List of New South Wales government agencies

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New South Wales state Coat of Arms, previously used by some NSW government agencies as their emblem, now reserved for formal and ceremonial use.

Government in New South Wales is delivered by a number of agencies, grouped under areas of portfolio responsibility. Each portfolio is led by a minister appointed from the Parliament of New South Wales. From July 2009 portfolios, previously led by a department of the same name, were regrouped into 13 'super departments' each led by a Director-General and comprising a number of portfolios covering specific policy areas across the department and allocated statutory authorities, trading enterprises, boards, councils and other public bodies. In April 2011 following the election of a new state government, agencies were further aggregated around 9 clusters or 'principal departments'.

Agencies have varying levels of operational autonomy, and deliver one or more of frontline public services, administrative functions and law enforcement. Some are structured as for-profit corporations. Where there are multiple portfolios within a department, Directors-General may be accountable to a number of ministers. The responsibilities and goals of many agencies are set in the 2006 New South Wales State Plan.

All agencies are identifiable by their corporate logo, which features in agency advertising, publications and correspondence. Many agency insignia have recently been updated as a result of the State Arms, Symbols and Emblems Act 2004.,[1] requiring the replacement of the British Coat of Arms with the emblem of New South Wales.

A list of articles on New South Wales government agencies sorted alphabetically is available at Category:Government agencies of New South Wales. The New South Wales government maintains a list of agencies and their contact details at its website.

Attorney General and Justice[edit]

The Department of Justice is the lead agency in this portfolio responsible to the Minister for Justice and Police and Deputy Premier of New South Wales, presently the Hon. Troy Grant MP, and the Attorney General of New South Wales, presently the Hon. Gabrielle Upton MP.

Attorney General[edit]

The other agencies that are part of this portfolio include:

Justice[edit]

The following agencies are part of this portfolio:

Police and Emergency Services[edit]

The Ministry for Police and Emergency Services is the principal agency responsible to the Minister for Justice and Police and Deputy Premier of New South Wales, presently the Hon. Troy Grant MP, and the Minister for Emergency Services, presently the Hon. David Elliott MP.

The other agencies that are part of this portfolio include:

Education and Communities[edit]

The Department of Education and Communities is the lead agency responsible to the Minister for Education, Adrian Piccoli; supported by the Minister for Early Childhood Education and Assistant Minister for Education and the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and presently the Hon. Leslie Williams MP;.

Communities[edit]

The Office of Communities is the lead agency in this section. Other agencies in this section include:

  • Aboriginal Affairs
  • Veterans Affairs
  • Volunteering
  • Youth

Education[edit]

The Office of Education is the lead agency in this section. Other agencies in this section include:

Although they are substantially funded and regulated on a national level, the state's universities are New South Wales government agencies within the education portfolio.

Family and Community Services[edit]

The Department of Family and Community Services is the lead agency of the portfolio headed by the Minister for Family and Community Services and Minister for Social Housing, presently the Hon. Brad Hazzard MP. He is supported by the Minister for Women and the Minister for Prevention of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, presently the Hon. Pru Goward MP; and the Minister for Ageing and Minister for Disability Services and the Minister for Multiculturalism, presently the Hon. John Ajaka MP; and the Minister for Veterans Affairs, presently the Hon. David Elliott MP.

Other agencies in this portfolio include:

Finance and Services[edit]

The Department of Finance and Services is the lead agency of this portfolio responsible to the Minister for Finance, Services and Property, presently the Hon. Dominic Perrottet MP; assisted by the Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation, the Hon. Victor Dominello.

Other agencies in the portfolio are:

Health[edit]

The Ministry of Health is the lead agency of the portfolio headed by the Minister for Health, presently the Hon. Jillian Skinner MP, supported by the Minister for Mental Health, the and Minister for Medical Research, and the Assistant Minister for Health, presently the Hon. Pru Goward MP.

The following agencies are part of this portfolio:

Local Hospital Districts and Networks[edit]

The state's health services are statutory bodies within the Health portfolio and are divided into fifteen geographic areas, called local hospital districts and one network to facilitate the delivery of health services.

Premier and Cabinet[edit]

The Department of Premier and Cabinet is the lead agency of the portfolio reporting to the Premier, Mike Baird. In his absence, the Premier's responsibilities are delegated to the Deputy Premier, Troy Grant. The Premier is assisted in his portfolio by the Minister for Planning, presently the Hon. Rob Stokes MP; the Minister for Local Government, presently the Hon. Paul Toole MP; and the Minister for the Environment, the Minister for Heritage, and the Assistant Minister for Planning, presently the Hon. Mark Speakman MP.

Other agencies within this department include:

Planning and Environment[edit]

Other agencies within this department include:

Environment and Heritage[edit]

  • Environment and Climate Change
  • Heritage Branch

Other agencies within this office include:

Local Government[edit]

The New South Wales Division of Local Government is the principal agency in this division.

Other agencies within this division include:

Office of Sport[edit]

The Office of Sport includes:

The Division supervises the state's local government authorities. See article: Local government areas of New South Wales

Trade and Investment, Regional Infrastructure and Services[edit]

The Department of Trade and Investment, Regional Infrastructure and Services is the lead agency of the portfolio headed by the Deputy Premier, the Minister for the Arts, and the Minister for Racing, presently the Hon. Troy Grant MP. He is supported by the Minister for Primary Industries and the Minister for Lands and Water, presently the Hon. Niall Blair MLC; and by the Minister for Small Business, the Minister for Skills, and the Minister for Regional Development, presently the Hon. John Barilaro MP; and by the Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events and Minister for Sport and Recreation, presently the Hon. Stuart Ayres MP; and by the Minister for Industry, Resources and Energy, presently the Hon. Anthony Roberts MP.

The Department is called NSW Trade & Investment and is led by its Director General, Mark Paterson AO and has five divisions.

Department of Primary Industries[edit]

The Department of Primary Industries is the lead agency of this division, headed by its Director General, Dr Richard Sheldrake, under the leadership of Minister Hodgkinson and has responsibility for the development of policy that broadly enables the following activities (plus others):

  • profitable and sustainable agricultural industries
  • protection of NSW from the impacts of pests, diseases and weeds
  • help to ensure food in NSW is safe and correctly labelled
  • management of native and plantation forests
  • management of Crown lands and infrastructure
  • profitable and sustainable fishing and aquaculture
  • licensing of hunters to assist in the reduction of feral animals
  • environmental protection, rehabilitation, land management and commercial services
  • management of Sydney's drinking water catchments and infrastructure, and
  • providing better services to country NSW communities

Agencies in this division include:

Catchment management authorities[edit]

The Department also has responsibility for the state's thirteen catchment management authorities that are all statutory bodies within this portfolio.

Industry, Innovation and Investment[edit]

This division is headed by its Deputy Director General, Barry Buffier under the leadership of Ministers Stoner and Souris and has responsibility for the development of policy that assists:

Agencies in this division include:

Resources and Energy[edit]

This division is headed by its Deputy Director General, Mark Duffy, under the leadership of Minister Hartcher and has responsibility for the development of policy that broadly enables the safe and responsible mining and effective environmental management for minerals and petroleum industries, reliable and sustainable energy supplies, safe and efficient energy services, and development of ethanol, biodiesel, and other renewable fuels.

Agencies in this division include:

Transport[edit]

The Transport for NSW is the lead agency of the portfolio headed by the Minister for Transport and Infrastructure, the Hon. Andrew Constance MP and supported by the Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight, the Hon. Duncan Gay MLC.

Other agencies in the portfolio are:

The Treasury[edit]

The Treasury is the lead agency of the portfolio headed by the Treasurer of New South Wales and the Minister for Industrial Relations, the Hon. Gladys Berejiklian MP.

Other agencies in the portfolio are:

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