Samantha Ratnam | Australian Greens

Samantha Ratnam

Leader of the Victorian Greens, MLC for Northern Metropolitan

I’m a Brunswick local and I love working closely with my community.

As Mayor of Moreland in 2015, Samantha worked hard to improve the quality of urban development, increase funding for active transport like walking and cycling, implement environmental action to combat climate change and enhance community engagement and consultation. During this time she has held the portfolio areas of social development, social diversity, reconciliation and youth.

Samantha has been a social worker for over 15 years in the fields of drug and alcohol rehabilitation, international development, family services and most recently in settlement services for newly arrived migrants from refugee backgrounds. Along with her role on Council, Samantha has worked as the program manager of client services at the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre. She holds a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Social Work with Honours and a PhD in Youth Sociology.

During her time on the Moreland City Council, Samantha worked with Councillors to secure the largest funding commitment to environmental action in order to reduce Moreland’s community carbon emissions to zero, increase the budget for cycling infrastructure by 75% in the first year, fought to protect residents’ appeal rights in planning matters and voted against more poker machines in the city.


Latest News


Victorian Greens spokesperson for housing, Samantha Ratnam, has written to the Minister for Housing, Martin Foley, requesting a meeting to discuss the future of public and community housing in the state.

To date, the Andrews Government has failed to consult with the Greens on the housing renewal program - a program that is based on selling off public housing land to private developers.

The Victorian Greens will support the revocation of the planning scheme amendment for Markham Estate.

Quotes attributable to Samantha Ratnam.

Latest Speeches

Thu, 29/03/2018 - 5:00pm

My adjournment this evening is for the Minister for Police. 

I refer to the media event last week staged by Victoria Police revealing their new arsenal of weapons and I ask the Minister to release the guidelines on when and how these weapons will be deployed in Victoria.