Minister for Local Government (New South Wales)

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Minister for Local Government
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Incumbent
Shelley Hancock

since 2 April 2019 (2019-04-02)
Department of Planning and Industry
Style The Honourable
Nominator Premier of New South Wales
Appointer Governor of New South Wales
Inaugural holder John Daniel FitzGerald
Formation15 November 1916
Website www.olg.nsw.gov.au

The New South Wales Minister for Local Government is a minister in the New South Wales Government and has responsibilities which includes all local government areas and related legislation in New South Wales, the most primary of which is the Local Government Act 1993. The minister administers the portfolio through the Department of Planning and Industry.

Minister of the Crown is a formal constitutional term used in Commonwealth realms to describe a minister to the reigning sovereign or their viceroy. The term indicates that the minister serves at His/Her Majesty's pleasure, and advises the sovereign or viceroy on how to exercise the Crown prerogatives relative to the minister's department or ministry.

Local government areas of New South Wales Wikimedia list article

The local government areas (LGA) of New South Wales in Australia describes the institutions and processes by which areas, cities, towns, municipalities, regions, shires, and districts can manage their own affairs to the extent permitted by the Local Government Act 1993 (NSW).

New South Wales State of Australia

New South Wales is a state on the east coast of Australia. It borders Queensland to the north, Victoria to the south, and South Australia to the west. Its coast borders the Tasman Sea to the east. The Australian Capital Territory is an enclave within the state. New South Wales' state capital is Sydney, which is also Australia's most populous city. In September 2018, the population of New South Wales was over 8 million, making it Australia's most populous state. Just under two-thirds of the state's population, 5.1 million, live in the Greater Sydney area. Inhabitants of New South Wales are referred to as New South Welshmen.

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The Minister for Local Government is Shelley Hancock since 2 April 2019. The minister works within the cluster, and assists the senior cluster minister, the Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional New South Wales, Industry and Trade, currently John Barilaro, also since 2 April 2019. [1] Ultimately both ministers are responsible to the Parliament of New South Wales.

Shelley Hancock Australian politician

Shelley Elizabeth Hancock, an Australian politician, is the Minister for Local Government in the second Berejiklian ministry since April 2019. Hancock has been a Liberal Member of the Legislative Assembly seat of South Coast since 2003.

Deputy Premier of New South Wales

The Deputy Premier of New South Wales is the second-most senior officer in the Government of New South Wales. The Deputy Premiership has been a ministerial portfolio since 1932, and the Deputy Premier is appointed by the Governor on the advice of the Premier.

John Barilaro Australian politician

Giovanni Domenic "John" Barilaro, an Australian politician, is the 18th Deputy Premier of New South Wales and the New South Wales Leader of The Nationals since November 2016. Barilaro is the New South Wales Minister for Regional New South Wales, Industry and Trade in the second Berejiklian ministry since April 2019; and is a member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly representing the electoral district of Monaro for the Nationals since 2011.

Administrative history

With the significant expansion of Local Government areas in the early 1900s the first formal government body with the specific responsibility for Local Government was established by the Local Government (Shires) Act, 1905, which created the "Local Government Branch" of the Public Works Department on 9 December 1905. On 5 January 1906 the Secretary for Public Works was charged with its administration. [2] On 15 March 1915 the Local Government Branch was made independent as the "Department of Local Government" and the process of its full establishment culminated with the appointment of the first Minister for Local Government on 15 November 1916, John Daniel FitzGerald. Fitzgerald was responsible for steering through the first major piece of legislation dealing with local government regulations and powers in the Local Government Act 1919 . [3] The new Act provided for the establishment of County Councils to enable Municipalities and Shires to combine for the carrying out of large works that affected more than one district, most prominently in the area of electricity supply, with the Sydney County Council being a prime example. [3]

John Daniel FitzGerald was an Australian politician.

Sydney County Council

The Sydney County Council (SCC) was formed in 1935 to produce electricity and operate the electricity network for part of metropolitan Sydney. The county council was established by the state government to represent several local government areas. It assumed control of the Electricity Department of the Sydney City Council. In 1952, the SCC lost most its electricity generation functions to the Electricity Commission of New South Wales and retained only its distribution functions. The SCC was merged with other municipal county councils in 1989 to form Sydney Electricity.

In February 1936 the Department merged with the Public Works department to become the "Department of Works and Local Government". [4] On 2 June 1941, this short-lived department was abolished and "Department of Local Government and Housing" succeeded it. The then Minister for Local Government and Housing took on responsibilities for social housing in the state. [5] This body then became the Department of Local Government again on 8 June 1944. [6] In 1948 the new Minister Joseph Cahill was responsible for moving the most significant reform to local government since 1919 when he passed through the Local Government (Areas) Act 1948 , which placed the City of Sydney within the regulations of the 1919 act (by repealing the Sydney Corporations Act 1932) and entailed large-scale amalgamations of local councils in Sydney.

Joseph Cahill Australian politician and Premier of New South Wales

John Joseph Cahill, also known as Joe Cahill or J. J. Cahill, was a long-serving New South Wales politician, railway worker, trade unionist and Labor Party Premier of New South Wales from 1952 to his death in 1959. Born the son of Irish migrants in Redfern, New South Wales, Cahill worked for the New South Wales Government Railways from the age of 16 before joining the Australian Labor Party. Being a prominent unionist organiser, including being dismissed for his role in the 1917 general strike, Cahill was eventually elected to the Parliament of New South Wales for St George in 1925.

Local Government (Areas) Act 1948

Local Government (Areas) Act 1948 was a landmark New South Wales statute that was notable for its wide-ranging reforms for and amalgamations of the Local Government Areas of New South Wales within the County of Cumberland. Largely informed by the recommendations and findings of the 1945–46 Royal Commission on Local Government Boundaries, the act was written and presented to parliament by the Minister for Local Government in the NSW Government, Joseph Cahill.

City of Sydney Local government area in New South Wales, Australia

The City of Sydney is the local government area covering the Sydney central business district and surrounding inner city suburbs of the greater metropolitan area of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Established by Act of Parliament in 1842, the City of Sydney is the oldest, and the oldest-surviving, local government authority in New South Wales, and the second-oldest in Australia, with only the City of Adelaide being older by two years.

On 6 November 1981 the Department was abolished and replaced by the "Local Government Office" of the Department of Local Government and Lands. On 29 February 1984 a new Department of Local Government replaced the functions of the Office of Local Government. [7] This Department of Local Government was amalgamated with the Registry of Co-operatives on 1 July 1991 to create the Department of Local Government and Co-operatives headed by the Minister for Local Government and Co-operatives. [8] The second minister of this title, Garry West, was responsible for the passing of the Local Government Act 1993, which repealed the 1919 act, modernised the controls and powers of Local Government and formalised the command structure with the Minister at its head. This continues to be the main piece of legislation operated by the Minister today. On 6 April 1995 the responsibility for co-operatives was transferred to the Department of Consumer Affairs. [9]

Garry West is an Australian politician. He was a National Party Member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly from 1976 to 1995, representing the electorate of Orange. He held several Ministerial positions in the Nick Greiner and then John Fahey Liberal-National coalition Government.

On 1 July 2009 the Department of Local Government was abolished and its functions were transferred to the Department of Premier and Cabinet as the Office of Local Government. [9] In 2011 these functions were moved to the Department of Planning and Environment. Following the 2019 state election, the Office of Local Government was abolished and its functions, together with a broad range of other functions were transferred to the newly-formed Department of Planning and Industry. [10]

Department of Premier and Cabinet (New South Wales)

The New South Wales Department of Premier and Cabinet, a department of the New South Wales Government, is responsible for leading the New South Wales public sector to deliver on the Government's commitments and priorities. The department provides administrative support that enables the cabinet to identify, design and implement a coordinated policy, project and reform agenda that boosts the efficiency, productivity and effectiveness across the State. The department consults and work closely with other New South Wales government departments, the Commonwealth Government, local government, business and the community to ensure responses to community needs are effective.

The New South Wales Office of Local Government, a former agency from 1983 until 2019 of the Department of Planning and Environment in the Government of New South Wales, was responsible for administering legislation in relation to local government areas in New South Wales.

The New South Wales Department of Planning and Environment was a department of the New South Wales Government between 2014 and 2019, responsible for effective and sustainable planning to support the growth in the state of New South Wales, Australia. Up until its abolition, it made plans based on evidence for the state’s cities and regions, working with the community, business and local government to create places for people in NSW to live, work and spend their leisure time, while ensuring good access to transport and other services like shops and restaurants. The Department was also responsible for the evidence-based assessment of state significant development applications. In 2015-16 the Department approved major projects worth A$20 billion.

Ministerial powers

The minister has significant powers to regulate and control the operations of local governments. Currently, under section 255 of the Local Government Act 1993, the Minister has the power initiate investigations or a public inquiry into the behaviours of councillors and council staff and, if the findings are against the council's ability to operate within the law or public expectations, the minister can then recommend to the Governor for dismissal of the council. Prominent examples of this occurring under the 1993 Act and previous Acts include:

List of ministers

Local government

MinisterParty affiliationMinisterial titleTerm startTerm endTime in officeNotes
John FitzGerald Nationalist Minister for Local Government15 November 191612 April 19203 years, 149 days
Thomas Mutch Labor 12 April 192010 October 1921
George Cann 10 October 192120 December 1921
John Fitzpatrick Nationalist20 December 192120 December 19210 days
George CannLabor20 December 192113 April 1922
John FitzpatrickNationalist13 April 192217 June 1925
George CannLabor17 June 192524 March 1926
Joseph Fitzgerald 24 March 192626 May 1927
Tom Keegan 26 May 192718 October 1927
Michael Bruxner Country 18 October 19273 November 1930
William McKell Labor4 November 193017 June 1931
James McGirr 17 June 193115 October 1931
Labor (NSW) 15 October 193113 May 1932
Michael BruxnerCountry16 May 193217 June 1932
Joseph Jackson United Australia 18 June 193214 February 1933
Eric Spooner 15 February 193321 July 1939
Bertram Stevens 21 July 19395 August 1939
Alexander Mair 5 August 193916 August 1939
Lewis Martin 16 August 193916 May 1941
James McGirrLaborMinister for Local Government and Housing 16 May 19418 June 19443 years, 23 days
Joseph Cahill Minister for Local Government8 June 194423 February 19538 years, 260 days
Jack Renshaw 23 February 195328 October 19596 years, 247 days
Pat Hills 28 October 195913 May 19655 years, 197 days
Pat Morton Liberal 13 May 196519 June 19727 years, 37 days
Charles Cutler Country19 June 197216 December 1975
Col Fisher Liberal17 December 197523 January 1976
Tom Lewis 23 January 197614 May 1976
Harry Jensen Labor14 May 19762 October 1981
Lin Gordon 2 October 198110 February 1984
Kevin Stewart 10 February 19841 January 1986
Peter Anderson 1 January 19866 February 1986
Janice Crosio 6 February 198621 March 1988
David Hay Liberal25 March 19886 June 1991
Gerry Peacocke Country6 June 199126 May 1993
Garry West Minister for Local Government and Co-operatives 26 May 199327 June 1994
Ted Pickering Liberal27 June 19944 April 1995
Ernie Page LaborMinister for Local Government4 April 19958 April 1999
Harry Woods 8 April 19992 April 2003
Tony Kelly 2 April 20033 August 2005
Kerry Hickey 3 August 20052 April 2007
Paul Lynch 2 April 20075 September 2008
Barbara Perry 8 September 200828 March 2011
Don Page National2 April 201123 April 20143 years, 21 days
Paul Toole 23 April 201430 January 20172 years, 282 days
Gabrielle Upton Liberal30 January 201723 March 20192 years, 52 days [12]
Shelley Hancock 2 April 2019incumbent4 days [1]

Former ministerial titles

Assistant ministers

MinisterParty affiliationMinisterial titleTerm startTerm endTime in office
Joseph Fitzgerald LaborAssistant Minister for Local Government17 June 192524 March 1926280 days
Jack Renshaw LaborAssistant Minister for Local Government3 April 195223 February 1953326 days

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