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Government of New South Wales

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The Government of New South Wales, known most often as the 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, as with all states, ceded legislative and judicial supremacy to the Commonwealth, but retained powers in all matters not in conflict with the Commonwealth.

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 and were sworn on by the Governor with effect from 2 April 2019,[3][4] while their opposition counterparts are listed to correspond with the government ministers.[5] All Opposition counterparts are members of the Parliament of New South Wales.

Minister Office Portrait Party Opposition
Office Portrait Party
Gladys Berejiklian Premier
Gladys Berejiklian.JPG
  Liberal Jodi McKay Leader of the Opposition   Labor
John Barilaro Deputy Premier
John Barilaro 2016.jpg
  National Yasmin Catley Deputy Leader of the Opposition   Labor
Minister for Regional New South Wales, Industry and Trade Mick Veitch, MLC Shadow Minister for Industry and Trade
Shadow Minister for Rural Affairs
Shadow Minister for Western New South Wales
Mich Veitch MLC.jpg
Dominic Perrottet Treasurer   Liberal Walt Secord, MLC Shadow Treasurer   Labor
Paul Toole Minister for Regional Transport and Roads   National Mick Veitch, MLC Shadow Minister for Rural Roads
Mich Veitch MLC.jpg
David Harris Shadow Minister for Regional Transport
Shadow Minister for the Central Coast
Don Harwin, MLC Special Minister of State   Liberal Walt Secord, MLC Shadow Special Minister of State
Shadow Minister for the Arts
Minister for the Public Service and Employee Relations, Aboriginal Affairs, and the Arts Adam Searle, MLC Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Council
Shadow Minister for Industrial Relations
Adam Searle Conference 2015 (cropped).jpg
David Harris Shadow Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and Treaty   Labor
Vice-President of the Executive Council
Leader of Government Business in the Legislative Council
Penny Sharpe, MLC Deputy Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Council
Penny Sharpe MLC, Nov 2012.jpg
Andrew Constance Minister for Transport and Roads
Minister introduces Sydney's first metro train (37069473950).png
  Liberal Chris Minns Shadow Minister for Transport   Labor
John Graham, MLC Shadow Minister for Roads   Labor
Leader of the House Ryan Park Manager of Opposition Business
Shadow Minister for the Illawarra and South Coast
Brad Hazzard Minister for Health and Medical Research
Bradley Hazzard, Lismore, December 2012 (crop).jpg
  Liberal Shadow Minister for Health
Jenny Aitchison Shadow Minister for Medical Research   Labor
Rob Stokes Minister for Planning and Public Spaces
MP Rob Stokes 2014 (cropped).jpg
  Liberal Adam Searle, MLC Shadow Minister for Planning and Better Living
Shadow Minister for the North Coast
Adam Searle Conference 2015 (cropped).jpg
Mark Speakman SC Attorney General
150225 MDCC Election Forum Mark Speakman.jpg
  Liberal Paul Lynch Shadow Attorney General
Hon Paul Lynch MP, Minister for Local Government.jpg
Minister for the Prevention of Domestic Violence Trish Doyle Shadow Minister for Women and the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence   Labor
Victor Dominello Minister for Customer Service
Dominello with coalition leadership (cropped).JPG
  Liberal Sophie Cotsis Shadow Minister for Better Public Services   Labor
Julia Finn Shadow Minister for Consumer Protection
Shadow Minister for Carers
Sarah Mitchell, MLC Minister for Education and Early Childhood Learning   National Prue Car Shadow Minister for Education   Labor
Jodie Harrison Shadow Minister for Early Childhood Learning   Labor
David Elliott Minister for Police and Emergency Services   Liberal Lynda Voltz Shadow Minister for Police and Counter-Terrorism   Labor
Trish Doyle Shadow Minister for Emergency Services   Labor
Melinda Pavey Minister for Water, Property and Housing
Melinda Pavey.jpg
  National Ryan Park, MLC Shadow Minister for Housing and Homelessness   Labor
Clayton Barr Shadow Minister for Water   Labor
Tara Moriarty Shadow Minister for Crown Lands   Labor
Stuart Ayres Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney
Stuart Ayres 2015.jpg
  Liberal Greg Warren Shadow Minister for Western Sydney   Labor
Jenny Aitchison Shadow Minister for Investment and Tourism   Labor
Matt Kean Minister for Energy and Environment   Liberal Adam Searle, MLC Shadow Minister for Climate Change and Energy   Labor
Paul Scully Shadow Minister for Natural Resources   Labor
Kate Washington Shadow Minister for Environment and Heritage   Labor
Adam Marshall Minister for Agriculture and Western New South Wales
  National Jenny Aitchison Shadow Minister for Primary Industries   Labor
Anthony Roberts Minister for Counter Terrorism and Corrections
Anthony Roberts 2016.jpg
  Liberal Chris Minns Shadow Minister for Corrections   Labor
Jihad Dib Shadow Minister for Juvenile Justice
Shadow Minister Assisting on Multiculturalism
Shelley Hancock Minister for Local Government
Shelley Hancock Official Photo.jpg
  Liberal Greg Warren Shadow Minister for Local Government   Labor
Kevin Anderson Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation   National Clayton Bar Shadow Minister for Innovation, Science and Tertiary Education
Shadow Minister for the Hunter
John Graham, MLC Shadow Minister for Music and the Night Time Economy   Labor
Geoff Lee Minister for Skills and Tertiary Education   Liberal Jihad Dib Shadow Minister for Skills and TAFE
Shadow Minister for Youth
John Sidoti Minister for Sport, Multiculturalism, Seniors and Veterans   Liberal Lynda Voltz Shadow Minister for Sport and Recreation   Labor
Jodi McKay Shadow Minister for Multiculturalism   Labor
Greg Warren Shadow Minister for Veterans   Labor
Jo Haylen Shadow Minister for Seniors and Volunteers
Shadow Minister for Active Transport
Shadow Minister for the Cost of Living
Bronwyn Taylor, MLC Minister for Mental Health, Regional Youth and Women   National Kate Washington Shadow Minister for Rural Health   Labor
Trish Doyle Shadow Minister for Women and the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence   Labor
Tara Moriarty, MLC Shadow Minister for Mental Health   Labor
Gareth Ward Minister for Families, Communities and Disability Services   Liberal Penny Sharpe, MLC Shadow Minister for Family and Community Services
Shadow Minister for Disability Inclusion
Penny Sharpe MLC, Nov 2012.jpg
Damien Tudehope, MLC Minister for Finance and Small Business   Liberal Daniel Mookhey, MLC Shadow Minister for Finance and Small Business
Shadow Minister for the Gig Economy

See also


  1. ^ "The Executive Council". Retrieved 31 January 2018.
  2. ^ Pledge of Loyalty Act 2006  (NSW)
  3. ^ "Government Notices (30)" (PDF). Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales. 2 April 2019. p. 1088-1090. Retrieved 3 April 2019.
  4. ^ "Premier announces new Cabinet" (Press release). Premier of New South Wales. 31 March 2019. Retrieved 3 April 2019.
  5. ^ "Shadow Ministry". Members. Parliament of New South Wales. January 2017. Retrieved 19 January 2018.

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