Premier of New South Wales

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Premier of New South Wales
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Incumbent
Dominic Perrottet

since 5 October 2021
Department of Premier and Cabinet
Style
Status Head of Government
Member of New South Wales Legislative Assembly
Reports to Parliament
Appointer Governor of New South Wales
by convention, based on appointee's ability to command confidence in the Legislative Assembly
Term length At the Governor's pleasure
contingent on the premier's ability to command confidence in the lower house of Parliament
Constituting instrumentNone (constitutional convention)
Formation6 June 1856
First holder Stuart Donaldson
Deputy Deputy Premier of New South Wales

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 Parliamentary 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 his or her ability to command the support of a majority of members of the lower house of Parliament, the Legislative Assembly.

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Before 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. [1] [2]

The current premier is Dominic Perrottet, the Leader of the New South Wales Liberal Party, who assumed office on 5 October 2021. Perrottet replaced Gladys Berejiklian on 5 October 2021, after Berejiklian resigned as premier. [3]

List of premiers of New South Wales

No.Name
(lifespan)
PortraitAssumed officeLeft officeTerm of officePartyConstituencyMinistryElection(s)
1 Stuart Donaldson
(1812–1867)
Stuart A. Donaldson.jpg 6 June 185625 August 185680 daysNo party Sydney Hamlets Donaldson 1856
2 Charles Cowper
(1807–1875)
Charlescowper.jpg 26 August 18562 October 185637 daysNo party Sydney Cowper I
3 Henry Parker
(1808–1881)
Henry Watson Parker.jpg 3 October 18567 September 1857339 daysNo party Parramatta Parker
(2) II Charles Cowper
(1807–1875)
Charlescowper.jpg 7 September 185726 October 18592 years, 49 daysNo party Sydney
East Sydney
Cowper II 1858
4 William Forster
(1818–1882)
PremierWilliamForster.jpg 27 October 18599 March 18601 year, 165 daysNo party Queanbeyan Forster 1859
5 John Robertson
(1816–1891)
Sir John Robertson.jpg 9 March 18609 January 1861306 daysNo party Upper Hunter Robertson I
(2) III Charles Cowper
(1807–1875)
Charlescowper.jpg 10 January 186115 October 18632 years, 278 daysNo party East Sydney Cowper III 1860
6 James Martin
(1820–1886)
SirJamesMartin.jpg 16 October 18632 February 18651 year, 109 daysNo party Tumut
Monaro
Martin I
(2) IV Charles Cowper
(1807–1875)
Charlescowper.jpg 3 February 186521 January 1866352 daysNo party East Sydney Cowper IV 1864–65
(6) II James Martin
(1820–1886)
SirJamesMartin.jpg 22 January 186626 October 18682 years, 278 daysNo party Lachlan Martin II
(5) II John Robertson
(1816–1891)
Sir John Robertson.jpg 27 October 186812 January 18701 year, 77 daysNo party Clarence
West Sydney
Robertson II
(2) V Charles Cowper
(1807–1875)
Charlescowper.jpg 13 January 187015 December 1870336 daysNo party Liverpool Plains Cowper V 1869–70
(6) III Sir James Martin
(1820–1886)
SirJamesMartin.jpg 16 December 187013 May 18721 year, 149 daysNo party East Sydney
East Macquarie
Martin III
7 Henry Parkes
(1815–1896)
Henryparkes.jpg 14 May 18728 February 18752 years, 270 daysNo party East Sydney Parkes I 1872
(5) III John Robertson
(1816–1891)
Sir John Robertson.jpg 9 February 187521 March 18772 years, 40 daysNo party West Sydney Robertson III 1874–75
(7) II Henry Parkes
(1815–1896)
Henryparkes.jpg 22 March 187716 August 1877175 daysNo party East Sydney
Canterbury
Parkes II
(5) IV Sir John Robertson
(1816–1891)
Sir John Robertson.jpg 17 August 187717 December 1877122 daysNo party West Sydney
East Macquarie
Mudgee
Robertson IV
8 James Farnell
(1825–1888)
Farnell James.jpg 18 December 187720 December 18781 year, 2 daysNo party St Leonards Farnell 1877
(7) III Sir Henry Parkes
(1815–1896)
Henryparkes.jpg 21 December 18784 January 18834 years, 14 daysNo party Canterbury
East Sydney
Tenterfield
Parkes III 1880
9 Alexander Stuart
(1824–1886)
Alexander Stuart Federation Conference 1884.jpg 5 January 18836 October 18852 years, 274 daysNo party Illawarra Stuart 1882
10 George Dibbs
(1834–1904)
George Dibbs Federation Conference 1884.jpg 7 October 188521 December 188575 daysNo party St Leonards
Murrumbidgee
Dibbs I 1885
(5) V Sir John Robertson
(1816–1891)
Sir John Robertson.jpg 22 December 188522 February 188662 daysNo party Mudgee Robertson V
11 Sir Patrick Jennings
(1831–1897)
Patrick Jennings.jpg 26 February 188619 January 1887327 daysNo party Bogan Jennings
(7) IV Sir Henry Parkes
(1815–1896)
Henryparkes.jpg 25 January 188716 January 18891 year, 357 days Free Trade St Leonards Parkes IV 1887
(10) II George Dibbs
(1834–1904)
George Dibbs Federation Conference 1884.jpg 17 January 18897 March 188949 days Protectionist Murrumbidgee Dibbs II
(7) V Sir Henry Parkes
(1815–1896)
Henryparkes.jpg 8 March 188923 October 18912 years, 229 daysFree Trade St Leonards Parkes V 1889

1891

(10) III George Dibbs
(1834–1904)
George Dibbs Federation Conference 1884.jpg 23 October 18912 August 18942 years, 283 daysProtectionist Murrumbidgee Dibbs III
12 George Reid
(1845–1918)
George Reid cph.3c31684.jpg 3 August 189413 September 18995 years, 41 daysFree Trade East Sydney
Sydney-King
Reid 1894
1895
1898
13 Sir William Lyne
(1844–1913)
Williamlyne.jpg 14 September 189927 March 19011 year, 194 daysProtectionist Hume Lyne
14 Sir John See
(1844–1907)
JohnSee.jpg 28 March 190114 June 19043 years, 78 days Progressive Grafton See 1901
15 Thomas Waddell
(1854–1940)
Thomas Waddell.jpg 15 June 190429 August 190475 daysProgressive Cowra Waddell
16 Sir Joseph Carruthers
(1857–1932)
Joseph Carruthers.png 29 August 19041 October 19073 years, 33 days Liberal Reform St George Carruthers 1904

1907

17 Charles Wade
(1863–1922)
Wade Charles.gif 2 October 19071 October 19102 years, 364 daysLiberal Reform Gordon Wade
18 James McGowen
(1855–1922)
James McGowen Premier.png 21 October 191029 June 19132 years, 251 daysLabor Redfern McGowen 1910
19 William Holman
(1871–1934)
William Holman 1919.jpg 30 June 191315 November 19166 years, 287 daysLabor Cootamundra Holman I 1913

1917

(19)15 November 191612 April 1920 Nationalist Holman II
20 John Storey
(1869–1921)
John Storey cropped.jpg 13 April 19205 October 19211 year, 175 daysLabor Balmain Storey 1920
21 James Dooley
(1877–1950)
JamesDooleySpeaker.jpg 5 October 192120 December 192176 daysLabor Bathurst Dooley I
22 Sir George Fuller
(1861–1940)
George fuller.jpg 20 December 192120 December 19210 daysNationalist Wollondilly Fuller I
(21) II James Dooley
(1877–1950)
JamesDooleySpeaker.jpg 20 December 192113 April 1922114 daysLabor Bathurst Dooley II
(22) II Sir George Fuller
(1861–1940)
George fuller.jpg 13 April 192217 June 19253 years, 55 daysNationalist Wollondilly Fuller II 1922
23 Jack Lang
(1876–1975)
Jack Lang 1928 (cropped).jpg 17 June 192518 October 19272 years, 123 daysLabor Parramatta Lang I
Lang II
1925
24 Thomas Bavin
(1874–1941)
Thomas Bavin.jpg 18 October 19274 November 19303 years, 17 daysNationalist Gordon Bavin 1927
(23) II Jack Lang
(1876–1975)
JackLang.jpg 4 November 193016 May 19321 year, 194 daysLabor Auburn Lang III 1930
25 Bertram Stevens
(1889–1973)
Bertram Stevens.jpg 16 May 19325 August 19397 years, 81 days United Australia Croydon Stevens I
Stevens II
Stevens III
1932
1935
1938
26 Alexander Mair
(1889–1969)
Alexander mair.jpg 5 August 193916 May 19411 year, 284 daysUnited Australia Albury Mair
27 William McKell
(1891–1985)
Williammckell.jpg 16 May 19416 February 19475 years, 266 daysLabor Redfern McKell I
McKell II
1941
1944
28 James McGirr
(1890–1957)
JamesMcGirr1947.jpg 6 February 19472 April 19525 years, 56 daysLabor Bankstown
Liverpool
McGirr I
McGirr II
McGirr III
1947
1950
29 Joseph Cahill
(1891–1959)
JosephCahill1956.jpg 2 April 195222 October 19597 years, 203 daysLabor Cook's River Cahill I
Cahill II
Cahill III
Cahill IV
1953
1956
1959
30 Bob Heffron
(1890–1978)
BobHeffron1963.jpg 23 October 195930 April 19644 years, 190 daysLabor Maroubra Heffron I
Heffron II
1962
31 Jack Renshaw
(1909–1987)
JackRenshaw1963.jpg 30 April 196413 May 19651 year, 13 daysLabor Castlereagh Renshaw
32 Sir Robert Askin
(1907–1981)
Robert Askin 1966.jpg 13 May 19653 January 19759 years, 235 days Liberal Collaroy
Pittwater
Askin I
Askin II
Askin III
Askin IV
Askin V
Askin VI
1965
1968
1971
1973
33 Tom Lewis
(1922–2016)
Thomas Lewis.gif 3 January 197523 January 19761 year, 20 daysLiberal Wollondilly Lewis I
Lewis II
34 Sir Eric Willis
(1922–1999)
Sir Eric.jpg 23 January 197614 May 1976112 daysLiberal Earlwood Willis
35 Neville Wran
(1926–2014)
Neville Wran CNZM (cropped).jpg 14 May 19764 July 198610 years, 21 daysLabor Bass Hill Wran I
Wran II
Wran III
Wran IV
Wran V
Wran VI
Wran VII
Wran VIII
1976
1981
1984
36 Barrie Unsworth
(1934–)
Barrie Unsworth.png 4 July 198625 March 19881 year, 295 daysLabor Rockdale Unsworth
37 Nick Greiner
(1947–)
Nick Greiner.jpg 25 March 198824 June 19924 years, 91 daysLiberal Ku-ring-gai Greiner I
Greiner II
1988
1991
38 John Fahey
(1945–2020)
24 June 19924 April 19952 years, 284 daysLiberal Southern Highlands Fahey I
Fahey II
Fahey III
39 Bob Carr
(1947–)
Bob Carr.jpg 4 April 19953 August 200510 years, 121 daysLabor Maroubra Carr I
Carr II
Carr III
Carr IV
1995
1999
2003
40 Morris Iemma
(1961–)
MorrisIemma.jpg 3 August 20055 September 20083 years, 36 daysLabor Lakemba Iemma I
Iemma II
2007
41 Nathan Rees
(1968–)
Nathan Rees.jpg 5 September 20084 December 20091 year, 121 daysLabor Toongabbie Rees
42 Kristina Keneally
(1968–)
Kristina KeneallyCrop.jpg 4 December 200928 March 20111 year, 114 daysLabor Heffron Keneally
43 Barry O'Farrell
(1959– )
Premier Barry O'Farrell - Flickr - Eva Rinaldi Celebrity and Live Music Photographer.jpg 28 March 201117 April 20143 years, 20 daysLiberal Ku-ring-gai O'Farrell 2011
44 Mike Baird
(1968–)
Mike Baird Day-1-Opening-Plenary-4091 (cropped).jpg 17 April 201423 January 20172 years, 281 daysLiberal Manly Baird I
Baird II
2015
45 Gladys Berejiklian
(1970–)
Gladys Berejiklian NSW (cropped).jpg 23 January 20175 October 20214 years, 255 daysLiberal Willoughby Berejiklian I
Berejiklian II
2019
46 Dominic Perrottet
(1982–)
CEBIT Australia - Day 2, The Hon Dominic Perrottet MP (2) (cropped).jpg 5 October 2021Incumbent82 daysLiberal Epping Perrottet

Living former premiers

Nine former premiers are alive, the oldest being Barrie Unsworth (1986–1988, born 1934). The most recent premier to die was John Fahey on 12 September 2020. [4]

NameTerm as premierDate of birthCurrent age
Barrie Unsworth 1986–198816 April 193487 years, 254 days
Nick Greiner 1988–199227 April 194774 years, 243 days
Bob Carr 1995–200528 September 194774 years, 89 days
Morris Iemma 2005–200821 July 196160 years, 158 days
Nathan Rees 2008–200912 February 196853 years, 317 days
Kristina Keneally 2009–201119 December 196853 years, 7 days
Barry O'Farrell 2011–201424 May 195962 years, 216 days
Mike Baird 2014–20171 April 196853 years, 269 days
Gladys Berejiklian 2017–202122 September 197051 years, 95 days

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