Samantha Ratnam

Photography by Julian Meehan

I am the MLC for Northern Metropolitan and the leader of the Victorian Greens. 

In 2017, I entered the Victorian Parliament representing the Northern Metropolitan Region in the Legislative Council. In the 2018 state election, I was re-elected to this position. 

As well as being the Parliamentary Leader of the Victorian Greens, I hold the portfolios of:

  • Housing and Planning
  • Community Services (including family violence, disability, child protection, aging and carers)
  • Women
  • Gambling
  • Consumer Affairs
  • Multiculturalism
  • Local Government
  • Aboriginal Affairs
  • Industrial Relations
  • Animals. 

In my first year as an MP, I was a champion for social justice and the environment within the parliament. I actively campaigned to save public housing, reduce gambling harm and support communities to have more control over planning decisions in their neighbourhoods.

Prior to entering the Victorian Parliament, I was a social worker for over 15 years in the fields of drug and alcohol rehabilitation, international development, family services and in settlement services for newly arrived migrants from refugee backgrounds.

Alongside my social work career, I also spent five years as a Councillor at the City of Moreland, where I was elected the first Greens Mayor of Moreland in 2015. On council, I worked with my fellow Councillors to secure the largest funding commitment to environmental action in order to reduce Moreland’s community carbon emissions to zero. I was also integral in increasing the council’s cycling infrastructure budget by 75% in the first year, fought to protect residents’ appeal rights in planning matters and voted against more poker machines in the city.

I hold a Bachelor of Arts, a Bachelor of Social Work with Honours and a PhD in Youth Sociology.

I believe in putting people first and I'm proud to be part of a party that has never taken money from corporations trying to buy influence - governments should always act in the public good, not in the interests of their corporate mates. 

I want our state to be all it can be by investing in world-class public transport, powering Victoria with 100% clean renewable energy, providing homes for everyone, protecting our forests from logging companies and returning essential services like electricity to public hands. 

Together, my team and I will represent your needs in parliament and build a future for all of us - not just the wealthy few. 


Office of Samantha Ratnam

Suite G01, 60 Leicester Street, Carlton, VIC 3053

(03) 9348 2622


Housing and Planning
Community Services
Consumer Affairs
Local Government
Aboriginal Affairs 
Industrial Relations

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Recycling system needs structural change to resolve crisis

13 August, 2019 - The Greens welcome any steps taken to resolve Victoria’s waste and recycling crisis but caution the Government against using the same failed f...

Plastic bag ban welcome

19 June, 2019 - The Victorian Greens are delighted the plastic bag ban will come into effect in November, but say we need to follow the rest of the world in ban...

Budget lacks leadership on climate, slashes public services

27 May, 2019 - “Dan Andrews has missed the moment to act on climate & environment,” said Leader of the Victorian Greens Samantha Ratnam. “With ten years ...

Victoria can take steps now to address recycling crisis

23 May, 2019 - The Victorian Greens are calling for immediate action on the deepening recycling crisis in Victoria. There are clear policies that can be imp...

Labor left without a plan to address public housing crisis

4 March, 2019 - Victorian Greens leader Samantha Ratnam has condemned Labor’s plan to sell off public housing land for private development. Victoria is facing a...

Tribunal cladding decision shows Greens solution the right way forward

1 March, 2019 - The Greens have welcomed reports today that apartment owners have been successful in recouping damages following the Lacrosse building fire, and...

An immediate fix for unsafe cladding

5 February, 2019 - Victorian Greens leader Samantha Ratnam is calling for the urgent replacement of flammable cladding on buildings that have been identifi...

Labor’s failure on public housing

22 January, 2019 - The Productivity Commission figures on housing released today should be a wake-up call for the Andrews government.   The Victorian Gr...

Victorian 2019 Duck Shooting Season Must be Cancelled

15 January, 2019 - The Victorian Greens are urging the Andrews Government to cancel the 2019 duck shooting season after the Game Management Authority acknowledg...