Newly appointed Minister for women and the prevention of family violence, Natalie Hutchins, has taken a leave of absence from her ministerial and parliamentary duties.

The member for Keilor and Sydenham cited personal reasons for the leave, which will take effect immediately.

Jill Hennessey will act as the minister for women and the minister for the prevention of family violence, while Luke Donnellan will act as the minister for aboriginal affairs and the minister for industrial relations in Ms Hutchins’ absence.

Ms Hutchins was sworn in as Victoria’s minister for women in September after the death of former minister Fiona Richardson from cancer.