Government of New South Wales
The Government of New South Wales, also referred to as the New South Wales Government, NSW Government or Her Majesty’s 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 ceded legislative and judicial supremacy to the Commonwealth, but retained powers in all matters not in conflict with the Commonwealth.
Coat of arms of the State of New South Wales, used for formal and ceremonial purposes.
Logo of the New South Wales Government and its agencies
|Australian state||New South Wales|
|Legislature||Parliament of New South Wales;|
|Meeting place||Parliament House, Sydney|
|Organs||Executive Council of New South Wales (de jure) Cabinet (de facto)|
|Appointer||Governor of New South Wales|
|Leader||Premier of New South Wales|
|Meeting place||Parliament House, Sydney|
|Court||Supreme Court of New South Wales|
Section 109 of the Australian Constitution provides that, where a State law is inconsistent with a federal law, the federal law prevails (to the extent of the inconsistency). The New South Wales Constitution says: "The Legislature shall, subject to the provisions of the Commonwealth of Australia Constitution Act, have power to make laws for the peace, welfare, and good government of New South Wales in all cases whatsoever." Initially the Australian states retained significant independence. Over time, however, that independence has been greatly eroded by both the proliferation of Commonwealth Law, and the increasing financial domination of 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.
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. The Act was assented to by the Queen on 3 April 2006.
Restoration of Oaths of Allegiance Act 2012
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. The change applies to members of Legislative Council, Legislative Assembly and Executive Council.
The following individuals serve as government ministers, at the pleasure of the Queen, 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 2 April 2019, while their opposition counterparts are listed to correspond with the government ministers. All Opposition counterparts are members of the Parliament of New South Wales.
||Liberal||Jodi McKay||Leader of the Opposition||Labor|
|John Barilaro||Deputy Premier||National||Yasmin Catley||Deputy Leader of the Opposition||Labor|
|Minister for Regional New South Wales, Industry and Trade||Mick Veitch, MLC||Shadow Minister for Industry and Trade
Shadow Minister for Rural Affairs
Shadow Minister for Western New South Wales
|Dominic Perrottet||Treasurer||Liberal||Walt Secord, MLC||Shadow Treasurer||Labor|
|Paul Toole||Minister for Regional Transport and Roads||National||Mick Veitch, MLC||Shadow Minister for Rural Roads||Labor|
|David Harris||Shadow Minister for Regional Transport
Shadow Minister for the Central Coast
|Don Harwin, MLC||Special Minister of State||Liberal||Walt Secord, MLC||Shadow Special Minister of State
Shadow Minister for the Arts
|Minister for the Public Service and Employee Relations, Aboriginal Affairs, and the Arts||Adam Searle, MLC||Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Council
Shadow Minister for Industrial Relations
|David Harris||Shadow Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and Treaty||Labor|
|Vice-President of the Executive Council
Leader of Government Business in the Legislative Council
|Penny Sharpe, MLC||Deputy Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Council||Labor|
|Andrew Constance||Minister for Transport and Roads||Liberal||Chris Minns||Shadow Minister for Transport||Labor|
|John Graham, MLC||Shadow Minister for Roads||Labor|
|Leader of the House||Ryan Park||Manager of Opposition Business
Shadow Minister for the Illawarra and South Coast
|Brad Hazzard||Minister for Health and Medical Research||Liberal||Shadow Minister for Health|
|Jenny Aitchison||Shadow Minister for Medical Research||Labor|
|Rob Stokes||Minister for Planning and Public Spaces||Liberal||Adam Searle, MLC||Shadow Minister for Planning and Better Living
Shadow Minister for the North Coast
|Mark Speakman||Attorney General||Liberal||Paul Lynch||Shadow Attorney General||Labor|
|Minister for the Prevention of Domestic Violence||Trish Doyle||Shadow Minister for Women and the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence||Labor|
|Victor Dominello||Minister for Customer Service||Liberal||Sophie Cotsis||Shadow Minister for Better Public Services||Labor|
|Julia Finn||Shadow Minister for Consumer Protection
Shadow Minister for Carers
|Sarah Mitchell, MLC||Minister for Education and Early Childhood Learning||National||Prue Car||Shadow Minister for Education||Labor|
|Jodie Harrison||Shadow Minister for Early Childhood Learning||Labor|
|David Elliott||Minister for Police and Emergency Services||Liberal||Lynda Voltz||Shadow Minister for Police and Counter-Terrorism||Labor|
|Trish Doyle||Shadow Minister for Emergency Services||Labor|
|Melinda Pavey||Minister for Water, Property and Housing||National||Ryan Park, MLC||Shadow Minister for Housing and Homelessness||Labor|
|Clayton Barr||Shadow Minister for Water||Labor|
|Tara Moriarty||Shadow Minister for Crown Lands||Labor|
|Stuart Ayres||Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney||Liberal||Greg Warren||Shadow Minister for Western Sydney||Labor|
|Jenny Aitchison||Shadow Minister for Investment and Tourism||Labor|
|Matt Kean||Minister for Energy and Environment||Liberal||Adam Searle, MLC||Shadow Minister for Climate Change and Energy||Labor|
|Paul Scully||Shadow Minister for Natural Resources||Labor|
|Kate Washington||Shadow Minister for Environment and Heritage||Labor|
|Adam Marshall||Minister for Agriculture and Western New South Wales||National||Jenny Aitchison||Shadow Minister for Primary Industries||Labor|
|Anthony Roberts||Minister for Counter Terrorism and Corrections||Liberal||Chris Minns||Shadow Minister for Corrections||Labor|
|Jihad Dib||Shadow Minister for Juvenile Justice
Shadow Minister Assisting on Multiculturalism
|Shelley Hancock||Minister for Local Government||Liberal||Greg Warren||Shadow Minister for Local Government||Labor|
|Kevin Anderson||Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation||National||Clayton Bar||Shadow Minister for Innovation, Science and Tertiary Education
Shadow Minister for the Hunter
|John Graham, MLC||Shadow Minister for Music and the Night Time Economy||Labor|
|Geoff Lee||Minister for Skills and Tertiary Education||Liberal||Jihad Dib||Shadow Minister for Skills and TAFE
Shadow Minister for Youth
|John Sidoti||Minister for Sport, Multiculturalism, Seniors and Veterans||Liberal||Lynda Voltz||Shadow Minister for Sport and Recreation||Labor|
|Jodi McKay||Shadow Minister for Multiculturalism||Labor|
|Greg Warren||Shadow Minister for Veterans||Labor|
|Jo Haylen||Shadow Minister for Seniors and Volunteers
Shadow Minister for Active Transport
Shadow Minister for the Cost of Living
|Bronwyn Taylor, MLC||Minister for Mental Health, Regional Youth and Women||National||Kate Washington||Shadow Minister for Rural Health||Labor|
|Trish Doyle||Shadow Minister for Women and the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence||Labor|
|Tara Moriarty, MLC||Shadow Minister for Mental Health||Labor|
|Gareth Ward||Minister for Families, Communities and Disability Services||Liberal||Penny Sharpe, MLC||Shadow Minister for Family and Community Services
Shadow Minister for Disability Inclusion
|Damien Tudehope, MLC||Minister for Finance and Small Business||Liberal||Daniel Mookhey, MLC||Shadow Minister for Finance and Small Business
Shadow Minister for the Gig Economy
- "The Executive Council". www.parliament.nsw.gov.au. Retrieved 31 January 2018.
- Pledge of Loyalty Act 2006 (NSW)
- "Constitution Amendment (Restoration of Oaths of Allegiance) Bill 2012". Legislation NSW. 5 June 2012.
- "Government Notices (30)" (PDF). Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales. 2 April 2019. p. 1088-1090. Retrieved 3 April 2019.
- "Premier announces new Cabinet" (Press release). Premier of New South Wales. 31 March 2019. Retrieved 3 April 2019.
- "Shadow Ministry". Members. Parliament of New South Wales. January 2017. Retrieved 19 January 2018.
- Government of New South Wales website
- New South Wales Government Annual Reports and Other Publications
- The Constitution of New South Wales