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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Victorian Greens announce leadership positions and new portfolios

18 December, 2018 - The Victorian Greens have announced an all female leadership team, with Samantha Ratnam continuing as the AGV Parliamentary Leader. She will...

Lessons and learnings from the Victorian state election

14 December, 2018 - With some devastating losses around the state, the Victorian election didn’t play out quite as hoped. But from the disappointments come some...

Restoring equity to Victoria’s planning system

30 August, 2018 - Media Release 30/08/2018 The Victorian Greens have pledged to transform the urban planning system as part of their 2018 election campaign. ...

Greens shared values with state’s farmers

20 July, 2018 - Victorian Greens leader Samantha Ratnam will call on the Andrews Government and Liberal National coalition to commit to making the moratorium on...

Transurban taking us for a ride

10 July, 2018 - The Greens are calling for an end to the secrecy over how much money Transurban is making from Victorians. Reports today cast doubts on wheth...

Development Double Standards

6 July, 2018 - The Victorian Greens have criticised the state opposition for moving to protect blue ribbon suburbs while opening up land for “fast-tracked” deve...

Greens warn of militarisation of Victoria’s police force

29 March, 2018 - My adjournment this evening is for the Minister for Police.  I refer to the media event last week staged by Victoria Police revealing their ne...

Greens call for more gambing ad restrictions

8 March, 2018 - I rise to speak on the Gambling Legislation Amendment Bill 2017. The Greens support the intent of this bill, but like the Labor government’s oth...

Stop the sell off of Markham Estate

6 March, 2018 - Victorian Greens spokesperson for housing, Samantha Ratnam, has written to the Minister for Housing, Martin Foley, requesting a meeting to discu...