s youngest minister since Alfred Deakin in the 1880s.

She was appointed Minister of Industry and Trade in 2010. Allan was attacked by pro-life activists during her 2010 election campaign after voting in parliament for abortion legislation in 2008.

Following the 2014 state election, Allan was appointed to the First Andrews Ministry as Minister for Public Transport and Minister for Employment.