Minister for Education (New South Wales)

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Minister for Education
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Incumbent
Rob Stokes

since 30 January 2017
Department of Education
Style The Honourable
Nominator Premier of New South Wales
Appointer Governor of New South Wales
Inaugural holder John Plunkett
(as the Chairman of the Board of National Education)
Formation 15 July 1848
Website Department of Education
Assistant Minister for Education
Minister for Early Childhood Education
Minister for Aboriginal Affairs
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Incumbent
Sarah Mitchell

since 30 January 2017
Department of Education
Aboriginal Affairs NSW
Style The Honourable
Nominator Premier of New South Wales
Appointer Governor of New South Wales
Inaugural holder John Daniel FitzGerald
(as the Assistant Minister for Public Instruction)
Formation 4 April 1916

The New South Wales Minister for Education is a minister in the New South Wales Government and has responsibilities that includes all schools and institutes of higher education in New South Wales, Australia.

The current Minister for Education is Rob Stokes, since 30 January 2017. He is assisted by the Assistant Minister for Education, the Minister for Early Childhood Education, and the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, currently Sarah Mitchell, also since 30 January 2017.[1] Together, the ministers administer the portfolio through the Department of Education, Aboriginal Affairs NSW, and a range of other government agencies.

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 administered the portfolio through the 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 or any previous titles.[6]

Board of National Education/Council of Education[edit]

Office-holder[7] Party affiliation Office title Term start Term end Time in office
John Plunkett No party Chairman of the Board of National Education 15 July 1848 1 February 1858 9 years, 201 days
Sir Charles Nicholson 1 February 1858 31 December 1858 333 days
George Holden 1 January 1859 31 December 1859 364 days
Sir Charles Nicholson 1 January 1860 31 December 1860 365 days
George Holden 1 January 1861 31 December 1866 5 years, 364 days
Henry Parkes President of the Council of Education 1 January 1867 14 October 1870 3 years, 286 days
John Smith 14 October 1870 14 July 1871 273 days
George Wigram Allen 14 July 1871 1 January 1872 171 days
John Smith 1 January 1872 30 April 1880 8 years, 120 days

Ministers for Education[edit]

Minister Party affiliation Ministerial title Term start Term end Time in office
George Wigram Allen No party Minister for Justice and Public Instruction 9 December 1873 8 February 1875 1 year, 61 days
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 Minister for Public Instruction 1 May 1880 10 November 1881
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 20 December 1921 0 days
Thomas Mutch Labor 20 December 1921 – 13 April 1922
Albert Bruntnell Nationalist 13 April 1922 17 June 1925
Thomas Mutch Labor Minister for Education 17 June 1925 26 May 1927
Billy Davies Minister for Public Instruction 27 May 1927 18 October 1927
David Drummond Country Minister for Education 18 October 1927 3 November 1930
Billy Davies Labor 4 November 1930 15 October 1931 1 year, 191 days
Labor (NSW) 15 October 1931 13 May 1932
David Drummond Country 16 May 1932 13 May 1941 8 years, 362 days
Clive Evatt Labor 13 May 1941 8 June 1944 3 years, 26 days
Robert Heffron 8 June 1944 31 May 1960 15 years, 358 days
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 Minister for Education and Youth Affairs 25 March 1988 24 July 1990
Virginia Chadwick Minister for School Education and Youth Affairs 24 July 1990 26 May 1993 4 years, 254 days
Minister for Education, Training and Youth Affairs 26 May 1993 4 April 1995
John Aquilina Labor Minister for Education and Training 4 April 1995 21 November 2001 6 years, 231 days
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 Minister for Education 3 April 2011 30 January 2017 5 years, 302 days
Rob Stokes Liberal 30 January 2017 incumbent 53 days

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 Ministerial title Term start Term end Time in office
John Daniel FitzGerald Labor Assistant Minister for Public Instruction 4 April 1916 18 July 1916 105 days
Wal Fife Liberal Assistant Minister for Education 13 May 1965 27 June 1967 2 years, 45 days
Bob Debus Labor Assistant Minister for Education 4 July 1986 21 March 1988 11 years, 260 days
Kerry Chikarovski Liberal Assistant Minister for Education 3 July 1992 26 May 1993 327 days
Victor Dominello Liberal Assistant Minister for Education 23 April 2014 2 April 2015 344 days
Leslie Williams National Assistant Minister for Education
Minister for Early Childhood Education
2 April 2015 30 January 2017 1 year, 303 days
Sarah Mitchell 30 January 2017 incumbent 53 days

Former ministerial titles[edit]

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. ^ Vukovic, Dom; Gerathy, Sarah; McDonald, Philippa (29 January 2017). "NSW Cabinet reshuffle: Premier Gladys Berejiklian announces big changes to front bench". ABC News. Australia. Retrieved 29 January 2017. 
  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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