Current Living Former Prime Ministers, Premiers And Chief Ministers

The tables on this page show the full lists of living former heads of government in Australia.

There are 65 former prime ministers, premiers and chief ministers still living, as of March 19, 2018. For the sake of completeness, a majority leader of the Northern Territory Legislative Assembly prior to self-government is also listed here.

All six prime ministers since Bob Hawke assumed the office in 1983 are still living.

All nine Premiers of NSW since Barrie Unsworth took office in 1988 are still living, as are all seven premiers of Western Australia since Brian Burke took office in 1983.

Every Majority Leader and Chief Minister of the Northern Territory since 1970 is still living. This is the longest period of government in any state or territory where all former leaders are still alive. The former Majority Leader, Goff Letts, 90, is the oldest person on these lists. He held his position prior to self-government.

Aside from Letts, the oldest former leader is Steele Hall, 89, the South Australian premier (1968-70) who subsequently served in the Senate (1974-77) and the House of Representatives (1981-96).

Former prime minister Bob Hawke, 88, is the next oldest, followed by former Victorian premier John Cain, 86, and former NSW premier Barrie Unsworth, 84.

The youngest members on the lists are former Northern Territory chief minister Adam Giles, 45, and former Tasmanian premier Lara Giddings, 45.

The most recent deaths have been:

  • Apr 25, 2016: Tom Lewis – 94 – NSW Premier (Liberal) 1975-76
  • Dec 13, 2015: John Bannon – 72 – S.A. Premier (ALP) 1982-92
  • Jun 01, 2015: Joan Kirner – 76 – Victorian Premier (ALP) 1990-92
  • Mar 20, 2015: Malcolm Fraser – 84 – Prime Minister (Liberal) 1975-83
  • Nov 10, 2014: Wayne Goss – 63 – Queensland Premier (ALP) 1989-96
  • Oct 21, 2014: Gough Whitlam – 98 – Prime Minister (ALP) 1972-75
  • Apr 20, 2014: Neville Wran – 87 – NSW Premier (ALP) 1976-86

Note: The ages on these lists are generated automatically and are always up-to-date.

Living Former PRIME MINISTERS of AUSTRALIA
No. Name Party Born Current Age Prime Minister Period in Office
1.
Bob Hawke
ALP
09.12.1929
88 years, 4 months, 16 days
11.03.1983 – 20.12.1991
8 years, 9 months, 9 days
2.
Paul Keating
ALP
18.01.1944
74 years, 3 months, 7 days
20.12.1991 – 11.03.1996
4 years, 2 months, 20 days
3.
John Howard
Liberal
26.07.1939
78 years, 8 months, 30 days
11.03.1996 – 03.12.2007
11 years, 8 months, 22 days
4.
Kevin Rudd
ALP
21.09.1957
60 years, 7 months, 4 days
03.12.2007 – 24.06.2010
27.06.2013 – 18.09.2013
2 years, 6 months, 21 days
2 months, 22 days
Total: 2 years, 9 months, 12 days
5.
Julia Gillard
ALP
29.09.1961
56 years, 6 months, 27 days
24.06.2010 – 27.06.2013
3 years, 3 days
6.
Tony Abbott
Liberal
04.11.1957
60 years, 5 months, 21 days
18.09.2013 – 15.09.2015
1 year, 11 months, 28 days

 

Living Former Premiers of NEW SOUTH WALES
No. Name Party Born Current Age Premier Period in Office
1.
Barrie Unsworth
ALP
16.04.1934
84 years 9 days
04.07.1986 – 25.03.1988
1 year, 8 months, 21 days
2.
Nick Greiner
Liberal
27.04.1947
70 years, 11 months, 29 days
25.03.1988 – 24.06.1992
4 years, 2 months, 30 days
3.
John Fahey
Liberal
10.01.1945
73 years, 3 months, 15 days
24.06.1992 – 04.04.1995
2 years, 9 months, 11 days
4.
Bob Carr
ALP
28.09.1947
70 years, 6 months, 28 days
04.04.1995 – 03.08.2005
10 years, 3 months, 30 days
5.
Morris Iemma
ALP
21.07.1961
56 years, 9 months, 4 days
03.08.2005 – 05.09.2008
3 years, 1 month, 2 days
6.
Nathan Rees
ALP
12.02.1968
50 years, 2 months, 13 days
05.09.2008 – 04.12.2009
1 year, 2 months, 29 days
7.
Kristina Keneally
ALP
19.12.1968
49 years, 4 months, 6 days
04.12.2009 – 28.03.2011
1 year, 3 months, 24 days
8.
Barry O’Farrell
Liberal
24.05.1959
58 years, 11 months, 1 day
28.03.2011 – 17.04.2014
3 years, 20 days
9.
Mike Baird
Liberal
01.04.1968
50 years 24 days
17.04.2014 – 23.01.2017
2 years, 9 months, 6 days

 

Living Former Premiers of VICTORIA
No. Name Party Born Current Age Premier Period in Office
1.
John Cain
ALP
26.04.1931
86 years, 11 months, 30 days
08.04.1982 – 10.08.1990
8 years, 4 months, 2 days
2.
Jeff Kennett
Liberal
02.03.1948
70 years, 1 month, 23 days
06.10.1992 – 19.10.1999
7 years, 14 days
3.
Steve Bracks
ALP
15.10.1954
63 years, 6 months, 10 days
19.10.1999 – 30.07.2007
7 years, 9 months, 11 days
4.
John Brumby
ALP
21.04.1953
65 years 4 days
30.07.2007 – 02.12.2010
3 years, 4 months, 2 days
5.
Ted Baillieu
Liberal
31.07.1953
64 years, 8 months, 25 days
02.12.2010 – 06.03.2013
2 years, 3 months, 4 days
6.
Denis Napthine
Liberal
06.03.1952
66 years, 1 month, 19 days
06.03.2013 – 04.12.2014
1 year, 8 months, 28 days

 

Living Former Premiers of QUEENSLAND
No. Name Party Born Current Age Premier Period in Office
1.
Mike Ahern
National
02.06.1942
75 years, 10 months, 23 days
01.12.1987 – 25.09.1989
1 year, 9 months, 24 days
2.
Russell Cooper
National
04.02.1941
77 years, 2 months, 21 days
25.09.1989 – 07.12.1989
2 months, 12 days
3.
Rob Borbidge
National
12.08.1954
63 years, 8 months, 13 days
19.02.1996 – 26.06.1998
2 years, 4 months, 7 days
4.
Peter Beattie
ALP
18.11.1952
65 years, 5 months, 7 days
25.06.1998 – 13.09.2007
9 years, 2 months, 19 days
5.
Anna Bligh
ALP
14.07.1960
57 years, 9 months, 11 days
13.09.2007 – 26.03.2012
4 years, 6 months, 13 days
6.
Campbell Newman
LNP
12.08.1963
54 years, 8 months, 13 days
26.03.2012 – 14.02.2015
2 years, 10 months, 19 days

 

Living Former Premiers of WESTERN AUSTRALIA
No. Name Party Born Current Age Premier Period in Office
1.
Brian Burke
ALP
25.02.1947
71 years 2 months,
25.02.1983 – 25.02.1988
5 years
2.
Peter Dowding
ALP
06.10.1943
74 years, 6 months, 19 days
25.02.1988 – 12.02.1990
1 year, 11 months, 18 days
3.
Dr. Carmen Lawrence
ALP
02.03.1948
70 years, 1 month, 23 days
12.02.1990 – 16.02.1993
3 years, 4 days
4.
Richard Court
Liberal
27-09-1947
70 years, 6 months, 29 days
16.02.1993 – 10.02.2001
7 years, 11 months, 25 days
5.
Dr. Geoff Gallop
ALP
27.09.1951
66 years, 6 months, 29 days
10.02.2001 – 25.01.2006
4 years, 11 months, 15 days
6.
Alan Carpenter
ALP
04.01.1957
61 years, 3 months, 21 days
25.01.2006 – 23.09.2008
2 years, 6 months, 29 days
7.
Colin Barnett
Liberal
15.07.1950
67 years, 9 months, 10 days
23.09.2008 – 17.03.2017
8 years, 5 months, 22 days

 

Living Former Premiers of SOUTH AUSTRALIA
No. Name Party Born Current Age Premier Period in Office
1.
Steele Hall
Liberal
28.11.1928
89 years, 4 months, 28 days
17.04.1968 – 02.06.1970
2 years, 1 month, 16 days
2.
Lynn Arnold
ALP
27.01.1949
69 years, 2 months, 29 days
04.09.1992 – 14.12.1993
1 year, 3 months, 10 days
3.
Dean Brown
Liberal
05.04.1943
75 years 20 days
14.12.1993 – 28.11.1996
2 years, 11 months, 14 days
4.
John Olsen
Liberal
07.06.1945
72 years, 10 months, 18 days
28.11.1996 – 22.10.2001
4 years, 10 months, 24 days
5.
Rob Kerin
Liberal
04.01.1954
64 years, 3 months, 21 days
22.10.2001 – 05.03.2002
4 months, 11 days
6.
Mike Rann
ALP
05.01.1953
65 years, 3 months, 20 days
05.03.2002 – 21.10.2011
9 years, 7 months, 16 days
7.
Jay Weatherill
ALP
03.04.1964
54 years 22 days
21.10.2011 – 19.03.2018
6 years, 4 months, 26 days

 

Living Former Premiers of TASMANIA
No. Name Party Born Current Age Premier Period in Office
1.
Doug Lowe
ALP
15.05.1942
75 years, 11 months, 10 days
01.12.1977 – 11.11.1981
3 years, 11 months, 10 days
2.
Robin Gray
Liberal
01.03.1940
78 years, 1 month, 24 days
26.05.1982 – 29.06.1989
7 years, 1 month, 3 days
3.
Michael Field
ALP
28.05.1948
69 years, 10 months, 28 days
29.06.1989 – 17.02.1992
2 years, 7 months, 19 days
4.
Ray Groom
Liberal
03.09.1944
73 years, 7 months, 22 days
17.02.1992 – 18.03.1996
4 years, 1 month, 1 day
5.
Tony Rundle
Liberal
05.03.1939
79 years, 1 month, 20 days
18.03.1996 – 14.09.1998
2 years, 5 months, 27 days
6.
Paul Lennon
ALP
08.10.1955
62 years, 6 months, 17 days
21.03.2004 – 26.05.2008
4 years, 2 months, 5 days
7.
David Bartlett
ALP
19.01.1968
50 years, 3 months, 6 days
26.05.2008 – 23.01.2011
2 years, 7 months, 28 days
8.
Lara Giddings
ALP
14.11.1972
45 years, 5 months, 11 days
24.01.2011 – 31.03.2014
3 years, 2 months, 7 days

 

Living Former Chief Ministers of the AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY
No. Name Party Born Current Age Chief Minister Period in Office
1.
Rosemary Follett
ALP
27.03.1948
70 years 29 days
11.05.1989 – 05.12.1989
06.06.1991 – 02.03.1995
6 months, 24 days
3 years, 8 months, 24 days
2.
Kate Carnell
Liberal
30.05.1955
62 years, 10 months, 26 days
02.03.1995 – 18.10.2000
5 years, 7 months, 16 days
3.
Gary Humphries
Liberal
06.07.1958
59 years, 9 months, 19 days
18.10.2000 – 05.11.2001
1 year, 18 days
4.
Jon Stanhope
ALP
29.04.1951
66 years, 11 months, 27 days
05.11.2001 – 12.05.2011
9 years, 6 months, 7 days
5.
Katy Gallagher
ALP
18.03.1970
48 years, 1 month, 7 days
16.05.2011 – 11.12.2014
3 years, 6 months, 25 days

 

Living Former Chief Ministers of the NORTHERN TERRITORY
No. Name Party Born Current Age Chief Minister Period in Office
1.
Goff Letts
CLP
18.01.1928
90 years, 3 months, 7 days
19.10.1974 – 12.08.1977
(Majority Leader)
2 years, 8 months, 24 days
2.
Paul Everingham
CLP
04.02.1943
75 years, 2 months, 21 days
13.08.1977 – 30.06.1978
(Majority Leader)
01.07.1978 – 15.10.1984
(Chief Minister)
10 months, 17 days
6 years, 3 months, 14 days
3.
Ian Tuxworth
CLP
18.06.1942
75 years, 10 months, 7 days
16.10.1984 – 13.05.1986
1 year, 6 months, 27 days
4.
Stephen Hatton
CLP
28.01.1948
70 years, 2 months, 28 days
14.05.1986 – 12.07.1988
2 years, 1 month, 28 days
5.
Marshall Perron
CLP
05.02.1942
76 years, 2 months, 20 days
13.07.1988 – 24.05.1995
6 years, 10 months, 11 days
6.
Shane Stone
CLP
25.09.1950
67 years 7 months,
25.05.1995 – 07.02.1999
3 years, 8 months, 13 days
7.
Denis Burke
CLP
22.09.1948
69 years, 7 months, 3 days
08.02.1999 – 17.08.2001
2 years, 6 months, 9 days
8.
Clare Martin
ALP
15.06.1952
65 years, 10 months, 10 days
18.08.2001 – 26.11.2007
6 years, 3 months, 8 days
9.
Paul Henderson
ALP
15.08.1962
55 years, 8 months, 10 days
26.11.2007 – 28.08.2012
4 years, 9 months, 2 days
10.
Terry Mills
CLP
22.12.1957
60 years, 4 months, 3 days
29.08.2012 – 13.03.2013
6 months, 13 days
11.
Adam Giles
CLP
10.04.1973
45 years 15 days
14.03.2013 – 30.08.2016
3 years, 5 months, 16 days


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