Minister for Education (New South Wales)

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Minister for Education
Coat of Arms of New South Wales.svg
Adrian Piccoli.jpg
Incumbent
Adrian Piccoli

since 3 April 2011
Department of Education
Style The Honourable
Nominator Premier of New South Wales
Appointer Governor of New South Wales
Inaugural holder John Plunkett
as Chairman of the Board of National Education
Formation 15 July 1848
Deputy Leslie Williams
(Assistant Minister, Early Childhood, Aboriginal Affairs)
Website Department of Education

The New South Wales Minister for Education is a Minister of the Crown in the New South Wales Government and has responsibilities that includes all schools and institutes of higher education in NSW. He is the head of the Department of Education.

The current Minister for Education is Adrian Piccoli (Nationals) and is assisted by the Assistant Minister for Education, Minister for Early Childhood Education, and Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Leslie Williams (Nationals).[1]

Office history[edit]

The role of administering the education system in New South Wales began with the passing by the New South Wales Legislative Council of the National Education Board Act 1848, which emulated the 'National' system of education established in Ireland by Lord Stanley in 1831 through the Stanley letter. The Act established the Board of National Education with a Chairman of the Board appointed by the board members.[2] The Board was abolished by the colonial government of Henry Parkes in 1866 with the passing of the Public Schools Act 1866 and its functions were replaced by the Council of Education.[3]

Originally the bill for the act had included a measure to attach the role of President of the Council of Education ex officio to the Colonial Secretary. This measure was deleted in committee stage and the role of President was to be elected by the members of the council. This came to be seen by the first president, Parkes, as an indispensable way in which to protect the independence of the fledgling education system in the colony.[4] From 1873, with the independence of the role of President well established, the responsibility for education within the Parliament was held by the Minister for Justice and Public Instruction.

However this situation did not last and the independent council was abolished with the passing of the Public Instruction Act 1880 by Sir Henry Parkes' third government. The act dissolved the Council of Education and transferred its responsibilities to a new Minister for Public Instruction, who had the role of establishing for the first time a well-structured system of public education throughout the colony. The Minister now administered their portfolio through the new Department of Public Instruction, which became the "Department of Education" in 1915.[5] TAFE NSW, while previously an Education responsibility, is now the responsibility of the Minister for Skills, John Barilaro, since 2015.

List of Ministers[edit]

The following individuals have been appointed Minister for Education.[6]

Board of National Education/Council of Education[edit]

Office-holder[7] Party affiliation Period Ministerial title
John Plunkett No party 15 July 1848 – 1 February 1858 Chairman of the Board of National Education
Sir Charles Nicholson 1 February 1858 – 31 December 1858
George Holden 1 January 1859 – 31 December 1859
Sir Charles Nicholson 1 January 1860 – 31 December 1860
George Holden 1 January 1861 – 31 December 1866
Henry Parkes 1 January 1867 – 14 October 1870 President of the Council of Education
John Smith 14 October 1870 – 14 July 1871
George Wigram Allen 14 July 1871 – 1 January 1872
John Smith 1 January 1872 – 30 April 1880

Ministers for Education[edit]

Minister Party affiliation Period Ministerial title
George Wigram Allen No party 9 December 1873 – 8 February 1875 Minister for Justice and Public Instruction
Joseph Docker 9 February 1875 – 21 March 1877
Francis Suttor 22 March 1877 – 16 August 1877
John Lackey 17 August 1877 – 17 December 1877
Joseph Leary 18 December 1877 – 20 December 1878
Francis Suttor 21 December 1878 – 30 April 1880
Sir John Robertson 1 May 1880 – 10 November 1881 Minister for Public Instruction
Francis Suttor 14 November 1881 – 4 January 1883
George Reid 5 January 1883 – 6 March 1884
William Trickett 2 May 1884 – 21 December 1885
James Young 22 December 1885 – 25 February 1886
Arthur Renwick 26 February 1886 – 19 January 1887
James Inglis Free Trade 20 January 1887 – 16 January 1889
Francis Suttor Protectionist 17 January 1889 – 7 March 1889
Joseph Carruthers Free Trade 8 March 1889 – 22 October 1891
Francis Suttor Protectionist 23 October 1891 – 2 August 1894
Jacob Garrard Free Trade 3 August 1894 – 15 August 1898
James Hogue 27 August 1898 – 13 September 1899
John Perry Protectionist 14 September 1899 – 14 June 1904
John Fegan Free Trade 15 June 1904 – 29 August 1904
Broughton O'Conor Liberal Reform 30 August 1904 – 13 May 1907
James Hogue 14 May 1907 – 20 October 1910
George Beeby Labor 21 October 1910 – 10 September 1911
Ambrose Carmichael 11 September 1911 – 26 November 1911
Frederick Flowers 27 November 1911 – 29 February 1912
Ambrose Carmichael 1 March 1912 – 5 March 1915
William Holman 6 March 1915 – 15 March 1915
Arthur Griffith 15 March 1915 – 7 November 1916
Augustus James Nationalist 15 November 1916 – 12 April 1920
Thomas Mutch Labor 13 April 1920 – 20 December 1921
Thomas Ley Nationalist 20 December 1921
Thomas Mutch Labor 20 December 1921 – 13 April 1922
Albert Bruntnell Nationalist 13 April 1922 – 17 June 1925
Thomas Mutch Labor 17 June 1925 – 26 May 1927 Minister for Education
Billy Davies 27 May 1927 – 18 October 1927 Minister for Public Instruction
David Drummond Country 18 October 1927 – 3 November 1930 Minister for Education
Billy Davies Labor 4 November 1930 – 15 October 1931
Labor (NSW) 15 October 1931 – 13 May 1932
David Drummond Country 16 May 1932 – 16 May 1941
Clive Evatt Labor 13 May 1941 – 8 June 1944
Robert Heffron 8 June 1944 – 31 May 1960
Ernest Wetherell 31 May 1960 – 13 May 1965
Sir Charles Cutler Country 13 May 1965 – 19 June 1972
Sir Eric Willis Liberal 19 June 1972 – 23 January 1976
Neil Pickard 23 January 1976 – 14 May 1976
Eric Bedford Labor 14 May 1976 – 29 February 1980
Paul Landa 29 February 1980 – 2 October 1981
Ron Mulock 2 October 1981 – 10 February 1984
Eric Bedford 10 February 1984 – 5 April 1984
Rodney Cavalier 5 April 1984 – 21 March 1988
Terry Metherell Liberal 25 March 1988 – 24 July 1990 Minister for Education and Youth Affairs
Virginia Chadwick 24 July 1990 – 26 May 1993 Minister for School Education and Youth Affairs
26 May 1993 – 4 April 1995 Minister for Education, Training and Youth Affairs
John Aquilina Labor 4 April 1995 – 21 November 2001 Minister for Education and Training
John Watkins 21 November 2001 – 2 April 2003
Andrew Refshauge 2 April 2003 – 21 January 2005
Carmel Tebbutt 21 January 2005 – 2 April 2007
John Della Bosca 2 April 2007 – 8 September 2008
Verity Firth 8 September 2008 – 28 March 2011
Adrian Piccoli National 3 April 2011 – present Minister for Education

Assistant Ministers[edit]

Occasionally, an Assistant Minister for Education would be appointed to assist the minister and act as a deputy.[6]

Minister Party affiliation Period Ministerial title
John Daniel FitzGerald Labor 4 April 1916 – 18 July 1916 Assistant Minister for Public Instruction
Office not in use N/A N/A N/A
Wallace Fife Liberal 13 May 1965 – 27 June 1967 Assistant Minister for Education
Office not in use N/A N/A N/A
Bob Debus Labor 4 July 1986 – 21 March 1988 Assistant Minister for Education
Office not in use N/A N/A N/A
Kerry Chikarovski Liberal 3 July 1992 – 26 May 1993 Assistant Minister for Education
Office not in use N/A N/A N/A
Victor Dominello Liberal 23 April 2014 – 2 April 2015 Assistant Minister for Education
Leslie Williams National 2 April 2015 – present Assistant Minister for Education
Minister for Early Childhood Education

Volunteering[edit]

Minister Party affiliation Period Ministerial title
Linda Burney Labor 2 April 2007 – 5 September 2008 Minister for Volunteering
Graham West 8 September 2008 – 4 December 2009
Peter Primrose 4 December 2009 – 28 March 2011

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hasham, Nicole (3 April 2015). "Premier Mike Baird's new NSW cabinet sworn in: Gladys Berejiklian and Gabrielle Upton first female Treasurer and Attorney-General". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 6 April 2015. 
  2. ^ "Board of National Education". NSW State Records. NSW Government. Retrieved 17 September 2015. 
  3. ^ "Council of Education". NSW State Records. NSW Government. Retrieved 17 September 2015. 
  4. ^ Manzer, Ronald A. (2003). Educational Regimes and Anglo-American Democracy. Toronto: University of Toronto Press. p. 389. 
  5. ^ "Department of Public Instruction (1880-1915) Department of Education (1915-1989) Department of School Education (1989-1997)". NSW State Records. NSW Government. Retrieved 17 September 2015. 
  6. ^ a b "NSW Parliamentary Record (11 August 1824 - November 2007)" (PDF). Legislative Council and Legislative Assembly. Parliament of New South Wales. VIII. November 2007. Retrieved 25 April 2014. 
  7. ^ "Government Schools of New South Wales form 1848 - Ministers". Department of Education. NSW Government. Retrieved 17 September 2015. 

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