Premier of New South Wales
Incumbent
Dominic Perrottet

since 5 October 2021
Department of Premier and Cabinet
Style
StatusHead of Government
Member ofNew South Wales Legislative Assembly
Reports toParliament
AppointerGovernor of New South Wales
by convention, based on appointee's ability to command confidence in the Legislative Assembly
Term lengthAt the Governor's pleasure
contingent on the premier's ability to command confidence in the lower house of Parliament
Constituting instrumentNone (constitutional convention)
Formation6 June 1856
First holderStuart Donaldson
DeputyDeputy Premier of New South Wales

The Premier of New South Wales is the head of government in the state of New South Wales, Australia. The Government of New South Wales follows the Westminster Parliamentary System, with a Parliament of New South Wales acting as the legislature. The premier is appointed by the Governor of New South Wales, and by modern convention holds office by his or her ability to command the support of a majority of members of the lower house of Parliament, the Legislative Assembly.

Before Federation in 1901 the term "Prime Minister of New South Wales" was also used. "Premier" has been used more or less exclusively from 1901, to avoid confusion with the federal Prime Minister of Australia.[1][2]

The current premier is Dominic Perrottet, the Leader of the New South Wales Liberal Party, who assumed office on 5 October 2021. Perrottet replaced Gladys Berejiklian on 5 October 2021, after Berejiklian resigned as premier.[3]

List of premiers of New South Wales

No. Name
(lifespan)
Portrait Assumed office Left office Term of office Party Constituency Ministry Election(s)
1 Stuart Donaldson
(1812–1867)
6 June 1856 25 August 1856 80 days No party Sydney Hamlets Donaldson 1856
2 Charles Cowper
(1807–1875)
26 August 1856 2 October 1856 37 days No party Sydney Cowper I
3 Henry Parker
(1808–1881)
3 October 1856 7 September 1857 339 days No party Parramatta Parker
(2) II Charles Cowper
(1807–1875)
7 September 1857 26 October 1859 2 years, 49 days No party Sydney
East Sydney
Cowper II 1858
4 William Forster
(1818–1882)
27 October 1859 9 March 1860 1 year, 165 days No party Queanbeyan Forster 1859
5 John Robertson
(1816–1891)
9 March 1860 9 January 1861 306 days No party Upper Hunter Robertson I
(2) III Charles Cowper
(1807–1875)
10 January 1861 15 October 1863 2 years, 278 days No party East Sydney Cowper III 1860
6 James Martin
(1820–1886)
16 October 1863 2 February 1865 1 year, 109 days No party Tumut
Monaro
Martin I
(2) IV Charles Cowper
(1807–1875)
3 February 1865 21 January 1866 352 days No party East Sydney Cowper IV 1864–65
(6) II James Martin
(1820–1886)
22 January 1866 26 October 1868 2 years, 278 days No party Lachlan Martin II
(5) II John Robertson
(1816–1891)
27 October 1868 12 January 1870 1 year, 77 days No party Clarence
West Sydney
Robertson II
(2) V Charles Cowper
(1807–1875)
13 January 1870 15 December 1870 336 days No party Liverpool Plains Cowper V 1869–70
(6) III Sir James Martin
(1820–1886)
16 December 1870 13 May 1872 1 year, 149 days No party East Sydney
East Macquarie
Martin III
7 Henry Parkes
(1815–1896)
14 May 1872 8 February 1875 2 years, 270 days No party East Sydney Parkes I 1872
(5) III John Robertson
(1816–1891)
9 February 1875 21 March 1877 2 years, 40 days No party West Sydney Robertson III 1874–75
(7) II Henry Parkes
(1815–1896)
22 March 1877 16 August 1877 175 days No party East Sydney
Canterbury
Parkes II
(5) IV Sir John Robertson
(1816–1891)
17 August 1877 17 December 1877 122 days No party West Sydney
East Macquarie
Mudgee
Robertson IV
8 James Farnell
(1825–1888)
18 December 1877 20 December 1878 1 year, 2 days No party St Leonards Farnell 1877
(7) III Sir Henry Parkes
(1815–1896)
21 December 1878 4 January 1883 4 years, 14 days No party Canterbury
East Sydney
Tenterfield
Parkes III 1880
9 Alexander Stuart
(1824–1886)
5 January 1883 6 October 1885 2 years, 274 days No party Illawarra Stuart 1882
10 George Dibbs
(1834–1904)
7 October 1885 21 December 1885 75 days No party St Leonards
Murrumbidgee
Dibbs I 1885
(5) V Sir John Robertson
(1816–1891)
22 December 1885 22 February 1886 62 days No party Mudgee Robertson V
11 Sir Patrick Jennings
(1831–1897)
26 February 1886 19 January 1887 327 days No party Bogan Jennings
(7) IV Sir Henry Parkes
(1815–1896)
25 January 1887 16 January 1889 1 year, 357 days Free Trade St Leonards Parkes IV 1887
(10) II George Dibbs
(1834–1904)
17 January 1889 7 March 1889 49 days Protectionist Murrumbidgee Dibbs II
(7) V Sir Henry Parkes
(1815–1896)
8 March 1889 23 October 1891 2 years, 229 days Free Trade St Leonards Parkes V 1889

1891

(10) III George Dibbs
(1834–1904)
23 October 1891 2 August 1894 2 years, 283 days Protectionist Murrumbidgee Dibbs III
12 George Reid
(1845–1918)
3 August 1894 13 September 1899 5 years, 41 days Free Trade East Sydney
Sydney-King
Reid 1894
1895
1898
13 Sir William Lyne
(1844–1913)
14 September 1899 27 March 1901 1 year, 194 days Protectionist Hume Lyne
14 Sir John See
(1844–1907)
28 March 1901 14 June 1904 3 years, 78 days Progressive Grafton See 1901
15 Thomas Waddell
(1854–1940)
15 June 1904 29 August 1904 75 days Progressive Cowra Waddell
16 Sir Joseph Carruthers
(1857–1932)
29 August 1904 1 October 1907 3 years, 33 days Liberal Reform St George Carruthers 1904

1907

17 Charles Wade
(1863–1922)
2 October 1907 1 October 1910 2 years, 364 days Liberal Reform Gordon Wade
18 James McGowen
(1855–1922)
21 October 1910 29 June 1913 2 years, 251 days Labor Redfern McGowen 1910
19 William Holman
(1871–1934)
30 June 1913 15 November 1916 6 years, 287 days Labor Cootamundra Holman I 1913

1917

(19) 15 November 1916 12 April 1920 Nationalist Holman II
20 John Storey
(1869–1921)
13 April 1920 5 October 1921 1 year, 175 days Labor Balmain Storey 1920
21 James Dooley
(1877–1950)
5 October 1921 20 December 1921 76 days Labor Bathurst Dooley I
22 Sir George Fuller
(1861–1940)
20 December 1921 20 December 1921 0 days Nationalist Wollondilly Fuller I
(21) II James Dooley
(1877–1950)
20 December 1921 13 April 1922 114 days Labor Bathurst Dooley II
(22) II Sir George Fuller
(1861–1940)
13 April 1922 17 June 1925 3 years, 55 days Nationalist Wollondilly Fuller II 1922
23 Jack Lang
(1876–1975)
17 June 1925 18 October 1927 2 years, 123 days Labor Parramatta Lang I
Lang II
1925
24 Thomas Bavin
(1874–1941)
18 October 1927 4 November 1930 3 years, 17 days Nationalist Gordon Bavin 1927
(23) II Jack Lang
(1876–1975)
4 November 1930 16 May 1932 1 year, 194 days Labor Auburn Lang III 1930
25 Bertram Stevens
(1889–1973)
16 May 1932 5 August 1939 7 years, 81 days United Australia Croydon Stevens I
Stevens II
Stevens III
1932
1935
1938
26 Alexander Mair
(1889–1969)
5 August 1939 16 May 1941 1 year, 284 days United Australia Albury Mair
27 William McKell
(1891–1985)
16 May 1941 6 February 1947 5 years, 266 days Labor Redfern McKell I
McKell II
1941
1944
28 James McGirr
(1890–1957)
6 February 1947 2 April 1952 5 years, 56 days Labor Bankstown
Liverpool
McGirr I
McGirr II
McGirr III
1947
1950
29 Joseph Cahill
(1891–1959)
2 April 1952 22 October 1959 7 years, 203 days Labor Cook's River Cahill I
Cahill II
Cahill III
Cahill IV
1953
1956
1959
30 Bob Heffron
(1890–1978)
23 October 1959 30 April 1964 4 years, 190 days Labor Maroubra Heffron I
Heffron II
1962
31 Jack Renshaw
(1909–1987)
30 April 1964 13 May 1965 1 year, 13 days Labor Castlereagh Renshaw
32 Sir Robert Askin
(1907–1981)
13 May 1965 3 January 1975 9 years, 235 days Liberal Collaroy
Pittwater
Askin I
Askin II
Askin III
Askin IV
Askin V
Askin VI
1965
1968
1971
1973
33 Tom Lewis
(1922–2016)
3 January 1975 23 January 1976 1 year, 20 days Liberal Wollondilly Lewis I
Lewis II
34 Sir Eric Willis
(1922–1999)
23 January 1976 14 May 1976 112 days Liberal Earlwood Willis
35 Neville Wran
(1926–2014)
14 May 1976 4 July 1986 10 years, 21 days Labor Bass Hill Wran I
Wran II
Wran III
Wran IV
Wran V
Wran VI
Wran VII
Wran VIII
1976
1981
1984
36 Barrie Unsworth
(1934–)
4 July 1986 25 March 1988 1 year, 295 days Labor Rockdale Unsworth
37 Nick Greiner
(1947–)
25 March 1988 24 June 1992 4 years, 91 days Liberal Ku-ring-gai Greiner I
Greiner II
1988
1991
38 John Fahey
(1945–2020)
24 June 1992 4 April 1995 2 years, 284 days Liberal Southern Highlands Fahey I
Fahey II
Fahey III
39 Bob Carr
(1947–)
4 April 1995 3 August 2005 10 years, 121 days Labor Maroubra Carr I
Carr II
Carr III
Carr IV
1995
1999
2003
40 Morris Iemma
(1961–)
3 August 2005 5 September 2008 3 years, 36 days Labor Lakemba Iemma I
Iemma II
2007
41 Nathan Rees
(1968–)
5 September 2008 4 December 2009 1 year, 121 days Labor Toongabbie Rees
42 Kristina Keneally
(1968–)
4 December 2009 28 March 2011 1 year, 114 days Labor Heffron Keneally
43 Barry O'Farrell
(1959– )
28 March 2011 17 April 2014 3 years, 20 days Liberal Ku-ring-gai O'Farrell 2011
44 Mike Baird
(1968–)
17 April 2014 23 January 2017 2 years, 281 days Liberal Manly Baird I
Baird II
2015
45 Gladys Berejiklian
(1970–)
23 January 2017 5 October 2021 4 years, 255 days Liberal Willoughby Berejiklian I
Berejiklian II
2019
46 Dominic Perrottet
(1982–)
5 October 2021 Incumbent 90 days Liberal Epping Perrottet

Living former premiers

Nine former premiers are alive, the oldest being Barrie Unsworth (1986–1988, born 1934). The most recent premier to die was John Fahey on 12 September 2020.[4]

Name Term as premier Date of birth Current age
Barrie Unsworth 1986–1988 (1934-04-16)16 April 1934 87 years, 262 days
Nick Greiner 1988–1992 (1947-04-27)27 April 1947 74 years, 251 days
Bob Carr 1995–2005 (1947-09-28)28 September 1947 74 years, 97 days
Morris Iemma 2005–2008 (1961-07-21)21 July 1961 60 years, 166 days
Nathan Rees 2008–2009 (1968-02-12)12 February 1968 53 years, 325 days
Kristina Keneally 2009–2011 (1968-12-19)19 December 1968 53 years, 15 days
Barry O'Farrell 2011–2014 (1959-05-24)24 May 1959 62 years, 224 days
Mike Baird 2014–2017 (1968-04-01)1 April 1968 53 years, 277 days
Gladys Berejiklian 2017–2021 (1970-09-22)22 September 1970 51 years, 103 days

See also

References

  1. ^ Mennell, Philip (1892). "Parkes, Hon. Sir Henry" . The Dictionary of Australasian Biography. London: Hutchinson & Co – via Wikisource.
  2. ^ "Speeches of Sir Henry Parkes, G.G.M.G., M.P., Prime Minister of New South Wales". Archived from the original on 6 December 2019. Retrieved 24 March 2013.
  3. ^ https://au.yahoo.com/news/gladys-berejiklian-resigns-as-nsw-premier-030820516.html
  4. ^ "Former NSW Premier John Fahey dies". Archived from the original on 12 September 2020. Retrieved 12 September 2020.