Victorian cabinet reshuffled following resignations last week

By Anna Macdonald

June 27, 2022

Jacinta Allen
New Victorian deputy premier Jacinta Allan. (AAP Image/Diego Fedele)

Following the resignation of four members of the frontbench on the same day, Victorian premier Dan Andrews announced over the weekend his new cabinet. The ministers are expected to be sworn on Monday. 

The ministerial changes are wide-ranging, with many ministers changing roles or taking on different responsibilities. 

As the premier previously stated, Jacinta Allen will become deputy premier of the state. Allen also takes on the responsibility of Commonwealth Games Delivery. 

Lizzie Blandthorn will be minister for planning, and will take on the role of leader of the house, now responsible to government business in the Legislative Assembly.

Colin Brooks is going to be minister for child protection and family services and minister for disability, ageing and carers.

Steve Dimopoulos will be minister for tourism, sport and major events and minister for creative industries.

The new minister for minister for corrections, minister for youth justice, minister for victim support and minister for fishing and boating will be Sonya Kilkenny.

Harriet Shing will be minister for water, minister for regional development and minister for equality.

There is no change for Lily D’Ambrosio, who remains the minister for energy, minister for environment and climate action and minister for solar homes.

Melissa Horne adds minister for local government and minister for suburban development in addition to consumer affairs, gaming and liquor regulation and ports and freight.

The new minister for women will be Natalie Hutchins, who also takes on the education portfolio.

Shaun Leane remains minister for veterans and will also be minister for Commonwealth Games legacy.

Danny Pearson becomes the minister for housing alongside his responsibilities as assistant treasurer, minister for government services and minister for regulatory reform. 

Jaala Pulford will be responsible for the Sick Pay Guarantee program, in addition to existing responsibilities for employment, innovation, medical research and the digital economy, resources and small business.

Ros Spence is adding prevention of family violence to her portfolios of multicultural affairs, community sport and youth.

Ingrid Stitt remains minister for workplace safety and will oversee what the government calls an expanded reform agenda in early learning as the minister for early childhood and pre-prep.

Mary-Anne Thomas will become minister for health and minister for ambulance services.

Gabrielle Williams will take responsibility for the government’s mental health agenda and continues in the renamed portfolio as the minister for Treaty and First Peoples.

Steve McGhie will serve as the cabinet secretary.

Nick Staikos will become parliamentary secretary to the Premier and Paul Edbrooke becomes parliamentary secretary to the treasurer.

There are several other new parliamentary secretaries: Enver Erdogan to the attorney general, Sheena Watt for housing, Nina Taylor for health, Christine Couzens for First Peoples, and Darren Cheeseman for the Commonwealth Games.

Katie Hall adds parliamentary secretary for creative industries to her responsibilities and Tim Richardson will also add parliamentary secretary for mental health and social inclusion to his duties.


Four Victorian frontbenchers resign, cabinet reshuffle imminent

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