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.