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Government of New South Wales

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Government of New South Wales
Coat of Arms of New South Wales.svg
Coat of arms of the State of New South Wales, used for formal and ceremonial purposes.
New South Wales Government logo.svg
Logo of the New South Wales Government and its agencies
Australian stateNew South Wales
Legislative branch
LegislatureParliament of New South Wales;
Meeting placeParliament House
Executive branch
Main organNew South Wales Ministry
Meeting placeParliament House
Judicial branch
CourtSupreme Court

The Government of New South Wales, also referred to as the New South Wales Government or NSW Government, is the Australian state democratic administrative authority of New South Wales. It is currently held by a coalition of the Liberal Party and the National Party. The Government of New South Wales, a parliamentary constitutional monarchy, was formed in 1856 as prescribed in its Constitution, as amended from time to time. Since the Federation of Australia in 1901, New South Wales has been a state of the Commonwealth of Australia, and the Constitution of Australia regulates its relationship with the Commonwealth. Under the Australian Constitution, New South Wales ceded legislative and judicial supremacy to the Commonwealth, but retained powers in all matters not in conflict with the Commonwealth.

Section 109 of the Australian Constitution provides that, where a State law is inconsistent with a federal law, the federal law prevails (to the extent of the inconsistency). The New South Wales Constitution says: "The Legislature shall, subject to the provisions of the Commonwealth of Australia Constitution Act, have power to make laws for the peace, welfare, and good government of New South Wales in all cases whatsoever." Initially the Australian states retained significant independence. Over time, however, that independence has been greatly eroded by both the proliferation of Commonwealth Law, and the increasing financial domination of the Commonwealth.[citation needed]

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Executive and judicial powers

New South Wales is governed according to the principles of the Westminster system, a form of parliamentary government based on the model of the United Kingdom. Legislative power rests with the Parliament of New South Wales, which consists of the Crown, represented by the Governor of New South Wales, and the two Houses, the New South Wales Legislative Council (the upper house) and the New South Wales Legislative Assembly (the lower house). Executive power rests formally with the Executive Council, which consists of the Governor and senior ministers.[1]

The Governor, as representative of the Crown, is the formal repository of power, which is exercised by him or her on the advice of the Premier of New South Wales and the Cabinet. The Premier and Ministers are appointed by the Governor, and hold office by virtue of their ability to command the support of a majority of members of the Legislative Assembly. Judicial power is exercised by the Supreme Court of New South Wales and a system of subordinate courts, but the High Court of Australia and other federal courts have overriding jurisdiction on matters which fall under the ambit of the Australian Constitution.

In 2006, the Sesquicentenary of Responsible Government in New South Wales, the Constitution Amendment Pledge of Loyalty Act 2006 No. 6 was enacted to amend the Constitution Act 1902 to require Members of the New South Wales Parliament and its Ministers to take a pledge of loyalty to Australia and to the people of New South Wales instead of swearing allegiance to the Queen her heirs and successors, and to revise the oaths taken by Executive Councillors.[2] The Act was assented to by the Queen on 3 April 2006.


The following individuals serve as government ministers, at the pleasure of the Queen, represented by the Governor of New South Wales. The government ministers are listed in order of seniority as listed on the Parliament of New South Wales website,[3] while their opposition counterparts are listed to correspond with the government ministers.[4] All Opposition counterparts are members of the Parliament of New South Wales. The list is up to date as of January 2018.

Minister Office Portrait Party Opposition
Office Portrait Party
Gladys Berejiklian Premier
Gladys Berejiklian.JPG
  Liberal Michael Daley Leader of the Opposition   Labor
John Barilaro Deputy Premier   National Penny Sharpe Deputy Leader of the Opposition   Labor
Minister for Regional New South Wales David Harris Shadow Minister for Regional Development
Shadow Minister for the Central Coast
Minister for Skills Prue Car Shadow Minister for Skills   Labor
Minister for Small Business Jenny Aitchison Shadow Minister for Small Business   Labor
Dominic Perrottet Treasurer   Liberal Ryan Park Shadow Treasurer
Shadow Minister for the Illawarra
Minister for Industrial Relations Adam Searle Shadow Minister for Industrial Relations
Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Council
Adam Searle Conference 2015 (cropped).jpg
Niall Blair Minister for Primary Industries   National Mick Veitch Shadow Minister for Primary Industries
Shadow Minister for Western NSW
Mich Veitch MLC.jpg
Minister for Regional Water Chris Minns Shadow Minister for Water   Labor
Minister for Trade and Industry Penny Sharpe Shadow Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events
Penny Sharpe MLC, Nov 2012.jpg
Adam Searle Shadow Minister for Industry, Resources and Energy
Adam Searle Conference 2015 (cropped).jpg
Don Harwin Minister for Resources
Minister for Energy and Utilities
Minister for the Arts Walt Secord Shadow Minister for the Arts
Shadow Minister for the North Coast
Deputy Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Council
Vice-President of the Executive Council   Labor
Anthony Roberts Minister for Planning
Anthony Roberts 2016.jpg
  Liberal Michael Daley Shadow Minister for Planning and Infrastructure   Labor
Minister for Housing Tania Mihailuk Shadow Minister for Social Housing   Labor
Special Minister of State   Labor
Andrew Constance Minister for Transport and Infrastructure   Liberal Jodi McKay Shadow Minister for Transport   Labor
Michael Daley Shadow Minister for Planning and Infrastructure   Labor
Brad Hazzard Minister for Health
Bradley Hazzard, Lismore, December 2012 (crop).jpg
  Liberal Walt Secord Shadow Minister for Health   Labor
Minister for Medical Research Tania Mihailuk Shadow Minister for Medical Research   Labor
Rob Stokes Minister for Education
MP Rob Stokes 2014 (cropped).jpg
  Liberal Jihad Dib Shadow Minister for Education   Labor
Mark Speakman Attorney General   Liberal Paul Lynch Shadow Attorney General
Hon Paul Lynch MP, Minister for Local Government.jpg
Troy Grant Minister for Police
Minister for Emergency Services
Deputy Premier of New South Wales Troy Grant.jpg
  National Guy Zangari Shadow Minister for Justice and Police
Shadow Minister for Emergency Services
Victor Dominello Minister for Finance, Services and Property
Dominello with coalition leadership (cropped).JPG
  Liberal Clayton Barr Shadow Minister for Finance, Services and Property   Labor
Pru Goward Minister for Family and Community Services

Minister for Social Housing

Pru Goward
  Liberal Tania Mihailuk Shadow Minister for Family and Community Services

Shadow Minister for Social Housing

Minister for the Prevention of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Jenny Aitchison Shadow Minister for the Prevention of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault   Labor
Paul Toole Minister for Lands and Forestry   National Mick Veitch Shadow Minister for Lands
Mich Veitch MLC.jpg
Minister for Racing Michael Daley Shadow Minister for Gaming and Racing   Labor
David Elliott Minister for Corrections   Liberal Guy Zangari Shadow Minister for Corrections   Labor
Minister for Veterans Affairs Lynda Voltz Shadow Minister for Veterans Affairs   Labor
Minister for Counter Terrorism   Labor
Gabrielle Upton Minister for the Environment
Minister for Heritage
  Liberal Penny Sharpe Shadow Minister for Environment and Heritage
Penny Sharpe MLC, Nov 2012.jpg
Minister for Local Government Peter Primrose Shadow Minister for Local Government
Peter Primrose MLC.jpg
Stuart Ayres Minister for Western Sydney
Stuart Ayres 2015.jpg
  Liberal Luke Foley Shadow Minister for Western Sydney
Luke Foley MLC (cropped).jpg
Minister for Sport Lynda Voltz Shadow Minister for Sport   Labor
Minister for WestConnex   Labor
Melinda Pavey Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight
Melinda Pavey.jpg
  National Jodi McKay Shadow Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight   Labor
Matt Kean Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation   Liberal Yasmin Catley Shadow Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation   Labor
Adam Marshall Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events
  National Penny Sharpe Shadow Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events
Penny Sharpe MLC, Nov 2012.jpg
Assistant Minister for Skills   Labor
Tanya Davies Minister for Mental Health   Liberal Tania Mihailuk Shadow Minister for Mental Health   Labor
Minister for Women
Minister for Ageing
Sophie Cotsis Shadow Minister for Women
Shadow Minister for Ageing
Sarah Mitchell Minister for Early Childhood Education   National Kate Washington Shadow Minister for Early Childhood Education
Shadow Minister for the Hunter
Minister for Aboriginal Affairs David Harris Shadow Minister for Aboriginal Affairs   Labor
Assistant Minister for Education Prue Car Shadow Assistant Minister for Education   Labor
Ray Williams Minister for Disability Services
Minister for Multiculturalism
  Liberal Sophie Cotsis Shadow Minister for Disability Services
Shadow Minister for Multiculturalism

See also


  1. ^ "The Executive Council". Retrieved 31 January 2018.
  2. ^ Pledge of Loyalty Act 2006  (NSW)
  3. ^ "Ministers". Members. Parliament of New South Wales. January 2017. Retrieved 19 January 2018.
  4. ^ "Shadow Ministry". Members. Parliament of New South Wales. January 2017. Retrieved 19 January 2018.

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