NSW Government Cabinet reshuffle – implications for housing policy

In late 2021, Premier Dominic Perrottet announced a major reshuffle of his Cabinet. Beyond a change of portfolios for a number of current and new Ministers, Shelter NSW was interested to see ‘home ownership’ being elevated as a priority (without being entirely clear as to what that will mean and for whom).

The reshuffle sees:

  • Minister Anthony Roberts taking up the portfolios of Minister for Planning and Minister for Homes. The former is a portfolio Minister Roberts held in the first Berejiklian Ministry between 2017-2019; the latter is potentially an old Ministry (‘housing’) with a new twist: requiring a focus on the need for home ownership. At this stage we assume that Minister Roberts will be responsible for the delivery, management and maintenance of public housing stock through the NSW Land and Housing Corporation.
  • Minister Rob Stokes has been announced as the new Minister for Cities, tasked with delivery of the government’s vision for six major urban population centres spanning Sydney, Wollongong, the Central Coast and Newcastle. This new portfolio adds to his existing portfolios of Infrastructure and Active Transport.
  • Minister Eleni Petinos takes up the role of Minister for Fair Trading and Small Business. This Ministry is responsible for laws relating to renting; licencing (including real estate); boarding houses registration; residential land lease communities; consumer safety and strata management. For more information see Fair Trading.
  • Minister Natasha Maclaren-Jones has taken up the Ministry for Families, Communities and Disabilities, the third Minister since the beginning of last year. This Ministry is responsible for the ‘people’ of public and community housing in NSW. The Minister has responsibility for NSW’s response to homelessness; the management of the social housing waiting list, including the assessment of eligibility and allocation and the support for low-income people in private rentals.

Other related announcements include: The Hon Wendy Tuckerman MP being appointed Minister for Local Government and; The Hon Kevin Anderson MP will be appointed Minister for Lands and Water and Minister for Hospitality and Racing
For more information see Premier and Deputy Premier Media Release 20 December 2021