The party which forms Government may elect, or the Premier can appoint, a number of its members to be Ministers. Ministers are then allocated responsibility for specific areas of government administration, known as portfolios. Ministers oversee the administration of their departments and are accountable to Parliament for their departments' actions. In Victoria, all Ministers are also members of Cabinet.
View current list of Ministers.
You can also search the Ministers Database which contains details of all Ministers from 8 April 1982 to the present.
A Shadow Minister is a member of the opposition who has responsibility for a particular policy area and who closely follows or ‘shadows’ the activities of the relevant government Minister. Shadow Ministers make up the ‘Shadow Cabinet’ and ensure that every part of government is closely monitored and can be questioned thoroughly. This prepares the opposition to take on the role of government if it wins the next general election.
View current list of Shadow Ministers.
You can also search the Ministers Database which contains details of Victorian Shadow Ministers from 31 July 1990 to the present.
Other non-Government parties also have spokespersons who are responsible for particular portfolio areas.
View current Australian Greens Spokespersons.
Last Updated on Friday, 03 December 2010