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List of New South Wales government agencies

Government in New South Wales is delivered by a number of agencies, grouped under areas of portfolio responsibility. Each portfolio is led by a minister appointed from the Parliament of New South Wales. The bulk of the services in a portfolio area will be delivered by that portfolio's lead agency, typically a government department of the same name.

Agencies have varying levels of operational autonomy, and deliver one or more of frontline public services, administrative functions and law enforcement. Some are structured as for-profit corporations. The responsibilities and goals of certain agencies are set out in the 2006 New South Wales State Plan.

All agencies are identifiable by their corporate logo, which features in agency advertising, publications and correspondence. Many agency insignia have recently been updated as a result of the State Arms, Symbols and Emblems Act 2004., requiring the replacement of the British Coat of Arms with the emblem of New South Wales.

To see a list of articles on New South Wales government agencies sorted alphabetically, New South Wales government agencies. The New South Wales government maintains a list of agencies and their contact details at its website

Aboriginal Affairs

The Aboriginal Affairs portfolio is responsible for policies that support Indigenous Australians in New South Wales. The Minister for Aboriginal Affairs is Paul Lynch. The lead agency is the New South Wales Department of Aboriginal Affairs, which describes its role thus: "to work in partnership with Aboriginal people in New South Wales to achieve social, economic and cultural independence."

Agencies in this portfolio include:

Ageing

The Ageing portfolio is responsible for policies that support the elderly in New South Wales. The minister for Ageing is Kristina Keneally.

Agencies in this portfolio include:

Arts

The Arts portfolio is responsible for the promotion and support of the Arts in New South Wales. The Minister for the Arts is Premier Nathan Rees. The lead agency is the New South Wales Department of the Arts, Sport and Recreation.

This department was established in March 2006 by splitting Sport and Recreation from the Tourism department and merging them with the former Ministry for the Arts.

Agencies in this portfolio include:

Offices within the department include:
*Art Gallery of New South Wales
*Arts NSW
*Australian Museum
*Centennial Park and Moore Park Trust
*Historic Houses Trust of New South Wales
*Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences
*New South Wales Film and Television Office
*New South Wales Office of Liquor, Gaming and Racing
*New South Wales Sport and Recreation
*State Library of New South Wales
*Sydney Opera House

Attorney General

The Attorney General portfolio is responsible for the administration of law and justice in New South Wales. The Attorney General is John Hatzistergos. The lead agency is the New South Wales Attorney-General's Department of whom the director-general is Laurie Glanfield.

the Attorney-General's Department incldues the following business units:

*Aboriginal Justice Advisory Council
*Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research
*Community Justice Centres
*Crown Solicitors Office
*Law Courts Library
*Law Reform Commission of New South Wales
*LawAccess NSW
*Legal Management Service
*Legal Profession Admission Board
*Legal Profession Advisory Council
*Legal Representation Office
*NSW Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages
*NSW Sentencing Council
*Office of the Legal Services Commissioner
*Privacy New South Wales
*Professional Standards Council
*Protective Commissioner & Public Guardian
*Public Defenders
*Public Trustee New South Wales
*Victims Services NSW

  • Children's Court Advisory Committee
  • Office of the New South Wales Sheriff
  • Office of the Protective Commissioner
  • Office of the Public Guardian
  • Office of the State Coroner
  • Solicitor General and Crown Advocate
  • Victims Advisory Board
  • Youth Justice Advisory Committee

Other bodies report directly to the Attorney General and not through the Attorney Generals Department.

Central Coast

The Minister for the Central Coast is John Della Bosca. There are no agencies in this portfolio.

Citizenship

The Citizenship portfolio is responsible for policies promoting multiculturalism. The minister for citizenship is Virginia Judge. The lead agency is the Community Relations Commission.

Commerce

The Commerce portfolio is responsible for policies promoting business growth in NSW and streamlining government-business interaction. The Minister for Commerce is Carmel Tebbutt. The lead agency is the New South Wales Department of Commerce.

Agencies in this portfolio include:

Business units within the department include:
*State Property Authority
*Office of Fair Trading, New South Wales
*Office of Industrial Relations, New South Wales
*Office of Public Works and Services, New South Wales
*State Records Authority of New South Wales

Community Services

The Community Services portfolio is responsible for child protection in New South Wales. The Minister for Community Services is Linda Burney. The lead agency is the New South Wales Department of Community Services.

Agencies in this portfolio include:

Disability Services

The Disability Services portfolio is responsible for the provision of services to the disabled. The minister is Paul Lynch. The lead agency is the New South Wales Department of Ageing, Disability and Home Care.

Agencies in this portfolio include:

Education and Training

The Education and Training portfolio is responsible for the provision and oversight of education and training in New South Wales. The Minister for Education and Training is Verity Firth. The lead agency is the New South Wales Department of Education and Training.

Agencies in this portfolio include:

Although they are substantially funded and regulated on a national level, the state's eight universities are New South Wales government agencies within the education portfolio.

Emergency Services

The Emergency Services portfolio is responsible for fire and rescue services in New South Wales. The minister is Tony Kelly. The lead agency is the Office for Emergency Services.

Agencies within this portfolio include:

Energy

The Energy portfolio is primarily responsible for the state's government-owned electricity companies. The minister is Ian Macdonald. The lead agency is the New South Wales Department of Water and Energy.

Agencies within this portfolio include:

Environment

The Environment portfolio is responsible for environmental protection and the maintenance of certain state parks and reserves. The minister is Carmel Tebbutt. The lead agency is the Department of Environment and Climate Change.

Agencies within this portfolio include:

Units within this department include:
*Environment Protection Authority
*National Parks and Wildlife Service
*Sustainability Programs Division
*Environmental Trust
*Hazardous Chemicals Advisory Committee
*Jenolan Caves Reserve Trust (see Jenolan Caves)
*Lord Howe Island Board (see Lord Howe Island)
*Marine Parks Authority New South Wales
*NSW Scientific Committee
*WSN Environmental Solutions
*Zoological Parks Board of New South Wales

Catchment management authorities

The state's catchment management authorities are statutory bodies within the Environment, Conservation and Climate Change portfolio.

Fair Trading

The Minister for Fair Trading is Virginia Judge. The following agencies are part of this portfolio:

Finance

The Minister for Finance is Joe Tripodi. No agencies are directly responsible to this portfolio, which draws on the resources of Treasury.

Gaming and Racing

The Minister for Gaming and Racing is Kevin Greene. The following agencies are part of this portfolio:

Health

The Minister for Health is John Della Bosca. The Assistant Minister for Health (Cancer) is Tony Stewart. The Assistant Minister (Mental Health) is Barbara Perry.

The following agencies are part of this portfolio:

Area Health Services

The state's area health services are statutory bodies within the Health portfolio.

Housing

The Minister for Housing is David Borger. The following agencies are part of this portfolio:

Industrial Relations

The acting Minister for Industrial Relations is Tony Kelly. The agency for this portfolio is the Office of Industrial Relations, which is part of the Department of Commerce.

Infrastructure

The Minister for Infrastructure is Joe Tripodi. There are no agencies directly reporting to the Infrastructure Minister, although an Infrastructure Implementation Group (IIG) is located within the Premier's Department and provides input to the Minister's policy development processes.

Justice

The Minister for Justice is John Hatzistergos. The following agencies are part of this portfolio:

Juvenile Justice

The Minister for Juvenile Justice is Graham West. The following agencies are part of this portfolio:

Lands

The Minister for Lands is Tony Kelly. The following agencies are part of this portfolio:

Local government

The Minister for Local Government is Barbara Perry. The following agencies are part of this portfolio:

The department supervises the state's local government authorities. See article: Local Government Areas of New South Wales

Mineral Resources

The Minister for Mineral Resources is Ian Macdonald. The following agencies are part of this portfolio:

Planning

The Minister for Planning is Kristina Keneally. The following agencies are part of this portfolio:

Police

The Minister for Police is Matt Brown. The following agencies are part of this portfolio:

Ports and Waterways

The Minister for Ports and Waterways is Joe Tripodi. The following agencies are part of this portfolio:

Premier

A number of government agencies report to the Premier, Nathan Rees. The Deputy Premier is Carmel Tebbutt.

The portfolio's lead agency is

Agencies in this portfolio include:

Primary Industries

The Minister for Primary Industries is Ian Macdonald. The following agencies are part of this portfolio:

Following the 2007 State election, the following agencies were transferred to the Primary Industries portfolio from the former Department of Natural Resources:

Redfern and Waterloo

The Minister for Redfern and Waterloo is Kristina Keneally. The following agencies are part of this portfolio:

Roads

The Minister for Roads is Michael Daley. The following agencies are part of this portfolio:

Science and Medical Research

The Minister for Science and Medical Research is Tony Stewart. The following agencies are part of this portfolio:

Sport and Recreation

The Minister for Sport and Recreation is Kevin Greene. Agencies within this portfolio are:

*State Sports Centre
*Sydney 2009 World Masters Games Organising Committee

State Development, Regional Development, Small Business and Rural Affairs

The Minister for State Development is Ian Macdonald. The Minister for Regional Development and Rural Affairs is Phillip Costa. The Minister for Small Business is Tony Stewart. The following agencies are part of this portfolio:

Tourism

The Minister for Tourism is Matt Brown. The following agencies are part of this portfolio:

Transport

The Minister for Transport is Carmel Tebbutt. The following agencies are part of this portfolio:

Treasurer

The Treasurer is Eric Roozendaal. The following agencies are part of this portfolio:

Water

The Minister for Water is Nathan Rees. The following agencies are part of this portfolio:

Women

The Minister for Women is Verity Firth. The following agencies are part of this portfolio:

Youth

The Minister for Youth is Linda Burney. The following agencies are part of this portfolio:

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