Denis Napthine portrait


Denis Napthine, premier 2013-14
Title Premier Denis Napthine

Jude Rae

Date 2016
Medium Oil on canvas

Premier 6th March 2013 – 4 December 2014

Educated at The University of Melbourne BVSc, MVS) and Deakin University (MACVSc, MBA), Dr Napthine was the 47th Premier of Victoria. He was a Member of Parliament for 27 years firstly serving as the Member for Portland from October 1988 to November 2002 and from November 2002 as the Member for South West Coast. He retired from politics in September 2015.

Napthine held a variety of positions whilst in Opposition including; Shadow Minister for Regional Cities, Racing, Ports, Regional & Rural development and Leader of the Opposition. During his term as Premier he also served as Minister for Racing and Minister for Regional Cities.

The Artist and the Portrait

Jude Rae –

Jude Rae is an accomplished Australian portrait artist. Over the last thirty years Jude has exhibited her work in Australia, New Zealand, Germany and the USA. Since her first solo exhibition in 1987 Jude has gone on to have over 40 solo exhibitions as well as exhibiting in many group exhibitions.

She has been awarded residencies in France, Italy and New Zealand and in 2016 was the recipient of the prestigious Bulgari Prize awarded in partnership with the Art Gallery of NSW.
After graduating in Fine Arts (History) at Sydney University Jude taught at City Art Institute (University of NSW) and since at a variety of art schools including Auckland University, the Australian National University and most recently at the National Art School (Sydney).
Commissioned portraits include: Anna Burke MP, Former Speaker of the Australian House of Representatives; Dr Alan Finkel, Chancellor - Monash University; Sarah Peirse, this portrait was an Archibald Prize Finalist in 2014 and a portrait of Frank Fenner AC CMG MBE.
Jude is represented in significant collections, both public and private, in Australia, New Zealand, UK and USA.

© Jude Rae

Staff profiles

Rachael Dewar

Rachael Dewar
Hansard reporter

Working as part of the Hansard team, my role is to accurately reproduce speeches made by members of Parliament using voice assisted transcription technology and editing them for clarity.

We aim to release a transcript of the day’s proceedings within four hours of the Parliament adjourning, so reporters have to work quickly, without compromising on accuracy, which can be challenging. Along with high-level grammar and research skills, I find that a broad general knowledge and an interest in politics and current events are particularly helpful in this task.

While the Parliament of Victoria is an historic institution, I like that it embraces new ideas and technology — for example, streaming parliamentary debates live online — making it a place of tradition but also innovation.

I enjoy the regular travel within Victoria to cover parliamentary committee inquiry hearings, which allows me to learn about a wide variety of subjects, from the building of new freeways to environmental preservation, puppy farms and end-of-life choices.

Working in the beautiful and historic Parliament House means it’s always a pleasure to come to work, and witnessing the passing of legislation is a part of my role that I find particularly rewarding, especially when it stands to affect many people’s lives.

But it’s the people who really make Parliament such a great place to work. Staff turnover is low, so people from different departments develop relationships over years, coming to know and value each other’s strengths.

We are currently seeking applications for Sessional Reporters to join our Hansard team.
For more information and to submit your application, click here.
Applications close 30 January 2017.

International relations

The Victorian Parliament connects with international visitors to Victoria and with parliaments across the world. Our international work helps to strengthen relations with other parliaments and countries. We also support democratic development in the Asia-Pacific region.

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Recruitment for Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Secretary-General

The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) is undertaking a recruitment process for a Secretary-General to head its international Secretariat located in London. The Australia Region, as one of the nine regions of the CPA, is seeking applications from suitably qualified and experienced candidates.

Documents related to this opportunity and the recruitment process may be accessed by clicking on the following link. Applications are requested to be received by Wednesday, 27 November 2019.

Any questions on this opportunity may be directed to Mr Jerome Brown, Secretary of the Australia Region of the CPA, at or phone (02) 6277 4339.


Artistic journey along Silk Road
Tuesday, 8 November 2016

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An exhibition of contemporary Chinese calligraphy and painting has been opened at Parliament House.

The ‘21st Century Maritime Silk Road’ exhibition showcases the work of several Chinese artists who give a contemporary context to the ancient art of calligraphy.

Partnership agreement with Ontario Parliament
Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Delegations Sep NEWSTHUMB

The Victorian Parliament has signed a partnership agreement with the Parliament of Ontario, Canada to encourage parliamentary links and information sharing.

The agreement was signed during a visit to Victoria by the Ontario Parliament’s Speaker Dave Levac and Clerk Deborah Deller.


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35th anniversary of Victoria-Aichi sister state relationship

Pacific Parliamentary Partnerships

The Victorian Parliament participates in the Pacific Parliamentary Partnerships program under which Australian state and territory parliaments are twinned with Pacific island parliaments. The Victorian Parliament is twinned with the parliaments of Fiji, Nauru and Tuvalu. The program supports the professional development of parliamentarians and parliamentary staff and contributes to Australia’s relations with our Pacific neighbours.

As part of the program, the Victorian Parliament is taking a lead role in a capacity building project for the Fiji Parliament. Supported by funding from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Centre for Democratic Institutions, the project is supporting the development of the Fiji Parliament, its members and its staff following Fiji’s return to parliamentary democracy in 2014. The project is being undertaken in cooperation with the Australian federal parliament and the United Nations Development Programme.

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Victorian MPs assist with induction training for new MPs in Fiji.

Fiji parliamentary delegation visits Victoria.

Fiji Parliament's civic education manager undertakes training attachment at the Victorian Parliament.

Sister state relations

Victoria has sister state relations with the Aichi Prefecture, Japan; the Jiangsu Province and the Sichuan Province, People's Republic of China; and Busan City, Republic of Korea (South Korea). The Victorian Parliament participates in activities, such as visit exchanges, that take place as part of the sister state program.

Commonwealth Parliamentary Association

The Victorian Parliament is an active member of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association. It is an association of Commonwealth parliamentarians who, irrespective of gender, race, religion or culture, are united by a community of interest, respect for the rule of law and individual rights and freedoms, and by pursuit of the positive ideals of parliamentary democracy.

The association's mission is to promote the advancement of parliamentary democracy by enhancing knowledge and understanding of democratic governance. It seeks to build an informed parliamentary community able to deepen the Commonwealth's democratic commitment and to further cooperation among its parliaments and legislatures. This mission is achieved through a range of programs and activities for parliamentarians and parliamentary staff.


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A delegation from Yancheng, China visited the Victorian Parliament in June 2015.

A conference promoting education links between Victoria and Ecuador was held at Parliament House in May 2015.

Members of the Sri Lankan World Cup cricket team visited Parliament House in February 2015.

Ted Baillieu Portrait

Ted Baillieu, premier 2010-13
Title Premier Ted Baillieu
Artist Sally Ryan
Date 2016
Medium Oil on canvas
Dimensions 154cm x 112.5 cm

Premier 2nd December 2010 - 6th March 2013.

Edward Norman Baillieu was born on 31st July 1953 in Melbourne.  Educated at Melbourne Grammar School and The University of Melbourne, he registered as an architect in 1979.

In September 1999, Baillieu successfully ran for the seat of Hawthorn, and held this seat until his resignation from Parliament in November 2014.

Baillieu held a variety of positions whilst in Opposition; Shadow Minister for Tertiary Education and Training, Gaming, Planning, Arts and Leader of the Opposition, Leader of the Victorian Liberal Nationals Coalition

At the December 2010 elections, the Liberal Nationals Coalition, led by Ted Baillieu, defeated Labor and Baillieu became the 46th Premier. Throughout his term as Premier Baillieu also served as Minister for the Arts.

The Artist and the Portrait

Sally Ryan –

Sally Ryan is a highly acclaimed Australian portrait artist who has exhibited extensively in Australia as well as internationally and is an exhibiting member of Portrait Artists Australia.

Guided by the work of the Flemish masters such as Vermeer and Rembrandt, she is recognised for her contemporary realism style. Before portraiture became her primary focus, Sally worked for a number of years in graphic and ceramic arts. These practices laid the foundation for the patterning and detail her art is noted for today.

Commissioned portraits include: Dr Catherine Hamlin AC (this work was a finalist in the 2013 Archibald Prize), Professor Michael Morgan, Kenneth Reed AM, and Dr Bob Chia.
Sally is represented in significant collections across the country and is the recipient of many prestigious awards and prizes including an Archibald Prize finalist in 2013; Winner of the Kennedy Prize in 2014, Finalist in the Black Swan Portrait Prize 2015 and a Finalist in the Hunters Hill Art Prize 2016.

© Sally Ryan

Parliamentary Internship Program


As the first state in Australia to host a Parliamentary internship program, the Victorian Parliament has forged an innovative partnership with leading universities in Melbourne. Following the inaugural intake in 1990 of 21 students from The University of Melbourne, the program was expanded to include students from Monash University in 1994, Victoria University in 2004, La Trobe and Swinburne universities in 2016 and the Australian Catholic University in 2019.

The Victorian Parliamentary internship program has proudly hosted over 1200 interns as an accredited semester unit of study from their university.

Students are tasked with compiling a research report on a topic established in consultation with their Member of Parliament. Mutually beneficial pairing is assured by taking into account research interests, areas of academic expertise, relevant political affiliation and geographical location. In testimony to the standard of research produced by interns, Members of Parliament have drawn upon internship reports during their Parliamentary debates and members statements.

An impressive array of internship alumni has emerged domestically and internationally, with graduates from the program establishing careers as Members of Parliament, committee staff, Clerks of the Parliament, newspaper editors, journalists, and Parliamentary officers.

To find out more about the Parliamentary internship program, see the 25 year commemorative book, Students of Spring Street.

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