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Current Heads of Government and Opposition Leaders

There are nine parliaments in Australia.

There is one Federal Parliament in Canberra, six State Parliaments (New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, South Australia, Western Australia & Tasmania) and two Territory Parliaments (Northern Territory & Australian Capital Territory).

Each parliament has a lower house from which a government is formed. The Federal Government is led by the Prime Minister, State Governments have Premiers, and Territory Governments have Chief Ministers. There is an Opposition Leader in each Parliament.

This is a page updated on an ongoing basis giving the details of the Head of Government and Leader of the Opposition in each of the nine jurisdictions around Australia.

Note: In the table below, yellow shading indicates a Labor government. Light blue shading indicates a Liberal, LNP or CLP government.

Current Australian Heads of Government & Opposition Leaders – from December 21, 2024
No. Jurisdiction PM/Premier/
Chief Minister
Age Party Since Opposition Leader Age Party Since
1.
AUSTRALIA
Anthony Albanese
60
ALP
23.05.2022
Peter Dutton
53
L/NP
30.05.2022
2.
New South Wales
Chris Minns
44
ALP
28.03.2022
Mark Speakman
54
Liberal
21.04.2023
3.
Victoria
Jacinta Allan
50
ALP
27.09.2023
John Pesutto
53
Liberal
08.12.2022
4.
Queensland
Steven Miles
46
ALP
15.02.2023
David Crisafulli
44
LNP
12.11.2020
5.
Western Australia
Roger Cook
62
ALP
08.06.2023
Shane Love
57
National
30.01.2023
6.
South Australia
Peter Malinauskas
39
ALP
21.03.2022
David Speirs
43
Liberal
19.04.2023
7.
Tasmania
Jeremy Rockliff
54
Liberal
08.04.2022
Rebecca White
41
ALP
07.07.2021
8.
Australian Capital Territory
Andrew Barr
50
ALP
11.12.2014
Elizabeth Lee
40
Liberal
27.10.2020
9.
Northern Territory
Eva Lawler
ALP
21.12.2023
Lia Finocchiaro
39
CLP
01.02.2020

Longest- and Shortest-Serving

The ACT Chief Minister, Andrew Barr, is the longest-serving head of government, having taken office on December 11, 2014.

The Northern Territory Chief Minister, Eva Lawler, is the shortest-serving head of government, having held the post since December 21, 2024.

The NSW Liberal leader, Mark Speakman, is the shortest-serving Opposition Leader, having assumed the position on April 21, 2023.

The Northern Territory Opposition Leader, Lia Finocchiaro, is the longest continuously-serving opposition leader, having assumed the position on February 1, 2020.

However, Tasmania’s opposition leader, Rebecca White, first assumed the position on March 17, 2017. She relinquished the leadership after losing the 2021 election but was re-elected 7 weeks later after David O’Byrne was forced to resign.

Oldest and Youngest

The oldest leaders are both in Western Australia: Premier Roger Cook is 62 and Opposition Leader Shane Love is 57.

The youngest head of government is the South Australian Premier, Peter Malinauskas, 39.

The youngest Opposition Leader is the Northern Territory’s Lia Finocchiaro, 39.

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