Treasurer of Victoria

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Treasurer of Victoria
Incumbent
Michael O'Brien
Style The Honourable
Appointer Governor of Victoria
Term length At the Governor's pleasure
First holder Alastair Mackenzie

The Treasurer of Victoria is the title held by the Cabinet Minister who is responsible for the financial management of the budget sector in the Australian state of Victoria. This primarily includes:[1]

  • preparation and delivery of the annual State Budget;
  • revenue collection for Victoria, including stamp duty, payroll tax, financial institutions duty and land tax;
  • borrowing, investment and financial arrangements to hedge, protect or manage the State’s financial interests;
  • promoting economic growth across Victoria; and
  • providing investment and fund management services to the State and its statutory authorities.


List of Treasurers prior to 1935 (known as "Colonial Treasurer" prior to responsible government in November 1855).[2]

Treasurer Party Term
Alastair Mackenzie none 15 Jul 1851 – 26 Sep 1852 [3][2]
Frederick Powlett none 30 Sep 1852 –     c.1853 [2]
William Lonsdale none     Jul 1853   –     Aug 1854 [4]
Charles Sladen none 28 Nov 1855 – 11 Mar 1857 [a][2]
John Foster none 11 Mar 1857 – 29 Apr 1857 [2]
Charles Ebden none 29 Apr 1857 – 10 Mar 1858 [2]
George Harker none 10 Mar 1858 – 27 Oct 1859 [2]
James McCulloch none 27 Oct 1859 – 26 Nov 1860 [2]
George Verdon none 26 Nov 1860 – 14 Nov 1861 [2]
William Haines none 14 Nov 1861 – 27 Jun 1863 [2]
George Verdon none 27 Jun 1863 – 5 May 1868 [2]
Edward Langton none  6 May 1868 – 11 Jul 1868 [2]
James McCulloch none 11 Jul 186820 Sep 1869 [2]
Robert Byrne none 20 Sep 1869 – 21 Jan 1870 [2]
Graham Berry none 21 Jan 1870 –   9 Apr 1870 [2]
James Francis none  9 Apr 1870 – 19 Jun 1871 [2]
Graham Berry none 19 Jun 1871 – 21 May 1872 [2]
Edward Langton none 10 Jun 1872 – 31 Jul 1874 [2]
James Service none 31 Jul 1874 – 7 Aug 1875 [2]
Graham Berry none 7 Aug 1875 – 20 Oct 1875 [2]
James McCulloch none 20 Oct 187521 May 1877 [5]
Graham Berry none 21 May 1877 – 27 Dec 1878 [2]
William Collard Smith none 27 Dec 1878 – 3 Nov 1879 [2]
Graham Berry none 3 Nov 1879 – 5 Mar 1880 [2]
James Service none 5 Mar 1880 – 3 Aug 1880 [2]
Graham Berry none 3 Aug 1880 – 9 Jul 1881 [2]
Bryan O'Loghlen none 9 Jul 1881 – 8 Mar 1883 [2]
James Service none 8 Mar 1883 – 18 Feb 1886 [2]
Duncan Gillies none 18 Feb 1886 – 5 Nov 1890 [2]
James Munro none 5 Nov 1890 – 16 Feb 1892 [2]
William Shiels Liberal 16 Feb 1892 – 28 Apr 1892 [2][6]
Graham Berry none 28 Apr 1892 – 23 Jan 1893 [2]
Godfrey Carter none 23 Jan 1893 – 27 Sep 1894 [2]
George Turner Liberal 27 Sep 1894 – 5 Dec 1899 [7]
William Shiels Liberal 5 Dec 1899 – 19 Nov 1900 [2][8]
George Turner Liberal 19 Nov 1900 – 12 Feb 1901 [7]
Alexander Peacock Liberal / Nationalist 12 Feb 1901 – 10 Jun 1902 [9]
William Shiels Liberal 10 Jun 1902 – 21 Jul 1903 [2][10]
William Irvine Reform 7 Sep 1903 – 16 Feb 1904 [2]
Thomas Bent Reform 16 Feb 1904 – 8 Jan 1909 [2][11]
William Watt Liberal 8 Jan 1909 – 9 Dec 1913 [12]
George Elmslie Labor 9 Dec 1913 – 22 Dec 1913 [13]
William Watt Liberal 22 Dec 1913 – 18 Jun 1914 [12]
Alexander Peacock Liberal / Nationalist 18 Jun 1914 – 29 Nov 1917 [9]
William McPherson Liberal / Nationalist 29 Nov 1917 – 21 Nov 1923 [14][15]
Harry Lawson National-Country 27 Feb 1924 – 28 Apr 1924 [16][17]
Alexander Peacock Liberal / Nationalist 28 Apr 1924 – 18 Jul 1924 [9]
George Prendergast Labor 18 Jul 1924 – 18 Nov 1924[18]
Alexander Peacock Liberal / Nationalist 18 Nov 1924 – 20 May 1927 [9]
Edmond Hogan Labor 20 May 1927 – 22 Nov 1928[19]
William McPherson Liberal / Nationalist 22 Nov 1928 – 12 Dec 1929 [14]
Edmond Hogan Labor 12 Dec 1929 – 19 May 1932 [19]
Stanley Argyle Nationalist-UAP 19 May 1932 –   2 Apr 1935 [20]
[a] Sladen was acting treasurer from December 1854[21]

List of Victorian Treasurers (since 1935)[edit]

Prior to 1979, the roles of Premier and Treasurer were usually held by the same person.

Treasurer Party Term
Albert Dunstan Country 1935–1943
John Cain, Sr. Labor 1943
Albert Dunstan Country 1943–1945
Ian MacFarlan Liberal 1945
John Cain, Sr. Labor 1945–1947
Thomas Hollway Liberal 1947–1950
John McDonald Country 1950–1952
Thomas Hollway Liberal 1952
John McDonald Country 1952
John Cain, Sr. Labor 1952–1955
Sir Henry Bolte Liberal 1955–1972
Sir Rupert Hamer Liberal 1972–1979
Lindsay Thompson Liberal 1979–1982
Rob Jolly Labor 1982–1990
Tom Roper Labor 1990–1992
Tony Sheehan Labor 1992
Alan Stockdale Liberal 1992–1999
Denis Napthine Liberal 1999
Steve Bracks Labor 1999–2000
John Brumby Labor 2000–2007
John Lenders Labor 2007–2010
Kim Wells Liberal 2010–2013
Michael O'Brien Liberal 2013–present

References[edit]

  1. ^ Department of Treasury and Finance: Treasurer
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj "Statistical Register of the State of Victoria". 1908. 
  3. ^ "Died". The Argus (Melbourne). 27 September 1852. p. 4. 
  4. ^ "Lonsdale, William". re-member: a database of all Victorian MPs since 1851. Parliament of Victoria. 
  5. ^ "McCulloch, Sir James". re-member: a database of all Victorian MPs since 1851. Parliament of Victoria. 
  6. ^ "Shiels, William". re-member: a database of all Victorian MPs since 1851. Parliament of Victoria. 
  7. ^ a b "Turner, Sir George". re-member: a database of all Victorian MPs since 1851. Parliament of Victoria. 
  8. ^ "Shiels, William". re-member: a database of all Victorian MPs since 1851. Parliament of Victoria. 
  9. ^ a b c d "Peacock, Sir Alexander James". re-member: a database of all Victorian MPs since 1851. Parliament of Victoria. 
  10. ^ "Shiels, William". re-member: a database of all Victorian MPs since 1851. Parliament of Victoria. 
  11. ^ "Bent, Sir Thomas". re-member: a database of all Victorian MPs since 1851. Parliament of Victoria. 
  12. ^ a b "Watt, William Alexander". re-member: a database of all Victorian MPs since 1851. Parliament of Victoria. 
  13. ^ "Elmslie, George Alexander". re-member: a database of all Victorian MPs since 1851. Parliament of Victoria. 
  14. ^ a b "McPherson, Sir William Murray". re-member: a database of all Victorian MPs since 1851. Parliament of Victoria. 
  15. ^ "Treasurer's Resignation". The Argus (Melbourne). 22 November 1923. 
  16. ^ "Lawson, Sir Harry Sutherland Wightman". re-member: a database of all Victorian MPs since 1851. Parliament of Victoria. 
  17. ^ "State Cabinet Vacancy". The Argus (Melbourne). 23 November 1923.  Lawson was acting Treasurer from 23 November 1923
  18. ^ "Prendergast, George Michael". re-member: a database of all Victorian MPs since 1851. Parliament of Victoria. 
  19. ^ a b "Hogan, Edmond John". re-member: a database of all Victorian MPs since 1851. Parliament of Victoria. 
  20. ^ "Argyle, Sir Stanley Seymour". re-member: a database of all Victorian MPs since 1851. Parliament of Victoria. 
  21. ^ "Sladen, Sir Charles". re-member: a database of all Victorian MPs since 1851. Parliament of Victoria.