Government of New South Wales
The form of the Government of New South Wales is prescribed in its Constitution, which dates from 1856, although it has been amended many times since then. Since 1901, New South Wales has been a state of the Commonwealth of Australia, and the Australian Constitution 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.
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 Queen, 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. The Governor, as representative of the Queen, 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.
New South Wales celebrated the Sesquicentenary of Responsible Government in 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, while their opposition counterparts are listed to correspond with the government ministers. All Opposition counterparts are members of the Parliament of New South Wales, with the exception of Jodi McKay, a former member for Newcastle and the Labor candidate at the next state election for the seat of Strathfield.
Minister for Infrastructure
Minister for Western Sydney
|Liberal||Luke Foley||Leader of the Opposition
Shadow Minister for Infrastructure
Shadow Minister for Western Sydney
|Troy Grant||Deputy Premier of New South Wales||National||Linda Burney||Deputy Leader of the Opposition
Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Assembly
|Minister for Trade and Investment
Minister for Regional Infrastructure and Services
|Mick Veitch||Shadow Minister for Trade and Investment
Shadow Minister for Regional Infrastructure and Services
|Minister for Tourism and Major Events
Minister for Hospitality, Gaming and Racing
|Steve Whan||Shadow Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Hospitality and Racing||Labor|
|Minister for the Arts||Sonia Hornery||Shadow Minister for the Arts||Labor|
|Gladys Berejiklian||Minister for Transport||Liberal||Penny Sharpe||Shadow Minister for Transport||Labor|
|Minister for the Hunter||Sonia Hornery||Shadow Minister for the Hunter||Labor|
|Adrian Piccoli||Minister for Education||National||Ryan Park||Shadow Minister for Education and Training||Labor|
|Duncan Gay||Minister for Roads and Freight||National||Michael Daley||Shadow Minister for Roads and Freight||Labor|
|Minister for the North Coast||Walt Secord||Shadow Minister for the North Coast||Labor|
|Anthony Roberts||Minister for Resources and Energy||Liberal||Steve Whan||Shadow Minister for Resources and Primary Industries||Labor|
|Adam Searle||Shadow Minister for Energy and Climate Change||Labor|
|Special Minister of State||Peter Primrose||Shadow Special Minister of State||Labor|
|Jillian Skinner||Minister for Health
Minister for Medical Research
|Liberal||Walt Secord||Shadow Minister for Health
Shadow Minister for Liquor Regulation
|Sonia Hornery||Shadow Minister for Science and Medical Research||Labor|
|Andrew Constance||Treasurer||Liberal||Michael Daley||Shadow Treasurer||Labor|
|Minister for Industrial Relations||Adam Searle||Shadow Minister for Industrial Relations||Labor|
|Pru Goward||Minister for Planning||Liberal||Jodi McKay||Opposition Planning Spokeswoman||Labor|
|Minister for Women||Sophie Cotsis||Shadow Minister for the Status of Women||Labor|
|Brad Hazzard||Attorney General
Minister for Justice
|Liberal||Paul Lynch||Shadow Attorney General
Shadow Minister for Justice
|Gabrielle Upton||Minister for Family and Community Services||Liberal||Linda Burney||Shadow Minister for Family and Community Services||Labor|
|Katrina Hodgkinson||Minister for Primary Industries||National||Steve Whan||Shadow Minister for Resources and Primary Industries||Labor|
|Kevin Humphries||Minister for Natural Resources, Lands and Water||National||Tony Kelly||Shadow Minister for Resources and Primary Industries||Labor|
|Peter Primrose||Shadow Minister for Water||Labor|
|Steve Whan||Shadow Minister for Rural Water||Labor|
|Minister for Western New South Wales||Mick Veitch||Shadow Minister for Regional and Rural Affairs
Shadow Minister for Western New South Wales
|John Ajaka||Minister for Ageing
Minister for Disability Services
|Liberal||Linda Burney||Shadow Minister for Ageing and Disability Services||Labor|
|Minister for the Illawarra||Ryan Park||Shadow Minister for the Illawarra||Labor|
|Stuart Ayres||Minister for Police and Emergency Services||Liberal||Steve Whan||Shadow Minister for Police||Labor|
|Ron Hoenig||Shadow Minister for Emergency Services||Labor|
|Minister for Sport and Recreation||Guy Zangari||Shadow Minister for Sport and Recreation||Labor|
|Minister Assisting the Premier on Western Sydney||Peter Primrose||Shadow Minister Assisting the Leader on Western Sydney||Labor|
|Victor Dominello||Minister for Citizenship and Communities||Liberal||Guy Zangari||Shadow Minister for Citizenship and Communities||Labor|
|Minister for Aboriginal Affairs||Linda Burney||Shadow Minister for Aboriginal Affairs||Labor|
|Minister for Veterans Affairs
Assistant Minister for Education
|Shadow Minister for Early Childhood Education|
|Rob Stokes||Minister for the Environment||Liberal||Luke Foley||Shadow Minister for the Environment||Labor|
|Minister for Heritage
Assistant Minister for Planning
|Ron Hoenig||Shadow Minister for Heritage||Labor|
|Minister for the Central Coast||Linda Burney||Shadow Minister for the Central Coast||Labor|
|Dominic Perrottet||Minister for Finance and Services||Liberal||Peter Primrose||Shadow Minister for Finance and Services||Labor|
|Sophie Cotsis||Shadow Minister for Housing||Labor|
|Paul Toole||Minister for Local Government||National||Shadow Minister for Local Government|
|Matthew Mason-Cox||Minister for Fair Trading||Liberal||Tania Mihailuk||Shadow Minister for Fair Trading||Labor|
|Jai Rowell||Minister for Mental Health||Liberal||Sophie Cotsis||Shadow Minister for Mental Health||Labor|
|Assistant Minister for Health||Tania Mihailuk||Shadow Minister for Healthy Lifestyles
Shadow Minister for Volunteering and Youth
|John Barilaro||Minister for Small Business
Minister for Regional Tourism
|National||Adam Searle||Shadow Minister for Small Business||Labor|
- List of New South Wales Government Agencies
- Local government areas of New South Wales
- Public Service Association of NSW
- New South Wales Ministry
- New South Wales Shadow Ministry
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- Government of New South Wales website
- New South Wales Government Annual Reports and Other Publications
- The Constitution of New South Wales