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Regional minister (New South Wales)

In New South Wales, regional ministers have been appointed since 1995 on a part-time basis as part of the Government of New South Wales. Each minister has other departmental responsibilities, as well as specific responsibilities for one of the regions of New South Wales. The ministries with regional responsibilities first appeared in 2000 during the Carr Labor Government with a position looking after the Central Coast, this would later be expanded by the Iemma Labor Government from 2005 and O'Farrell Coalition Government in 2011 to five different positions including Western Sydney.[1][2]

In 2015, the number of ministers was reduced to just three ministers: the Minister for Regional Development, the Minister for Western New South Wales and the Minister for Western Sydney.[3] In the first Berejiklian ministry the portfolio of regional development changed to Regional New South Wales and a fourth regional portfolio created, Regional Water. Following the 2019 state election the ministries were rearranged, with the portfolio of Regional Water abolished and two new regional portfolios, Regional Transport and Roads and Regional Youth, bringing the total to five with effect from 2 April 2019.[4] A sixth portfolio, Regional Health, was created in the second Perrottet ministry.[2]

Current ministers

Central Coast

Title Minister[2] Party Ministry Term start Term end Time in office Notes
Minister Assisting the Premier for the Central Coast John Della Bosca   Labor Carr (3) 31 March 2000 2 April 2003 4 years, 296 days
Minister for the Central Coast Carr (4) 2 April 2003 21 January 2005
Grant McBride Iemma (1) 21 January 2005 2 April 2007 2 years, 71 days
John Della Bosca Iemma (2) 2 April 2007 1 September 2009 2 years, 152 days
John Hatzistergos Rees 1 September 2009 14 September 2009 13 days
Nathan Rees Keneally 14 September 2009 8 December 2009 85 days
Ian Macdonald 8 December 2009 5 June 2010 179 days
John Robertson 5 June 2010 28 March 2011 296 days
Chris Hartcher   Liberal O'Farrell 3 April 2011 4 December 2013 2 years, 245 days
Mike Gallacher O'Farrell
Baird (1)
9 December 2013 2 May 2014 144 days
Rob Stokes Baird (1) 6 May 2014 2 April 2015 331 days
Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter and Central Coast Scot MacDonald Baird (2) 24 April 2015 23 January 2017 1 year, 274 days
Parliamentary Secretary for Planning and the Central Coast Berejiklian (1) 1 February 2017 5 April 2017 63 days
Parliamentary Secretary for Planning, the Central Coast and the Hunter 5 April 2017 1 March 2019 1 year, 330 days
Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Adam Crouch   Liberal Berejiklian (2)
Perrottet (1)
20 December 2019 21 December 2021 3 years, 98 days [5]
Perrottet (2) 21 December 2021 28 March 2023
Minister for the Central Coast David Harris   Labor Minns 5 April 2023 incumbent 1 year, 70 days

Hunter

Title Minister[2] Party Ministry Term start Term end Time in office Notes
Minister Assisting the Premier on Hunter Development Richard Face   Labor Carr (1) (2) (3) 4 April 1995 13 February 2003 7 years, 315 days
Michael Egan Carr (4) 13 February 2003 2 April 2003 48 days
Minister for the Hunter Michael Costa Carr (4)
Iemma (1) (2)
2 April 2003 8 September 2008 5 years, 159 days
Jodi McKay Rees
Keneally
8 September 2008 28 March 2011 2 years, 201 days
Mike Gallacher   Liberal O'Farrell 3 April 2011 18 December 2013 2 years, 259 days
George Souris   National 18 December 2013 17 April 2014 120 days
Gladys Berejiklian   Liberal Baird (1) 23 April 2014 2 April 2015 344 days
Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter and Central Coast Scot MacDonald Baird (2) 24 April 2015 23 January 2017 1 year, 274 days
Parliamentary Secretary for Planning, the Central Coast and the Hunter Berejiklian (1) 5 April 2017 1 March 2019 1 year, 330 days
Minister for the Hunter Tim Crakanthorp   Labor Minns 5 April 2023 3 August 2023 120 days
Yasmin Catley 3 August 2023 incumbent 316 days

Illawarra and South Coast

Creation of the role of 'Minister for the Illawarra' was a Labor election commitment in 2003. When the portfolio was abolished in 2015, the region's main newspaper, the Illawarra Mercury, noted that all but one of the men to hold the title later departed politics under a cloud: "The now-defunct ministry has been something of a poisoned chalice over the past 12 years, with five of the six ministers who have held the position being disgraced, sacked or forced to resign over their behaviour."

Labor's David Campbell, the first Minister for the Illawarra, quit politics after being filmed leaving a gay bath-house in Sydney. His successor Matt Brown quit following allegations (denied by Brown) that he'd simulated a sex act and danced in his underpants at a function in Parliament House. Paul McLeay quit cabinet after admitting to using a parliamentary computer to visit gambling and porn websites. Eric Roozendaal was a target of the Independent Commission Against Corruption's Operation Indus due to his dealings with disgraced former minister Eddie Obeid, but was cleared in 2013. Greg Pearce, the first Liberal to hold the post, was dumped from the O'Farrell ministry in 2013 amid claims (denied by Pearce) that he had attended parliament drunk – officially, for failing to declare a conflict of interest in relation to a board appointment. The last Minister for the Illawarra, the Liberal party's John Ajaka, "managed to break the portfolio’s curse," however.[6] Following the 2023 New South Wales state election, the ministry was reestablished under Premier of New South Wales Chris Minns who appointed Ryan Park who is also the Minister for Health.

Title Minister[2] Party Ministry Term start Term end Time in office Notes
Minister for the Illawarra David Campbell   Labor Carr (4)
Iemma (1) (2)
2 April 2003 5 September 2008 5 years, 156 days
Matt Brown Rees 8 September 2008 11 September 2008 3 days
David Campbell 11 September 2008 4 December 2009 1 year, 84 days
Paul McLeay Keneally 8 December 2009 1 September 2010 267 days
Eric Roozendaal 6 September 2010 28 March 2011 203 days
Greg Pearce   Liberal O'Farrell 3 April 2011 2 August 2013 2 years, 121 days
John Ajaka 2 August 2013 23 April 2014 264 days
Baird (1) 23 April 2014 2 April 2015 344 days
Minister for the Illawarra and South Coast Ryan Park   Labor Minns 28 March 2023 incumbent 1 year, 78 days

North Coast

Title Minister[2] Party Ministry Term start Term end Time in office Notes
Minister for the North Coast Don Page   National O'Farrell 3 April 2011 23 April 2014 3 years, 20 days
Andrew Stoner Baird (1) 23 April 2014 17 October 2014 177 days
Duncan Gay 17 October 2014 2 April 2015 167 days
Minister for the North Coast Rose Jackson   Labor Minns 5 April 2023 incumbent 1 year, 70 days

Regional New South Wales

The following individuals have served as Minister for Regional New South Wales or any precedent titles:

Title Minister [2] Party Ministry Term start Term end Time in office Notes
Minister for Regional Development Ray Chappell   National Fahey (3) 26 May 1993 4 April 1995 1 year, 313 days
Minister for Small Business and Regional Development Carl Scully   Labor Carr (1) 4 April 1995 15 December 1995 255 days
Minister for State and Regional Development Michael Egan 15 December 1995 1 December 1997 1 year, 351 days
Minister for Regional Development Harry Woods Carr (2) (3) 1 December 1997 2 April 2003 5 years, 122 days
David Campbell Carr (4)
Iemma (1)
2 April 2003 2 April 2007 4 years, 0 days
Tony Kelly Iemma (2) 2 April 2007 5 September 2008 1 year, 156 days
Phil Costa Rees 8 September 2008 4 December 2009 1 year, 87 days
Minister for State and Regional Development Ian Macdonald Keneally 8 December 2009 5 June 2010 179 days
Eric Roozendaal 5 June 2010 28 March 2011 296 days
Minister for Regional Infrastructure and Services Andrew Stoner   National O'Farrell
Baird (1)
28 March 2011 17 October 2014 3 years, 203 days
Troy Grant Baird (1) 17 October 2014 2 April 2015 167 days
Minister for Regional Development John Barilaro Baird (2) 2 April 2015 30 January 2017 6 years, 187 days
Minister for Regional New South Wales Berejiklian (1) 30 January 2017 2 April 2019
Minister for Regional New South Wales, Industry and Trade Berejiklian (2) 2 April 2019 6 October 2021 [7]
Minister for Regional New South Wales Paul Toole Perrottet (1) (2) 6 October 2021 28 March 2023 1 year, 173 days [8][9]
Tara Moriarty   Labor Minns 5 April 2023 incumbent 1 year, 70 days

Regional Health

The following individuals have served as Minister for regional health, or any precedent titles:

Title Minister[2] Party Ministry Term start Term end Time in office Notes
Minister for Regional Health Bronnie Taylor   National Perrottet (2) 21 December 2021 28 March 2023 1 year, 97 days [10]
Minister for Health and Regional Health Ryan Park   Labor Minns 28 March 2023 5 April 2023 1 year, 78 days
Minister for Regional Health 5 April 2023 incumbent

Regional Transport and Roads

The following individuals have been appointed as Ministers for Regional Transport and Roads, or any precedent title.[2]

Ministerial title Minister [2] Party Ministry Term start Term end Time in office Notes
Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole   National Berejiklian (2)
Perrottet (1)
2 April 2019 21 December 2021 2 years, 263 days [11]
Sam Farraway Perrottet (2) 21 December 2021 28 March 2023 1 year, 97 days [12]
Jenny Aitchison   Labor Minns 5 April 2023 incumbent 1 year, 70 days [13]

Western New South Wales

The following individuals have served as Minister for Western New South Wales, or any precedent titles:

Title Minister[2] Party Ministry Term start Term end Time in office Notes
Minister for Western New South Wales Kevin Humphries   National O'Farrell
Baird (1)
3 April 2011 2 April 2015 3 years, 364 days
Minister for Agriculture and Western New South Wales Adam Marshall   National Berejiklian (2)
Perrottet (1)
2 April 2019 21 December 2021 2 years, 263 days [14]
Minister for Western New South Wales Dugald Saunders Perrottet (2) 21 December 2021 28 March 2023 1 year, 97 days [15]
Tara Moriarty   Labor Minns 5 April 2023 Incumbent 1 year, 70 days

Western Sydney

The following individuals have served as Minister for Western Sydney, or any precedent titles:

Title Minister[2] Party Ministry Term start Term end Time in office Notes
Minister for Western Sydney Kim Yeadon   Labor Carr (3) 8 April 1999 2 April 2003 3 years, 359 days
Diane Beamer Carr (4)
Iemma (1)
2 April 2003 2 April 2007 4 years, 0 days
Graham West Iemma (2) 2 April 2007 11 April 2007 9 days
Barbara Perry 11 April 2007 8 September 2008 1 year, 150 days
David Borger Rees
Keneally
8 September 2008 28 March 2011 2 years, 201 days
Barry O'Farrell   Liberal O'Farrell 3 April 2011 23 April 2014 3 years, 364 days
Mike Baird Baird (1) (2) 23 April 2014 23 January 2017 1 year, 296 days
Stuart Ayres Berejiklian (1) 30 January 2017 23 March 2019 5 years, 185 days
Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney Berejiklian (2)
Perrottet (1)
2 April 2019 21 December 2021 [16]
Minister for Western Sydney Perrottet (2) 21 December 2021 3 August 2022 [17]
David Elliott 5 August 2022 28 March 2023 235 days [18]
Prue Car   Labor Minns 5 April 2023 incumbent 1 year, 70 days

Assistant ministers

Title Minister[2] Party Ministry Term start Term end Time in office Notes
Minister Assisting the Premier on Western Sydney Kim Yeadon   Labor Carr (1) (2) 1 December 1997 8 April 1999 1 year, 128 days
Minister Assisting the Premier on Western Sydney Stuart Ayres   Liberal O'Farrell
Baird (1)
9 December 2013 2 April 2015 1 year, 114 days

Former ministerial titles

Redfern-Waterloo

Title Minister[2] Party Ministry Term start Term end Time in office Notes
Minister for Redfern-Waterloo Frank Sartor   Labor Iemma (1) (2) 3 August 2005 8 September 2008 3 years, 36 days
Kristina Keneally Rees
Keneally
8 September 2008 28 March 2011 2 years, 201 days

Regional Youth

The following individuals have been appointed Minister for Youth or any precedent titles:

Title Minister[2] Party Ministry Term start Term end Time in office Notes
Minister for Child Welfare
Minister for Social Welfare
Frank Hawkins   Labor Cahill (3) (4)
Heffron (1) (2)
Renshaw
15 March 1956 13 May 1965 9 years, 59 days
Arthur Bridges   Liberal Askin (1) 13 May 1965 22 May 1968 3 years, 9 days
Harry Jago Askin (2) 23 May 1968 3 September 1968 103 days
Frederick Hewitt Askin (2) (3) 3 September 1968 11 March 1971 2 years, 189 days
John Lloyd Waddy Askin (4) 11 March 1971 17 January 1973 1 year, 312 days
Minister for Youth and Community Services Askin (5) 17 January 1973 3 December 1973 320 days
Dick Healey Askin (6) 3 December 1973 3 January 1975 1 year, 31 days
Minister for Youth, Ethnic and Community Affairs Steve Mauger Lewis (1) (2) 3 January 1975 23 January 1976 1 year, 20 days
Jim Clough Willis 23 January 1976 14 May 1976 112 days
Minister for Youth and Community Services Rex Jackson   Labor Wran (1) (2) (3) 14 May 1976 2 October 1981 5 years, 141 days
Kevin Stewart Wran (4) 2 October 1981 1 February 1983 1 year, 122 days
Frank Walker Wran (5) (6) (7) 1 February 1983 6 February 1986 3 years, 5 days
Peter Anderson Wran (8) 6 February 1986 4 July 1986 148 days
John Aquilina Unsworth 4 July 1986 25 March 1988 1 year, 265 days
Minister for Education and Youth Affairs Terry Metherell   Liberal Greiner (1) 25 March 1988 20 July 1990 2 years, 117 days
Minister for School Education and Youth Affairs Virginia Chadwick Greiner (1) (2)
Fahey (1) (2)
24 July 1990 26 May 1993 2 years, 306 days
Minister for Education, Training and Youth Affairs Fahey (3) 26 May 1993 4 April 1995 1 year, 313 days
Minister Assisting the Premier on Youth Affairs John Aquilina   Labor Carr (1) (2) 26 July 1995 8 April 1999 3 years, 256 days
Carmel Tebbutt Carr (3) 8 April 1999 2 April 2003 3 years, 359 days
Minister for Youth Carr (4) 2 April 2003 21 January 2005 1 year, 294 days
Reba Meagher Iemma (1) 21 January 2005 2 April 2007 2 years, 71 days
Linda Burney Iemma (2) 2 April 2007 8 September 2008 1 year, 159 days
Graham West Rees 8 September 2008 8 December 2009 1 year, 91 days
Peter Primrose Keneally 8 December 2009 28 March 2011 1 year, 110 days
Minister for Mental Health, Regional Youth and Women Bronnie Taylor   National Berejiklian (2)
Perrottet (1)
2 April 2019 21 December 2021 2 years, 263 days [19]
Minister for Regional Youth Ben Franklin Perrottet (2) 21 December 2021 28 March 2023 1 year, 97 days [20]
Minister for Youth Rose Jackson   Labor Minns 5 April 2023 incumbent 1 year, 70 days

See also

References

  1. ^ "New faces: O'Farrell launches super-ministries". The Sydney Morning Herald. 3 April 2011. Retrieved 25 November 2011.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o "Part 6 Ministries since 1856" (PDF). NSW Parliamentary Record. Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 23 March 2022.
  3. ^ 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. ^ "Government Notices (30)" (PDF). Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales. 2 April 2019. p. 1088-1090. Retrieved 3 April 2019.
  5. ^ "Adam Crouch appointed Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast". Coast Community News. 20 December 2019. Retrieved 28 March 2022.
  6. ^ McIlwain, Kate (1 April 2015). "Kiama MP Gareth Ward appointed parliamentary secretary for the Illawarra".
  7. ^ "Government Notices (30)" (PDF). Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales. 2 April 2019. p. 1088-1090. Retrieved 3 April 2019.
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  9. ^ "Parliament, Ministerial, Courts and Police (508)" (PDF). Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales. 6 October 2021.
  10. ^ "Parliament, Ministerial, Courts and Police (662)" (PDF). Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales. 21 December 2021.
  11. ^ "The Hon. Paul Lawrence Toole". Members of the Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 24 March 2022.
  12. ^ "Parliament, Ministerial, Courts and Police (662)" (PDF). Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales. 21 December 2021.
  13. ^ "Parliament, Ministerial, Courts and Police (161)" (PDF). Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales. 5 April 2023.
  14. ^ "Government Notices (30)" (PDF). Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales. 2 April 2019. p. 1088-1090. Retrieved 3 April 2019.
  15. ^ "Parliament, Ministerial, Courts and Police (662)" (PDF). Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales. 21 December 2021.
  16. ^ "Government Notices (30)" (PDF). Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales. 2 April 2019. p. 1088-1090. Retrieved 3 April 2019.
  17. ^ "Parliament, Ministerial, Courts and Police (662)" (PDF). Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales. 21 December 2021.
  18. ^ Department of Premier and Cabinet (3 August 2022). "Changes to NSW ministerial arrangements". NSW Government. Retrieved 14 August 2022.
  19. ^ "Government Notices (30)" (PDF). Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales. 2 April 2019. p. 1088-1090. Retrieved 3 April 2019.
  20. ^ "Parliament, Ministerial, Courts and Police (662)" (PDF). Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales. 21 December 2021.
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