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
. From July 2009
portfolios, previously led by a department of the same name, were regrouped into 13 'super departments' each led by a Director-General and comprising a number of portfolios covering specific policy areas across the department and allocated statutory authorities, trading enterprises, boards, councils and other public bodies. In April 2011 following the election of a new state government, agencies were further aggregated around 9 clusters or 'principal departments'.
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. Where there are multiple portfolios within a department, Directors-General may be accountable to a number of ministers. The responsibilities and goals of many agencies are set 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.
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