|Premier of New South Wales|
Flag of New South Wales
|Department of Premier and Cabinet|
|Appointer||Governor of New South Wales|
|Term length||At the Governor's pleasure|
|Inaugural holder||Stuart Donaldson|
|Formation||6 June 1856|
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 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 virtue of his or her ability to command the support of a majority of members of the lower house of Parliament, the Legislative Assembly.
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.
Australia, officially the Commonwealth of Australia, is a sovereign country comprising the mainland of the Australian continent, the island of Tasmania and numerous smaller islands. It is the largest country in Oceania and the world's sixth-largest country by total area. The neighbouring countries are Papua New Guinea, Indonesia and East Timor to the north; the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu to the north-east; and New Zealand to the south-east. The population of 25 million is highly urbanised and heavily concentrated on the eastern seaboard. Australia's capital is Canberra, and its largest city is Sydney. The country's other major metropolitan areas are Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide.
The Government of New South Wales, also referred to as the New South Wales Government or NSW 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.
Prior to 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.
The Federation of Australia was the process by which the six separate British self-governing colonies of Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia, and Western Australia agreed to unite and form the Commonwealth of Australia, establishing a system of federalism in Australia. Fiji and New Zealand were originally part of this process, but they decided not to join the federation. Following federation, the six colonies that united to form the Commonwealth of Australia as states kept the systems of government that they had developed as separate colonies, but they also agreed to have a federal government that was responsible for matters concerning the whole nation. When the Constitution of Australia came into force, on 1 January 1901, the colonies collectively became states of the Commonwealth of Australia.
The Prime Minister of Australia is the head of government of Australia. The individual who holds the office is the most senior Minister of State, the leader of the Federal Cabinet. The Prime Minister also has the responsibility of administering the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, and is the chair of the National Security Committee and the Council of Australian Governments. The office of Prime Minister is not mentioned in the Constitution of Australia but exists through Westminster political convention. The individual who holds the office is commissioned by the Governor-General of Australia and at the Governor-General's pleasure subject to the Constitution of Australia and constitutional conventions.
The current Premier is Gladys Berejiklian, the Leader of the New South Wales Liberal Party, who assumed office on 23 January 2017. Berejiklian replaced Mike Baird on 23 January 2017, after Baird resigned as Premier.
Gladys Berejiklian is an Australian politician serving as the 45th and current Premier of New South Wales and the Leader of the New South Wales Liberal Party, offices which she assumed on 23 January 2017 following the resignation of Mike Baird. She has been a member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly since 2003, representing the seat of Willoughby.
Michael Bruce Baird is an Australian investment banker and former politician who was the 44th Premier of New South Wales, the Minister for Infrastructure, the Minister for Western Sydney, and the Leader of the New South Wales Liberal Party from April 2014 to January 2017.
|Portrait||Term of Office||Party||Constituency||Ministry||Election(s)|
|1|| Stuart Donaldson |
|6 June 1856||25 August 1856||No party||Sydney Hamlets||Donaldson||1856|
|2|| Charles Cowper |
|26 August 1856||2 October 1856||No party||Sydney||Cowper I||–|
|3|| Henry Parker |
|3 October 1856||7 September 1857||No party||Parramatta||Parker||–|
|(2) II|| Charles Cowper |
|7 September 1857||26 October 1859||No party|| Sydney |
|Cowper II|| 1858 |
|4|| William Forster |
|27 October 1859||9 March 1860||No party||Queanbeyan||Forster||–|
|5|| John Robertson |
|9 March 1860||9 January 1861||No party||Upper Hunter||Robertson I||1860|
|(2) III|| Charles Cowper |
|10 January 1861||15 October 1863||No party||East Sydney||Cowper III||1860|
|6|| James Martin |
|16 October 1863||2 February 1865||No party|| Tumut |
|(2) IV|| Charles Cowper |
|3 February 1865||21 January 1866||No party||East Sydney||Cowper IV||1864–65|
|(6) II|| James Martin |
|22 January 1866||26 October 1868||No party||Lachlan||Martin II||–|
|(5) II|| John Robertson |
|27 October 1868||12 January 1870||No party|| Clarence |
|(2) V|| Charles Cowper |
|13 January 1870||15 December 1870||No party||Liverpool Plains||Cowper V||–|
|(6) III|| Sir James Martin |
|16 December 1870||13 May 1872||No party|| East Sydney |
|7|| Henry Parkes |
|14 May 1872||8 February 1875||No party||East Sydney||Parkes I|| 1872 |
|(5) III|| John Robertson |
|9 February 1875||21 March 1877||No party||West Sydney||Robertson III||1874–75|
|(7) II|| Henry Parkes |
|22 March 1877||16 August 1877||No party|| East Sydney |
|(5) IV|| Sir John Robertson |
|17 August 1877||17 December 1877||No party|| West Sydney |
|8|| James Farnell |
|18 December 1877||20 December 1878||No party||St Leonards||Farnell||–|
|(7) III|| Sir Henry Parkes |
|21 December 1878||4 January 1883||No party|| Canterbury |
|Parkes III|| 1880 |
|9|| Alexander Stuart |
|5 January 1883||6 October 1885||No party||Illawarra||Stuart||–|
|10|| George Dibbs |
|7 October 1885||21 December 1885||No party|| St Leonards |
|(5) V|| Sir John Robertson |
|22 December 1885||22 February 1886||No party||Mudgee||Robertson V||–|
|11|| Sir Patrick Jennings |
|26 February 1886||19 January 1887||No party||Bogan||Jennings||1887|
|(7) IV|| Sir Henry Parkes |
|25 January 1887||16 January 1889||Free Trade||St Leonards||Parkes IV||1887|
|(10) II|| George Dibbs |
|17 January 1889||7 March 1889||Protectionist||Murrumbidgee||Dibbs II||1889|
|(7) V|| Sir Henry Parkes |
|8 March 1889||23 October 1891||Free Trade||St Leonards||Parkes V||1889|
|(10) III|| George Dibbs |
|23 October 1891||2 August 1894||Protectionist||Murrumbidgee||Dibbs III|| 1891 |
|12|| George Reid |
|3 August 1894||13 September 1899||Free Trade|| East Sydney |
|Reid|| 1894 |
|13|| Sir William Lyne |
|14 September 1899||27 March 1901||Protectionist||Hume||Lyne||–|
|14|| Sir John See |
|28 March 1901||14 June 1904||Progressive||Grafton||See||1901|
|15|| Thomas Waddell |
|15 June 1904||29 August 1904||Progressive||Cowra||Waddell||1904|
|16|| Sir Joseph Carruthers |
|29 August 1904||1 October 1907||Liberal Reform||St George||Carruthers||1904|
|17|| Charles Wade |
|2 October 1907||1 October 1910||Liberal Reform||Gordon||Wade|| 1907 |
|18|| James McGowen |
|21 October 1910||29 June 1913||Labor||Redfern||McGowen||1910|
|19|| William Holman |
|30 June 1913||15 November 1916||Labor||Cootamundra||Holman I|| 1913 |
|15 November 1916||12 April 1920||Nationalist||Holman II|
|20|| John Storey |
|13 April 1920||5 October 1921||Labor||Balmain||Storey||1920|
|21|| James Dooley |
|5 October 1921||20 December 1921||Labor||Bathurst||Dooley I||–|
|22|| Sir George Fuller |
|20 December 1921||20 December 1921||Nationalist||Wollondilly||Fuller I||–|
|(21) II|| James Dooley |
|20 December 1921||13 April 1922||Labor||Bathurst||Dooley II||1922|
|(22) II|| Sir George Fuller |
|13 April 1922||17 June 1925||Nationalist||Wollondilly||Fuller II|| 1922 |
|23|| Jack Lang |
|17 June 1925||18 October 1927||Labor||Parramatta|| Lang I |
| 1925 |
|24|| Thomas Bavin |
|18 October 1927||4 November 1930||Nationalist||Gordon||Bavin|| 1927 |
|(23) II|| Jack Lang |
|4 November 1930||16 May 1932||Labor||Auburn||Lang III||1930|
|25|| Bertram Stevens |
|16 May 1932||5 August 1939||United Australia||Croydon|| Stevens I |
| 1932 |
|26|| Alexander Mair |
|5 August 1939||16 May 1941||United Australia||Albury||Mair||1941|
|27|| William McKell |
|16 May 1941||6 February 1947||Labor||Redfern|| McKell I |
| 1941 |
|28|| James McGirr |
|6 February 1947||2 April 1952||Labor|| Bankstown |
| McGirr I |
| 1947 |
|29|| Joseph Cahill |
|2 April 1952||22 October 1959||Labor||Cook's River|| Cahill I |
| 1953 |
|30|| Bob Heffron |
|23 October 1959||30 April 1964||Labor||Maroubra|| Heffron I |
|31|| Jack Renshaw |
|30 April 1964||13 May 1965||Labor||Castlereagh||Renshaw||1965|
|32|| Sir Robert Askin |
|13 May 1965||3 January 1975||Liberal|| Collaroy |
| Askin I |
| 1965 |
|33|| Tom Lewis |
|3 January 1975||23 January 1976||Liberal||Wollondilly|| Lewis I |
|34|| Sir Eric Willis |
|23 January 1976||14 May 1976||Liberal||Earlwood||Willis||1976|
|35|| Neville Wran |
|14 May 1976||4 July 1986||Labor||Bass Hill|| Wran I |
| 1976 |
|36|| Barrie Unsworth |
|4 July 1986||25 March 1988||Labor||Rockdale||Unsworth||1988|
|37|| Nick Greiner |
|25 March 1988||24 June 1992||Liberal||Ku-ring-gai|| Greiner I |
| 1988 |
|38|| John Fahey |
|24 June 1992||4 April 1995||Liberal||Southern Highlands|| Fahey I |
|39|| Bob Carr |
|4 April 1995||3 August 2005||Labor||Maroubra|| Carr I |
| 1995 |
|40|| Morris Iemma |
|3 August 2005||5 September 2008||Labor||Lakemba|| Iemma I |
|41|| Nathan Rees |
|5 September 2008||4 December 2009||Labor||Toongabbie||Rees||–|
|42|| Kristina Keneally |
|4 December 2009||28 March 2011||Labor||Heffron||Keneally||2011|
|43|| Barry O'Farrell |
|28 March 2011||17 April 2014||Liberal||Ku-ring-gai||O'Farrell||2011|
|44|| Mike Baird |
|17 April 2014||23 January 2017||Liberal||Manly|| Baird I |
|45|| Gladys Berejiklian |
|23 January 2017||Incumbent||Liberal||Willoughby||Berejiklian||2019|
Nine former premiers are alive, the oldest being Barrie Unsworth (1986–1988, born 1934). The most recent premier to die was Tom Lewis on 25 April 2016.
Barrie John Unsworth is a former Australian politician, representing the Labor Party in the Parliament of New South Wales from 1978 to 1991. He served as the 36th Premier from July 1986 to March 1988.
Thomas Lancelot Lewis was a New South Wales politician, Premier of New South Wales and minister in the cabinets of Sir Robert Askin and Sir Eric Willis. He became Premier following Askin's retirement from politics and held the position until he was replaced by Willis in a party vote. Lewis was first elected to the New South Wales Legislative Assembly for the Electoral district of Wollondilly for the Liberal Party in 1957, and served until his resignation in 1978.
|Name||Term as premier||Date of birth||Current age|
|Barrie Unsworth||1986–1988||16 April 1934||84 years, 343 days|
|Nick Greiner||1988–1992||27 April 1947||71 years, 332 days|
|John Fahey||1992–1995||10 January 1945||74 years, 74 days|
|Bob Carr||1995–2005||28 September 1947||71 years, 178 days|
|Morris Iemma||2005–2008||21 July 1961||57 years, 247 days|
|Nathan Rees||2008–2009||12 February 1968||51 years, 41 days|
|Kristina Keneally||2009–2011||19 December 1968||50 years, 96 days|
|Barry O'Farrell||2011–2014||24 May 1959||59 years, 305 days|
|Mike Baird||2014–2017||1 April 1968||50 years, 358 days|
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.
Melinda Jane Pavey, an Australian politician, is the New South Wales Minister for Water, Property and Housing in the second Berejiklian ministry since April 2019. Pavey has been a member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly since 2015, representing the seat of Oxley for The Nationals. She was previously a member of the New South Wales Legislative Council between 2002 and 2015.
Andrew James Constance, an Australian politician, is the New South Wales Minister for Transport and Roads in the second Berejiklian ministry since April 2019. He is the member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly representing Bega for the Liberal Party since 2003.
Anthony John Roberts, an Australian politician, is the New South Wales Minister for Counter Terrorism and Corrections in the second Berejiklian ministry since April 2019. Roberts is a member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly representing Lane Cove for the Liberal Party since 2003.
Bradley Ronald Hazzard, an Australian politician, is the New South Wales Minister for Health and Medical Research since January 2017 in the Berejiklian government. Hazzard is a member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly representing Wakehurst for the Liberal Party since 1991.
Robert Gordon Stokes, an Australian politician, is the New South Wales Minister for Planning and Public Spaces in the second Berejiklian ministry since April 2019. He is a member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly representing Pittwater for the Liberal Party since 2007.
Victor Michael Dominello, an Australian politician, is the New South Wales Minister for Customer Service in the second Berejiklian ministry since April 2019. Dominello is a member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly, representing the electorate of Ryde for the Liberal Party since 2008.
Gabrielle Cecelia Upton, an Australian politician, is the member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly, representing the seat of Vaucluse for the Liberal Party since 2011.
Stuart Laurence Ayres, an Australian politician, is the New South Wales Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney in the second Berejiklian ministry since April 2019. Ayres is a member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly since 19 June 2010, representing the electorate of Penrith as a member of the Liberal Party.
New South Wales politics takes place in context of bicameral parliamentary system. The main parties are the Liberal and National parties of the governing Coalition and the Australian Labor Party. Other minor political parties include the Greens, Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party, the Christian Democratic Party, the One Nation, the Liberal Democratic Party and the Keep Sydney Open..
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.
Paul Lawrence Toole, an Australian politician, is the Deputy Leader of the New South Wales Nationals since 2019. Toole is the New South Wales Minister for Regional Transport and Roads in the second Berejiklian ministry since April 2019. He is a member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly, representing Bathurst for the Nationals since 26 March 2011.
Troy Wayne Grant, a former Australian politician, was the Minister for Police and the Minister for Emergency Services from January 2017 until March 2019 in the Berejiklian government. Grant was a member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly representing Dubbo for the Nationals from 2011 to 2019.
Mark Raymond Speakman, an Australian politician, is the New South Wales Attorney General since January 2017 and the Minister for the Prevention of Domestic Violence in the second Berejiklian ministry since April 2019. Speakman is a member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly representing Cronulla for the Liberal Party since 2011.
Dominic Francis Perrottet, an Australian politician, is the New South Wales Treasurer since January 2017 in the Berejiklian government. Perrottet was elected as the Deputy Leader of the New South Wales Liberal Party also in January 2017. He has been a member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly representing the seat of Epping for the Liberal Party since 2019, having previously represented Castle Hill from 2011 to 2015 and Hawkesbury from 2015 to 2019.
Niall Mark Blair is an Australian politician and former Deputy Leader of the New South Wales Nationals. Blair has been a Nationals member of the New South Wales Legislative Council since March 2011, although announced his retirement from politics in March 2019.
Sarah Mitchell, an Australian politician, is the Minister for Education and Early Childhood Learning in the second Berejiklian ministry since April 2019. She has been a Nationals member of the New South Wales Legislative Council since March 2011.
Adam John Marshall, an Australian politician, is the New South Wales Minister for Agriculture and Western New South Wales in the second Berejiklian ministry since April 2019. Marshall is a member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly, and has represented Northern Tablelands since a 2013 by-election, as a member of The Nationals.
The Second Baird ministry was the 95th ministry of the Government of New South Wales, and was led by Mike Baird, the state's 44th Premier. It is the second and subsequent of two occasions when Baird served as Premier.
The First Berejiklian ministry was the 96th ministry of the Government of New South Wales, and was led by Gladys Berejiklian, the state's 45th Premier.
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