Government of New South Wales

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Government of New South Wales
State Government
Logo of the Government of New South Wales and its agencies Coat of Arms of New South Wales
Formation
Founding documentConstitution of New South Wales
State New South Wales
Country Australia
Websitensw.gov.au
Crown
Head of state (sovereign)Monarch (King)
Vice-regal representativeGovernor
SeatGovernment House
Legislative branch
LegislatureParliament of New South Wales
Meeting placeParliament House
Executive branch
Head of governmentPremier
Main bodyNew South Wales Ministry
AppointerGovernor on behalf of the King of Australia in right of the State of New South Wales.
Headquarters52 Martin Place
Chief Secretary's building
Main organExecutive Council of New South Wales
Departments9 departments
Judicial branch
CourtSupreme Court
SeatLaw Courts Building

The Government of New South Wales, also known 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[edit]

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.

On 5 June 2012, the Constitution Amendment (Restoration of Oaths of Allegiance) Act 2012 No 33 was assented to and made a further amendment to the Constitution Act 1902, by restoring the option of taking the oath of allegiance to the Queen, her heirs and successors, in addition to the option of taking the pledge of loyalty.[3] The change applies to members of Legislative Council, Legislative Assembly and Executive Council.

Ministries[edit]

The following individuals serve as government ministers, at the pleasure of the King, 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 21 December 2022, 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.

Minister Office Portrait Ministerial
Party
Opposition
Party
Opposition
counterpart
Office Portrait
Dominic Perrottet Premier Dominic Perrottet 7 September 2016 outside Sydney Hospital.jpg   Liberal   Labor Chris Minns Leader of the Opposition Chris Minns MP.png
Paul Toole Deputy Premier John Flint, Paul Toole MP & Richard Neville (cropped).jpg   National Prue Car Deputy Leader of the Opposition Prue car.jpg
Minister for Regional New South Wales Mick Veitch MLC Shadow Minister for Regional New South Wales Mich Veitch MLC.jpg
Minister for Police Paul Scully Shadow Minister for Police
Matt Kean Treasurer Matt Kean - CEBIT Australia Day 1 Plenary.jpg   Liberal Daniel Mookhey MLC Shadow Treasurer
Shadow Minister for the Gig Economy
Minister for Energy Jihad Dib Shadow Minister for Energy and Climate Change Jihad Dib MP.png
Alister Henskens Minister for Enterprise, Investment and Trade   Liberal Anoulack Chanthivong Shadow Minister for Industry and Trade
Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism David Harris Shadow Minister for Jobs, Investment and Tourism
Leader of the House Ron Hoenig Manager of Opposition Business
David Elliott Minister for Transport David Elliott MP 2015.png   Liberal Jo Haylen Shadow Minister for Transport Jo Haylen MP 2015.jpg
Minister for Western Sydney Greg Warren Shadow Minister for Western Sydney Greg Warren MP Portrait.jpg
Damien Tudehope Minister for Employee Relations   Liberal Sophie Cotsis Shadow Minister for Industrial Relations
Ben Franklin Minister for the Arts   National John Graham MLC Shadow Minister for Arts
Shadow Minister for the North Coast
Shadow Minister for Night Time Economy and Music
John Graham MLC.jpg
Minister for Aboriginal Affairs David Harris Shadow Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and Treaty
Shadow Minister for the Central Coast
Damien Tudehope Leader of the Government in the Legislative Council   Liberal Penny Sharpe MLC Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Council Penny Sharpe MLC, Nov 2012.jpg
Natasha Maclaren-Jones Minister for Family and Community Services
Minister for Disability Inclusion
  Liberal Kate Washington Shadow Minister for Family and Community Services
Shadow Minister for Disability Inclusion
Brad Hazzard Minister for Health and Medical Research Bradley Hazzard, Lismore, December 2012 (crop).jpg   Liberal Ryan Park Shadow Minister for Health
Shadow Minister for the Illawara and South Coast
Tara Moriarty MLC Shadow Minister for Medical Research
Minister for Prevention of Domestic and Sexual Violence Jodie Harrison Shadow Minister for Prevention of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Jodie Harrison MP.png
Anthony Roberts Minister for Planning and Public Spaces Anthony Roberts 2016.jpg   Liberal Paul Scully Shadow Minister for Planning and Public Spaces
Mark Speakman SC Attorney General 150225 MDCC Election Forum Mark Speakman.jpg   Liberal Michael Daley Shadow Attorney-General
Victor Dominello Minister for Customer Service and Digital Dominello with coalition leadership (cropped).JPG   Liberal Yasmin Catley Shadow Minister for Customer Service and Digital
Shadow Minister for the Hunter
Sarah Mitchell MLC Minister for Education and Early Childhood Learning Minister Mitchell July 20 headshot DSC6710a.jpg   National Prue Car Shadow Minister for Education and Early Childhood Learning Prue car.jpg
Deputy Leader of the Government in the Legislative Council John Graham MLC Deputy Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Council John Graham MLC.jpg
James Griffin Minister for Environment and Heritage James Griffin MP.jpg   Liberal Penny Sharpe MLC Shadow Minister for the Environment and Heritage Penny Sharpe MLC, Nov 2012.jpg
Courtney Houssos MLC Shadow Minister for Natural Resources
Adam Marshall Minister for Agriculture and Western New South Wales Adammarshallmp.jpg   National Mick Veitch MLC Shadow Minister for Agriculture
Shadow Minister for Western New South Wales
Mich Veitch MLC.jpg
Anthony Roberts Minister for Counter Terrorism and Corrections Anthony Roberts 2016.jpg   Liberal Tara Moriarty MLC Shadow Minister for Corrections and Juvenile Justice
Paul Scully Shadow Minister for Counter-Terrorism
Shelley Hancock Minister for Local Government Shelley Hancock Official Photo.jpg   Liberal Greg Warren Shadow Minister for Local Government Greg Warren MP Portrait.jpg
Kevin Anderson Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation   National Courtney Houssos MLC Shadow Minister for Better Regulation and Innovation
Sarah Mitchell Minister for Skills and Tertiary Education Minister Mitchell July 20 headshot DSC6710a.jpg   National Tim Crakanthorp Shadow Minister for Skills, TAFE and Tertiary Education
Natalie Ward MLC Minister for Sport, Multiculturalism, Seniors and Veterans   Liberal Julia Finn Shadow Minister for Sport
Steve Kamper Shadow Minister for Multiculturalism
Greg Warren Shadow Minister for Veterans Greg Warren MP Portrait.jpg
Jodie Harrison Shadow Minister for Seniors Jodie Harrison MP.png
Bronwyn Taylor MLC Minister for Mental Health, Regional Youth and Women   National Shadow Minister for Women
Ryan Park Shadow Minister for Mental Health
Julia Finn Shadow Minister for Youth
Damien Tudehope MLC Minister for Finance and Small Business   Liberal Anoulack Chanthivong Shadow Minister for Finance
Steve Kamper Shadow Minister for Small Business

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Executive Council". www.parliament.nsw.gov.au. Retrieved 31 January 2018.
  2. ^ Pledge of Loyalty Act 2006 (NSW)
  3. ^ "Constitution Amendment (Restoration of Oaths of Allegiance) Bill 2012". Legislation NSW. 5 June 2012. Retrieved 26 June 2019.
  4. ^ "Shadow Ministry". Members. Parliament of New South Wales. January 2017. Retrieved 19 January 2018.

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