Minister for Families, Communities and Disability Services

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Minister for Families, Communities and Disability Services
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Incumbent
Gareth Ward

since 2 April 2019 (2019-04-02)
Department of Family and Community Services and Justice
StyleThe Honourable
AppointerGovernor of New South Wales
Inaugural holder
Formation22 August 1935 – Family and Communities Services
4 April 1995 – Disability Services
Minister for Mental Health, Regional Youth and Women
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Incumbent
Bronwyn Taylor

since 2 April 2019 (2019-04-02)
StyleThe Honourable
AppointerGovernor of New South Wales
Inaugural holder
Formation10 August 2005 – Mental Health
15 March 1956 – Youth
26 May 1993 – Women

The New South Wales Minister for Families, Communities and Disability Services is a minister of the Government of New South Wales with responsibility for social policy and welfare, including matters relating to ageing, disability, housing and social housing, women's affairs in the state of New South Wales, Australia.

The current Minister for Families, Communities and Disability Services is Gareth Ward. Ward is assisted by Bronwyn Taylor as the Minister for Mental Health, Regional Youth and Women. Both ministers were sworn in on 2 April 2019.[1]

Collectively the ministers administer the portfolio through the Department of Family and Community Services and Justice and a range of other government agencies. In addition, the Minister for Mental Health, Regional Youth and Women administers the mental health component of her portfolio through the Ministry of Health.[2]

List of ministers[edit]

Families, communities and disability services[edit]

Minister Party affiliation Ministerial title Term start Term end Time in office Notes
Herbert Hawkins United Australia Minister for Social Services 22 August 1935 13 October 1938 3 years, 52 days
Athol Richardson 13 October 1938 5 August 1939 307 days
Minister for Labour and Industry and Social Services 5 August 1939 16 August 1939
George Gollan 16 August 1939 16 May 1941 1 year, 273 days
Hamilton Knight Labor 16 May 1941 6 February 1947 6 years, 166 days
Minister for Labour and Industry and Social Welfare 6 February 1947 29 October 1947
Jack Baddeley 29 October 1947 9 March 1948 132 days
Frank Finnan 9 March 1948 30 June 1950 4 years, 351 days
Minister for Social Welfare 30 June 1950 23 February 1953
Abe Landa 23 February 1953 15 March 1956 3 years, 21 days
Frank Hawkins Minister for Social Welfare
Minister for Child Welfare
15 March 1956 13 May 1965 9 years, 59 days
Arthur Bridges Liberal 13 May 1965 22 May 1968 3 years, 9 days
Harry Jago 23 May 1968 3 September 1968 104 days
Frederick Hewitt 3 September 1968 11 March 1971 2 years, 189 days
John Lloyd Waddy 11 March 1971 17 January 1973 2 years, 267 days
Minister for Youth and Community Services 17 January 1973 3 December 1973
Dick Healey 3 December 1973 3 January 1975 1 year, 31 days
Steve Mauger Minister for Youth, Ethnic and Community Affairs 3 January 1975 23 January 1976 1 year, 20 days
Jim Clough 23 January 1976 14 May 1976 112 days
Rex Jackson Labor Minister for Youth and Community Services 14 May 1976 2 October 1981 5 years, 141 days
Kevin Stewart 2 October 1981 1 February 1983 1 year, 122 days
Frank Walker 1 February 1983 6 February 1986 3 years, 5 days
Peter Anderson 6 February 1986 4 July 1986 148 days
John Aquilina 4 July 1986 25 March 1988 1 year, 265 days
Virginia Chadwick Liberal Minister for Family and Community Services 25 March 1988 24 July 1990 2 years, 121 days
Robert Webster National 24 July 1990 6 June 1991 317 days
John Hannaford Liberal Minister for Health and Community Services 6 June 1991 24 June 1992 1 year, 18 days
Jim Longley Minister for Community Services 24 June 1992 4 April 1995 2 years, 284 days
Ron Dyer Labor 4 April 1995 1 December 1997 2 years, 241 days
Faye Lo Po' 1 December 1997 2 April 2003 5 years, 122 days
Carmel Tebbutt 2 April 2003 21 January 2005 1 year, 294 days
Reba Meagher 21 January 2005 2 April 2007 2 years, 71 days
Kevin Greene 2 April 2007 8 September 2008 1 year, 159 days
Linda Burney 8 September 2008 28 March 2011 2 years, 207 days
Pru Goward Liberal Minister for Family and Community Services 3 April 2011 23 April 2014 3 years, 20 days
Gabrielle Upton 23 April 2014 2 April 2015 344 days
Brad Hazzard 2 April 2015 30 January 2017 1 year, 303 days [3]
Pru Goward 30 January 2017 (2017-01-30) 26 March 2019 (2019-03-26) 2 years, 55 days [4]
Gareth Ward Minister for Families, Communities and Disability Services 2 April 2019 (2019-04-02) incumbent 162 days [1]

Mental health, regional youth and women[edit]

Minister Party affiliation Ministerial title Term start Term end Time in office Notes
Kerry Chikarovski Liberal Minister for the Status of Women 26 May 1993 4 April 1995 1 year, 313 days
Faye Lo Po' Labor Minister for Women 4 April 1995 2 April 2003 7 years, 363 days
Sandra Nori 2 April 2003 2 April 2007 4 years, 0 days
Verity Firth 2 April 2007 14 September 2009 2 years, 165 days
Linda Burney 14 September 2009 4 December 2009 81 days
Jodi McKay 8 December 2009 28 March 2011 1 year, 110 days
Pru Goward Liberal 3 April 2011 30 January 2017 5 years, 302 days
Tanya Davies 30 January 2017 23 March 2019 (2019-03-23) 2 years, 52 days [4]
Bronwyn Taylor Nationals Minister for Mental Health, Regional Youth and Women 2 April 2019 (2019-04-02) incumbent 162 days [1]

Former ministerial titles[edit]

Disability services[edit]

Minister Party affiliation Ministerial title Term start Term end Time in office Notes
Ron Dyer Labor Minister for Disability Services 4 April 1995 1 December 1997 2 years, 241 days
Faye Lo Po' 1 December 1997 2 April 2003 5 years, 122 days
Carmel Tebbutt 2 April 2003 21 January 2005 1 year, 294 days
John Della Bosca 21 January 2005 2 April 2007 2 years, 71 days
Kristina Keneally 2 April 2007 8 September 2009 2 years, 159 days
Paul Lynch 8 September 2009 28 March 2011 1 year, 201 days
Andrew Constance Liberal 3 April 2011 23 April 2014 3 years, 20 days
John Ajaka 23 April 2014 30 January 2017 (2017-01-30) 2 years, 282 days [3]
Ray Williams 30 January 2017 (2017-01-30) 23 March 2019 (2019-03-23) 2 years, 52 days [4]

Mental health[edit]

Minister Party affiliation Ministerial title Term start Term end Time in office
Cherie Burton Labor Minister Assisting the Minister for Health (Mental Health) 10 August 2005 2 April 2007 1 year, 235 days
Paul Lynch 2 April 2007 5 September 2008 1 year, 154 days
Barbara Perry Labor Minister Assisting the Minister for Health (Mental Health) 8 September 2009 28 March 2011 1 year, 201 days
Kevin Humphries National Minister for Mental Health 4 April 2011 23 April 2014 3 years, 19 days
Jai Rowell Liberal 23 April 2014 2 April 2015 344 days
Pru Goward 2 April 2015 30 January 2017 1 year, 303 days
Tanya Davies 30 January 2017 23 March 2019 (2019-03-23) 2 years, 52 days

Youth[edit]

Minister Party affiliation Period Ministerial title
Frank Hawkins Labor 15 March 1956 – 13 May 1965 Minister for Child Welfare
Minister for Social Welfare
Arthur Bridges Liberal 13 May 1965 – 22 May 1968
Harry Jago 23 May 1968 – 3 September 1968
Frederick Hewitt 3 September 1968 – 11 March 1971
John Lloyd Waddy 11 March 1971 – 17 January 1973
17 January 1973 – 3 December 1973 Minister for Youth and Community Services
Dick Healey 3 December 1973 – 3 January 1975
Steve Mauger 3 January 1975 – 23 January 1976 Minister for Youth, Ethnic and Community Affairs
Jim Clough 23 January 1976 – 14 May 1976
Rex Jackson Labor 14 May 1976 – 2 October 1981 Minister for Youth and Community Services
Kevin Stewart 2 October 1981 – 1 February 1983
Frank Walker 1 February 1983 – 6 February 1986
Peter Anderson 6 February 1986 – 4 July 1986
John Aquilina 4 July 1986 – 25 March 1988
Terry Metherell Liberal 25 March 1988 – 20 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 26 July 1995 – 8 April 1999 Minister Assisting the Premier on Youth Affairs
Carmel Tebbutt 8 April 1999 – 2 April 2003
2 April 2003 – 21 January 2005 Minister for Youth
Reba Meagher 21 January 2005 – 2 April 2007
Linda Burney 2 April 2007 – 8 September 2008
Graham West 8 September 2008 – 8 December 2009
Peter Primrose 8 December 2009 – 28 March 2011

Assisting ministers[edit]

Minister Party affiliation Ministerial title Term start Term end Time in office
Morris Iemma Labor Minister Assisting the Premier on Citizenship 8 April 1999 2 April 2003 3 years, 359 days
John Hatzistergos 2 April 2003 3 August 2005 2 years, 123 days
Milton Orkopoulos 3 August 2005 8 November 2006 1 year, 97 days
Reba Meagher 8 November 2006 2 April 2007 145 days
Graham West 2 April 2007 11 April 2007 9 days
Barbara Perry 11 April 2007 5 September 2008 1 year, 147 days

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Government Notices (30)" (PDF). Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales. 2 April 2019. p. 1088-1090. Retrieved 3 April 2019.
  2. ^ "Administrative Arrangements (Administrative Changes—Public Service Agencies) Order 2019 [NSW] (159)" (PDF). Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales. 2 April 2019. p. 7-8. Retrieved 4 April 2019.
  3. ^ a b 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.
  4. ^ a b c "Refreshed NSW cabinet sworn in". Sky News. Australia. AAP. 30 January 2017. Retrieved 30 January 2017.