Following the March 23 State election, Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced a refreshed Cabinet and the creation of clusters to rationalise services across departments.
For the Business Association and our ongoing advocacy for new transport infrastructure the changes potentially generate enhanced opportunities to streamline our own government communication channels.
Roads and Maritime Services, the state’s roads agency, will be brought inside Transport for NSW as part of this administrative overhaul. Under the new arrangements, former transport minister Andrew Constance now has responsibility for both roads and transport. There had previously been separate ministers for roads and transport (Melinda Pavey for Roads and Stuart Ayres for WestConnex). Pavey has moved to Water, Property and Housing and Ayres now has responsibility for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney.
A full list of the new NSW State Government Cabinet and Parliamentary Office Holders is here.
The government will incorporate the following clusters.
- Stronger Communities
- Incorporates former Family & Communities and Justice
- Planning and Industry
- Incorporates former Planning & Environment and Industry
- Customer Service
- plan, prioritise, fund and drive digital transformation and customer service across every cluster
- Premier and Cabinet
- Incorporates Aboriginal Affairs, the Arts and Heritage functions, and Employee Relations
- Transport for NSW as the lead agency will bring in the functions of Roads and Maritime Services. RMS will cease as a separate agency.
- Incorporates Finance, Services & Innovation and the economic development functions from Industry
- Incorporates vocational and skills functions including TAFE and is accountable for job outcomes for the next generation