Government of New South Wales
State Government
Logo of the Government of New South Wales and its agencies
Coat of Arms of New South Wales
Formation
Founding documentConstitution of New South Wales
State New South Wales
Country Australia
Websitensw.gov.au
Crown
Head of state (sovereign)Monarch (King)
Vice-regal representativeGovernor
SeatGovernment House
Legislative branch
LegislatureParliament of New South Wales
Meeting placeParliament House
Executive branch
Head of governmentPremier
Main bodyNew South Wales Ministry
AppointerGovernor on behalf of the King of Australia in right of the State of New South Wales.
Headquarters52 Martin Place
Chief Secretary's building
Main organExecutive Council of New South Wales
Departments9 departments
Judicial branch
CourtSupreme Court
SeatLaw Courts Building

The Government of New South Wales, also known as the NSW Government, is the Australian state democratic administrative authority of New South Wales. It is currently held by a coalition of the Liberal Party and the National Party. The Government of New South Wales, a parliamentary constitutional monarchy, was formed in 1856 as prescribed in its Constitution, as amended from time to time. Since the Federation of Australia in 1901, New South Wales has been a state of the Commonwealth of Australia, and the Constitution of Australia regulates its relationship with the Commonwealth. Under the Australian Constitution, New South Wales, as with all states, ceded legislative and judicial supremacy to the Commonwealth, but retained powers in all matters not in conflict with the Commonwealth.

Executive and judicial powers

New South Wales is governed according to the principles of the Westminster system, a form of parliamentary government based on the model of the United Kingdom. Legislative power rests with the Parliament of New South Wales, which consists of the Crown, represented by the Governor of New South Wales, and the two Houses, the New South Wales Legislative Council (the upper house) and the New South Wales Legislative Assembly (the lower house). Executive power rests formally with the Executive Council, which consists of the Governor and senior ministers.[1]

The Governor, as representative of the Crown, is the formal repository of power, which is exercised by him or her on the advice of the Premier of New South Wales and the Cabinet. The Premier and Ministers are appointed by the Governor, and hold office by virtue of their ability to command the support of a majority of members of the Legislative Assembly. Judicial power is exercised by the Supreme Court of New South Wales and a system of subordinate courts, but the High Court of Australia and other federal courts have overriding jurisdiction on matters which fall under the ambit of the Australian Constitution.

In 2006, the Sesquicentenary of Responsible Government in New South Wales, the Constitution Amendment Pledge of Loyalty Act 2006 No. 6 was enacted to amend the Constitution Act 1902 to require Members of the New South Wales Parliament and its Ministers to take a pledge of loyalty to Australia and to the people of New South Wales instead of swearing allegiance to the Queen her heirs and successors, and to revise the oaths taken by Executive Councillors.[2] The Act was assented to by the Queen on 3 April 2006.

On 5 June 2012, the Constitution Amendment (Restoration of Oaths of Allegiance) Act 2012 No 33 was assented to and made a further amendment to the Constitution Act 1902, by restoring the option of taking the oath of allegiance to the Queen, her heirs and successors, in addition to the option of taking the pledge of loyalty.[3] The change applies to members of Legislative Council, Legislative Assembly and Executive Council.

Ministries

This section needs to be updated. Please help update this article to reflect recent events or newly available information. (May 2022)

Main articles: Second Perrottet ministry and Shadow Ministry of Chris Minns

The following individuals serve as government ministers, at the pleasure of the King, represented by the Governor of New South Wales. The government ministers are listed in order of seniority as listed on the Parliament of New South Wales website and were sworn on by the Governor with effect from 21 December 2022, while their opposition counterparts are listed to correspond with the government ministers.[4] All Opposition counterparts are members of the Parliament of New South Wales.

Minister Office Portrait Party Opposition
counterpart
Office Portrait Party
Dominic Perrottet Premier
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  Liberal Chris Minns Leader of the Opposition
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  Labor
Paul Toole Deputy Premier
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  National Prue Car Deputy Leader of the Opposition
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  Labor
Minister for Regional New South Wales Mick Veitch MLC Shadow Minister for Regional New South Wales
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  Labor
Minister for Police Walt Secord MLC Shadow Minister for Police   Labor
Matt Kean Treasurer
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  Liberal Daniel Mookhey MLC Shadow Treasurer
Shadow Minister for the Gig Economy
  Labor
Alister Henskens Minister for Enterprise, Investment and Trade   Liberal Anoulack Chanthivong Shadow Minister for Industry and Trade   Labor
Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism David Harris Shadow Minister for Jobs, Investment and Tourism   Labor
Leader of the House Ron Hoenig Manager of Opposition Business   Labor
David Elliott Minister for Transport
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  Liberal Jo Haylen Shadow Minister for Transport
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  Labor
Minister for Western Sydney Greg Warren Shadow Minister for Western Sydney
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  Labor
Damien Tudehope Minister for Employee Relations   Liberal Sophie Cotsis Shadow Minister for Employee Relations   Labor
Ben Franklin Minister for the Arts   National Walt Secord MLC Shadow Minister for Arts and Heritage
Shadow Minister for the North Coast
  Labor
Minister for Aboriginal Affairs David Harris Shadow Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and Treaty
Shadow Minister for the Central Coast
  Labor
Don Harwin Leader of Government Business in the Legislative Council   Liberal Penny Sharpe MLC Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Council
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  Labor
Natasha Maclaren-Jones Minister for Family and Community Services
Minister for Disability Inclusion
  Liberal Kate Washington Shadow Minister for Family and Community Services
Shadow Minister for Disability Inclusion
  Labor
Brad Hazzard Minister for Health and Medical Research
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  Liberal Ryan Park Shadow Minister for Health
Shadow Minister for the Illawara and South Coast
  Labor
Tara Moriarty MLC Shadow Minister for Medical Research   Labor
Minister for Prevention of Domestic and Sexual Violence Jodie Harrison Shadow Minister for Prevention of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault
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  Labor
Anthony Roberts Minister for Planning and Public Spaces
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  Liberal Paul Scully Shadow Minister for Planning and Public Spaces   Labor
Mark Speakman SC Attorney General
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  Liberal Michael Daley Shadow Attorney-General   Labor
Victor Dominello Minister for Customer Service and Digital
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  Liberal Yasmin Catley Shadow Minister for Customer Service and Digital
Shadow Minister for the Hunter
  Labor
Sarah Mitchell MLC Minister for Education and Early Childhood Learning
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  National Prue Car Shadow Minister for Education and Early Childhood Learning
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  Labor
Deputy Leader of the Government in the Legislative Council John Graham MLC Deputy Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Council
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  Labor
Matt Kean Minister for Energy and Environment   Liberal Jihad Dib Shadow Minister for Energy and Climate Change
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  Labor
Penny Sharpe MLC Shadow Minister for the Environment
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  Labor
Tania Mihailuk Shadow Minister for Natural Resources   Labor
Adam Marshall Minister for Agriculture and Western New South Wales
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  National Mick Veitch MLC Shadow Minister for Agriculture
Shadow Minister for Western New South Wales
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  Labor
Anthony Roberts Minister for Counter Terrorism and Corrections
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  Liberal Tara Moriarty MLC Shadow Minister for Corrections and Juvenile Justice   Labor
Walt Secord MLC Shadow Minister for Counter-Terrorism   Labor
Shelley Hancock Minister for Local Government
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  Liberal Greg Warren Shadow Minister for Local Government
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  Labor
Kevin Anderson Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation   National Courtney Houssos MLC Shadow Minister for Better Regulation and Innovation   Labor
Sarah Mitchell Minister for Skills and Tertiary Education
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  National Tim Crakanthorp Shadow Minister for Skills, TAFE and Tertiary Education   Labor
Natalie Ward MLC Minister for Sport, Multiculturalism, Seniors and Veterans   Liberal Julia Finn Shadow Minister for Sport   Labor
Steve Kamper Shadow Minister for Multiculturalism   Labor
Greg Warren Shadow Minister for Veterans
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  Labor
Jodie Harrison Shadow Minister for Seniors
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  Labor
Bronwyn Taylor MLC Minister for Mental Health, Regional Youth and Women   National Shadow Minister for Womens
Ryan Park Shadow Minister for Mental Health   Labor
Julia Finn Shadow Minister for Youth   Labor
Damien Tudehope MLC Minister for Finance and Small Business   Liberal Anoulack Chanthivong Shadow Minister for Finance   Labor
Steve Kamper Shadow Minister for Small Business   Labor

See also

References

  1. ^ "The Executive Council". www.parliament.nsw.gov.au. Retrieved 31 January 2018.
  2. ^ Pledge of Loyalty Act 2006 (NSW)
  3. ^ "Constitution Amendment (Restoration of Oaths of Allegiance) Bill 2012". Legislation NSW. 5 June 2012. Retrieved 26 June 2019.
  4. ^ "Shadow Ministry". Members. Parliament of New South Wales. January 2017. Retrieved 19 January 2018.