List of Australian heads of government by time in office

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Current premiers[edit]

Rank: State: Premier: Portrait: Party: District: Assumed
office:
Predecessor: TERM
Time in office:
TOTAL
Time in office (as of 25 December 2014):
Election
wins:
  1. Western Australia
WA
Colin Barnett
(1950– )
Colin Barnett (formal) crop.jpg Liberal MP for Cottesloe
(1990– )
23 September 2008 Alan Carpenter
(1957– )
Labor
Arrow east.svg 6 years, 93 days 2008 2013
  2. South Australia
SA
Jay Weatherill
(1964– )
Jay Weatherill.jpg Labor MP for Cheltenham
(2002– )
21 October 2011 Mike Rann
(1953– )
Labor
Arrow east.svg 3 years, 65 days 2014
  3. Queensland
QLD
Campbell Newman
(1963– )
Campbell Newman being interviewed (cropped).jpg Liberal
National
MP for Ashgrove
(2012– )
26 March 2012 Anna Bligh
(1960– )
Labor
Arrow east.svg 2 years, 274 days 2012
  4. Tasmania
TAS
Will Hodgman
(1972– )
Will Hodgman apples cropped.jpg Liberal MP for Franklin
(2002– )
31 March 2014 Lara Giddings
(1968– )
Labor
Arrow east.svg 0 years, 269 days 2014
  5. New South Wales
NSW
Mike Baird
(1968– )
Mike Baird.jpg Liberal MP for Manly
(2007– )
17 April 2014 Barry O'Farrell
(1968– )
Liberal
Arrow east.svg 0 years, 252 days N/A
  6. Victoria (Australia)
VIC
Daniel Andrews
(1972– )
Daniel Andrews at Kew Festival (cropped).jpg Labor MP for Mulgrave
(2002– )
4 December 2014 Denis Napthine
(1952– )
Liberal
Arrow east.svg 0 years, 21 days 2014

Historical premiers[edit]

Parties

      Australian Labor Party       Liberal Party of Australia / Liberal and Country League / Liberal Federation       Non-Party Conservatism       Non-Party Liberalism

Rank: State: Premier: Portrait: Party: District: Assumed
office:
Left
office:
TERM
Time in office:
TOTAL
Time in office:
Election
wins:
  1. South Australia
SA
Sir
Thomas Playford

(1896–1981)
GCMG
Playford portrait 38.jpg Liberal & Country League MP for Gumeracha
(1938–1968)
5 November 1938 10 March 1965 Arrow east.svg 26 years, 125 days 1941 1944 1947
1950 1953 1956
1959 1962
  2. Queensland
QLD
Sir
Joh Bjelke-Petersen

(1911–2005)
KCMG
JBPetersen.jpg National
(Country)
MP for Barambah
(1950–1987)
8 August 1968 1 December 1987 Arrow east.svg 19 years, 115 days 1969 1972 1974
1977 1980 1983
1986
  3. Tasmania
TAS
Sir
Robert Cosgrove

(1884–1969)
KCMG
Cosgrove Sir Robert HA 355.jpg Labor MP for Denison
(1934–1955)
18 December 1939 18 December 1947 8 years, 0 days 18 years, 182 days 1941 1946 1948
1950 1955 1956
25 February 1948 26 August 1958 10 years, 182 days
  4. Victoria (Australia)
VIC
Sir
Henry Bolte

(1908–1990)
GCMG
Henry Bolte.jpg Liberal & Country League MP for Hampden
(1947–1972)
7 June 1955 23 August 1972 Arrow east.svg 17 years, 47 days 1955 1958 1961
1964 1967 1970
  5. Tasmania
TAS
Eric Reece
(1909–1999)
AC
Eric Reece.jpg Labor MP for Braddon
(1944–1975)
26 August 1958 26 May 1969 10 years, 273 days 13 years, 240 days 1959 1964 1972
3 May 1972 31 March 1975 2 years, 332 days
  6. Western Australia
WA
Sir
David Brand

(1908–1990)
KCMG
Liberal MP for Greenough
(1945–1975)
2 April 1959 3 March 1971 Arrow east.svg 11 years, 335 days 1959 1962 1965
1968
  7. New South Wales
NSW
Sir
Henry Parkes

(1815–1896)
GCMG
Henryparkes.jpg Liberalism 14 May 1872 8 February 1875 2 years, 270 days 11 years, 278 days.
22 March 1877 16 August 1877 0 years, 147 days
21 December 1878 4 January 1883 4 years, 14 days
  Free Trade 25 January 1887 16 January 1889 1 year, 357 days
8 March 1889 23 October 1891 2 years, 229 days
  8. Victoria (Australia)
VIC
Sir
Albert Dunstan

(1882–1950)
KCMG
AlbertDunstan.jpg Country 2 April 1935 14 September 1943 8 years, 165 days 10 years, 179 days
18 September 1943 2 October 1945 2 years, 14 days
  9. Queensland
QLD
Sir
Francis Nicklin

(1895–1978)
KCMG, MM
Frank Nicklin.jpg Country 12 August 1957 17 January 1968 Arrow east.svg 10 years, 158 days
  10. New South Wales
NSW
Bob Carr
(1947– )
Bob Carr in 2009.jpg Labor MP for Maroubra
(1983–2005)
4 April 1995 3 August 2005 Arrow east.svg 10 years, 121 days 1995 1999 2003
  11. Queensland
QLD
William
Forgan Smith

(1897–1953)
William Forgan Smith.jpg Labor MP for Mackay
(1915–1942)
17 June 1932 16 September 1942 Arrow east.svg 10 years, 91 days
  12. New South Wales
NSW
Neville Wran
(1926– )
AC, CNZM, QC
Labor MP for Bass Hill
(1973–1986)
14 May 1976 4 July 1986 Arrow east.svg 10 years, 51 days 1976 1978 1981
1984
  13. Western Australia
WA
Sir
John Forrest

(1847–1918)
GCMG
John Forrest 1898.jpg No Party Alignment MP for Bunbury
(1890–1901)
29 December 1890 15 February 1901 Arrow east.svg 10 years, 48 days
  14. South Australia
SA
John Bannon
(1943– )
AO
John Bannon.jpg Labor MP for Ross Smith
(1977–1993)
10 November 1982 4 September 1992 Arrow east.svg 9 years, 299 days 1982 1985 1989
  15. New South Wales
NSW
Sir
Robert Askin

(1907–1981)
GCMG
Liberal MP for Collaroy
(1950–1973)
Pittwater
(1973–1975)
13 May 1965 3 January 1975 Arrow east.svg 9 years, 235 days 1965 1968 1971
1973
  16. South Australia
SA
Mike Rann
(1953– )
CNZM RP
Mike Rann (smiling).jpg Labor MP for Ramsay
(1993–2012)
5 March 2002 21 October 2011 Arrow east.svg 9 years, 230 days 2002 2006 2010
  17. South Australia
SA
Don Dunstan
(1926–1999)
AC, QC
Labor MP for Norwood
(1953–1979)
1 June 1967 17 April 1968 0 years, 321 days 9 years, 214 days 1970 1973 1975
1977
2 June 1970 15 February 1979 8 years, 258 days
  18. Western Australia
WA
Philip Collier
(1873–1948)
Philip Collier.jpg Labor MP for Boulder
(1905–1948)
17 April 1924 23 April 1930 6 years, 6 days 9 Years, 123 days
24 April 1933 19 August 1936 3 years, 117 days
  19. Victoria (Australia)
VIC
Sir
James McCulloch

(1819–1893)
KCMG
Jamesmcculloch.jpg No Party Alignment 27 June 1863 6 May 1868 4 years, 314 days 9 years, 118 days
11 July 1868 20 September 1869 1 year, 40 days
9 April 1870 19 June 1871 1 year, 71 days
20 October 1875 21 May 1877 1 year, 213 days
  20. Queensland
QLD
Peter Beattie
(1952– )
AC
Peter Beattie orig.jpg Labor MP for Brisbane Central
(1989–2007)
20 June 1998 13 September 2007 Arrow east.svg 9 years, 85 days 1998 2001 2004
2006
  21. Western Australia
WA
John Willcock
(1879–1956)
John Willcock.jpg Labor MP for Geraldton
(1917–1947)
20 August 1936 31 July 1945 Arrow east.svg 8 years, 345 days
  22. Victoria (Australia)
VIC
Sir
Rupert Hamer

(1916–2004)
KCMG AC ED
Liberal 23 August 1972 5 June 1981 Arrow east.svg 8 years, 286 days
  23. South Australia
SA
Sir
Richard Butler

(1885–1966)
KCMG
Richard Layton Butler.jpg Liberal & Country League MP for Wooroora
(1921–1938)
8 April 1927 17 April 1930 3 years, 9 days 8 years, 210 days 1927 1933 1938
18 April 1933 5 November 1938 5 years, 201 days
  24. Victoria (Australia)
VIC
John Cain II
(1931– )
Labor MP for Bundoora
(1976–1992)
8 April 1982 10 August 1990 Arrow east.svg 8 years, 124 days
  25. Western Australia
WA
Richard Court
(1947– )
AC
Liberal MP for Nedlands
(1982–2001)
16 February 1993 10 February 2001 Arrow east.svg 7 years, 360 days
  26. Western Australia
WA
Sir
James Mitchell

(1866–1951)
GCMG
Sir James Mitchell.jpg Nationalist Party
of Australia
MP for Northam
(1905–1933)
17 May 1919 16 April 1924 4 years, 335 days 7 years, 335 days
24 April 1930 24 April 1933 3 years, 0 days
  27. Western Australia
WA
Sir
Charles Court

(1911–2007)
AK KCMG OBE
Charles Court 1953.jpg Liberal MP for Nedlands
(1953–1982)
8 April 1974 25 January 1982 Arrow east.svg 7 years, 292 days
  28. Victoria (Australia)
VIC
Steve Bracks
(1954– )
AC
Steve bracks.jpg Labor MP for Williamstown
(1994–2007)
20 October 1999 30 July 2007 Arrow east.svg 7 years, 283 days 1999 2002 2006
  29. New South Wales
NSW
Joseph Cahill
(1891-1959)
JJ Cahill.JPG Labor MP for Cook's River
(1941–1959)
2 April 1952 22 October 1959 Arrow east.svg 7 years, 204 days
  30. New South Wales
NSW
Sir
Bertram Stevens

(1889–1973)
KCMG
Sir Bertram Stevens.jpg United Australia
Party
MP for Croydon
(1927–1940)
16 May 1932 4 August 1939 Arrow east.svg 7 years, 80 days
  31. Queensland
QLD
Sir
Samuel Griffith

(1845–1920)
GCMG QC
SGriff1.jpg Liberalism 13 November 1883 13 June 1888 4 years, 213 days 7 years, 75 days
  Ministerial 12 August 1890 27 March 1893 2 years, 227 days
  32. Tasmania
TAS
Robin Gray
(1940– )
Liberal MP for Wilmot
(1976–1984)
Lyons
(1984–1995)
26 May 1982 29 June 1989 Arrow east.svg 7 years, 34 days
  33. Victoria (Australia)
VIC
Jeff Kennett
(1948– )
AC
J.kennett.jpg Liberal MP for Burwood
(1976–1999)
6 October 1992 20 October 1999 Arrow east.svg 7 years, 14 days
  34. New South Wales
NSW
Sir
Charles Cowper

(1807-1875)
KCMG
Charlescowper.jpg Liberalism MP for Sydney
(1851–1859)
26 August 1856 2 October 1856 37 days 6 years, 352 days
7 September 1857 26 October 1859 2 years, 49 days
MP for East Sydney
(1861–1870)
10 January 1861 15 October 1863 2 years, 278 days
3 February 1865 21 January 1866 352 days
13 January 1870 15 December 1870 336 days
  35. South Australia
SA
Archibald Peake
(1859–1920)
Archibald Peake.jpg Liberal & Democratic Union MP for Victoria & Albert
(1902–1915)
5 June 1909 3 June 1910 0 years, 363 days 6 years, 312 days 1912 1918
Liberal Union 17 February 1912 3 April 1915 3 years, 45 days
MP for Alexandra
(1915–1920)
14 July 1917 8 April 1920 2 years, 269 days
  36. New South Wales
NSW
William Holman
(1871–1934)
William Holman 1919.jpg Labor MP for Cootamundra
(1904–1920)
30 June 1913 15 November 1916 3 years, 138 days 6 years, 287 days
  Nationalist Party
of Australia
15 November 1916 12 April 1920 3 years, 149 days
  37. Tasmania
TAS
Sir
Walter Lee

(1874–1963)
KCMG
Sir Walter Lee.jpg Commonwealth Liberal
Party
MP for Wilmot
(1909–1934)
15 April 1916 12 August 1922 6 years, 119 days 6 years, 191 days
  Nationalist Party
of Australia
14 August 1923 25 October 1923 0 years, 72 days
  38. Tasmania
TAS
Sir
Elliott Lewis

(1858–1935)
KCMG
Neil Elliott Lewis.jpg Conservatism MP for Richmond
(1886–1903)
2 October 1899 9 April 1903 3 years, 179 days 6 years, 188 days
  Commonwealth Liberal
Party
MP for Denison
(1909–1919)
19 June 1909 20 October 1909 0 years, 123 days
27 October 1909 14 June 1912 2 years, 231 days
 ; 39. South Australia
SA
Charles Kingston
(1850–1908)
Charles Kingston.jpg Liberalism MP for West Adelaide
(1881–1900)
16 June 1893 1 December 1899 Arrow east.svg 6 years, 168 days 1893 1896 1899
  40. Queensland
QLD
Wayne Goss
(1951– )
Labor MP for Logan
(1986–1998)
7 December 1989 19 February 1996 Arrow east.svg 6 years, 74 days
  41. Western Australia
WA
Colin Barnett
(1950– )
Colin Barnett (formal) crop.jpg Liberal MP for Cottesloe
(1990– )
23 September 2008 Incumbent Arrow east.svg 6 years, 93 days 2008 2013
  42. Queensland
QLD
Sir
Robert Herbert

(1831–1905)
GCB
Robert Herbert.jpg No Party Alignment 10 December 1859 1 February 1866 6 years, 53 days 6 years, 71 days
20 July 1866 7 August 1866 0 years, 18 days
  43. Tasmania
TAS
Sir
Philip Fysh

(1835–1919)
KCMG
Philip fysh.jpg No Party Alignment 9 August 1877 5 March 1878 0 years, 208 days 5 years, 349 days
 ; Liberalism 29 March 1887 17 August 1892 5 years, 141 days
  44. Western Australia
WA
Sir
Duncan McLarty

(1891–1962)
KBE MM
Ross McLarty.jpg Liberal MP for Murray-Wellington
(1930–1962)
1 April 1947 23 February 1953 Arrow east.svg 5 years, 328 days
  45. Queensland
QLD
Edward Hanlon
(1887–1952)
Ned Hanlon.jpg Labor MP for Ithaca
(1926–1952)
7 March 1946 17 January 1952 Arrow east.svg 5 years, 316 days
  46. Queensland
QLD
Sir
Thomas McIlwraith

(1835–1900)
KCMG
Thomas McIlwraith.jpg Conservatism MP for Maranoa
(1868–1886)
22 January 1879 13 November 1883 4 years, 295 days 5 years, 314 days
13 June 1888 30 November 1888 0 years, 170 days
  Ministerial 27 March 1893 27 October 1893 0 years, 214 days
  47. Tasmania
TAS
Sir
John McPhee

(1878–1952)
KCMG
Sir John McPhee.jpg Nationalist Party
of Australia
MP for Denison
(1919–1934)
15 June 1928 15 March 1934 Arrow east.svg 5 years, 273 days
  48. New South Wales
NSW
Sir
William McKell

(1891–1985)
GCMG
Williammckell.jpg Labor MP for Redfern
(1927–1947)
16 May 1941 6 February 1947 Arrow east.svg 5 years, 266 days
  49. Tasmania
TAS
William Giblin
(1840–1887)
WRGiblinsmall.jpg No Party Alignment MP for Wellington
(1877–1885)
5 March 1878 20 December 1878 0 years, 290 days 5 years, 215 days
30 October 1879 15 August 1884 4 years, 290 days
  50. Queensland
QLD
Vince Gair
(1901–1980)
Vincent Gair.jpg Labor MP for South Brisbane
(1932–1960)
17 January 1952 12 August 1957 Arrow east.svg 5 years, 207 days
  51. Tasmania
TAS
Jim Bacon
(1950–2004)
AC
Labor MP for Denison
(1996–2004)
14 September 1998 21 March 2004 Arrow east.svg 5 years, 189 days
  52. Tasmania
TAS
Sir
Edward Braddon

(1829–1904)
Edwardbraddon.jpg Free Trade MP for West Devon
(1879–1899)
14 April 1894 12 October 1899 Arrow east.svg 5 years, 181 days
  53. New South Wales
NSW
Sir
James Martin

(1820–1886)
KCB, QC
Justice James Martin.jpg No Party Alignment MP for Tumut
(1863–1864)
Monaro
(1864-1865)
Lachlan
(1865–1869)
East Macquarie
(1872–1873)
16 October 1863 2 February 1865 1 year, 109 days 5 years, 171 days
22 January 1866 26 October 1868 2 years, 247 days
16 December 1870 13 May 1872 1 year, 149 days
  54. Victoria (Australia)
VIC
Sir
George Turner

(1851–1916)
KCMG PC
Georgeturner.jpg Liberalism MP for St Kilda
(1889–1901)
27 September 1894 5 December 1899 5 years, 69 days 5 years, 154 days 1894 1897
19 November 1900 12 February 1901 0 years, 85 days
  55. Queensland
QLD
Ted Theodore
(1884–1950)
Ted Theodore.jpg Labor MP for Chillagoe
(1912–1925)
22 October 1919 26 February 1925 Arrow east.svg 5 years, 127 days
  56. New South Wales
NSW
James McGirr
(1890–1957)
James McGirr 1947.jpg Labor MP for Bankstown
(1927–1950)
Liverpool
(1950–1952)
6 February 1947 2 April 1952 Arrow east.svg 5 years, 56 days 1947 1950
  57. New South Wales
NSW
Sir
George Reid

(1845–1918)
GCB GCMG KC
George Reid cph.3c31684.jpg Free Trade 18 August 1904 5 July 1905 Arrow east.svg 5 years, 41 days

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