List of New South Wales government agencies

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Emblem of the New South Wales Government and its agencies.

Government in New South Wales is delivered by a number of agencies, grouped under areas of portfolio responsibility. Each portfolio is led by a government minister who is a member of the Parliament of New South Wales, appointed by the Governor as the representative of the Crown.

The agencies are principally grouped as nine clusters or 'principal departments', each led by a secretary or 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. These arrangements commenced in April 2011, following an earlier regrouping into thirteen 'super departments' from July 2009.

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 were updated in 2004 as a result of the State Arms, Symbols and Emblems Act 2004.,[1] that required the replacement of the British Coat of Arms with the emblem of New South Wales, pictured right.

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.

Education and Communities[edit]

The Department of Education is the lead agency responsible to the Minister for Education, the Hon. Rob Stokes MP. The minister is supported by the Minister for Early Childhood Education, the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and the Assistant Minister for Education, presently the Hon. Sarah Mitchell MLC. The chief executive of the department, called Secretary, is Mark Scott.

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, the Minister for Social Housing, and the Minister for Prevention of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, presently the Hon. Pru Goward MP. She is supported by the Minister for Housing, presently the Hon. Anthony Roberts MP; and the Minister for Ageing and the Minister for Women, presently the Hon. Tanya Davies MP; and the Minister for Multiculturalism and the Minister for Disability Services, presently the Hon. Ray Williams MP.

Other agencies in this portfolio include:

Finance, Services and Innovation[edit]

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

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 and the Minister for Medical Research, presently the Hon. Brad Hazzard MP. The minister is supported by the Minister for Mental Health and the Minister for Women, presently the Hon. Tanya Davies MP. The chief executive of the ministry, called Secretary, is Elizabeth Koff.

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.

Industry, Skills and Regional Development[edit]

The Department of Industry, Skills and Regional Development is the lead agency of the portfolio headed by the Deputy Premier, the Minister for Regional New South Wales, Minister for Skills and Minister for Small Business, presently the Hon. John Barilaro MP. He is supported by the Minister for Primary Industries, Minister for Regional Water, Minister for Trade and Industry, presently the Hon. Niall Blair MLC; by the Minister for Resources, Energy and Utilities, presently the Hon. Don Harwin MLC; by the Minister for Lands and Forestry and the Minister for Racing, presently the Hon. Paul Toole MP; and by the Assistant Minister for Skills, presently the Hon. Adam Marshall MP.

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

Primary Industries[edit]

The Department of Primary Industries, technically a division of the NSW Department of Industry, is the lead agency of this division, headed by its Director General, Dr Richard Sheldrake, under the leadership of Minister Blair 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:

Justice[edit]

The Department of Justice is the lead agency in this portfolio responsible to the the Attorney General of New South Wales, presently the Hon. Mark Speakman SC, MP. Assisting the Minister in the administration of the portfolio is the Minister for Police and Minister for Emergency Services, presently the Hon. Troy Grant MP, and the Minister for Counter Terrorism, the Minister for Corrections, and the Minister for Veterans Affairs, presently the Hon. David Elliott 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 Police and Minister for Emergency Services, presently the Hon. Troy Grant MP.

The other agencies that are part of this portfolio include:

Planning and Environment[edit]

The Department of Planning and Environment is the lead agency of the portfolio reporting to the Minister for Planning, the Minister for Housing, and the Special Minister of State, currently the Hon. Anthony Roberts MP. The Minister is assisted in the administration of the portfolio by the Minister for the Environment, the Minister for Local Government, and the Minister for Heritage, presently the Hon. Gabrielle Upton MP.

Other agencies within this department include:

Environment and Heritage[edit]

The Office of Environment and Heritage is the principal agency in this division with responsibility for the environment and climate change and for heritage.

Other agencies within this office include:

Local Government[edit]

The Office of Local Government is the principal agency in this division, established on 24 February 2014,[4] that supervises the state's local government authorities and other legislation.

Other agencies within this division include:

Premier and Cabinet[edit]

The Department of Premier and Cabinet is the lead agency of the portfolio reporting to the Premier, Gladys Berejiklian. The Department is led by its Secretary, presently Blair Comley PSM. In the Premier's absence, the Premier's responsibilities are delegated to the Deputy Premier, John Barilaro. The Premier is assisted in the administration of the portfolio by the Minister for Sport, presently the Hon. Stuart Ayres MP and the Minister for Veterans Affairs, presently the Hon. David Elliott MP.

Other agencies within this department include:

Office of Sport[edit]

The Office of Sport includes:

Transport[edit]

The Department of Transport, known as 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. Melinda Pavey MP. The authority is a separate entity from the New South Wales Department of Transport.[5] The chief executive officer, called Secretary, for the agency is Tim Reardon.[6]

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. Dominic Perrottet MP. The Treasury is led by its Secretary, Rob Whitfield.

Other agencies in the portfolio are:

References[edit]

  1. ^ "State Arms, Symbols and Emblems Act 2004.". Parliament of New South Wales. March 2004. Retrieved 2007-06-05. 
  2. ^ https://homewarranty.nsw.gov.au/portal/server.pt/community/a%3Bhome/255
  3. ^ https://riskinsite.nsw.gov.au/portal/server.pt/community/about_us/267
  4. ^ "Annual Report, February 2014 - June 2014" (PDF). Office of Local Government. Government of New South Wales. 30 October 2014. Retrieved 18 February 2017. 
  5. ^ "Annual Report for the Department of Transport" (PDF). Government of New South Wales. 2014. Retrieved 11 April 2015. 
  6. ^ "Officials Committee".