The Premier has set new Priorities that will tackle tough community challenges, lift the quality of life for all citizens and put people at the heart of everything the NSW Government does. The ambitious targets set for the 14 new Premier's Priorities were announced on 28 June 2019.

Each Premier’s Priority has a lead Department or agency, however cross-government collaboration across the NSW public sector is key to delivering on the priorities. Information on the Premier’s Priorities is available on the NSW Government website.

Premier’s Priorities

The 14 Premier’s Priorities are:

Priorities Lead Cluster

Bumping up education results for children

Increase the proportion of public school students in the top two NAPLAN bands (or equivalent) for literacy and numeracy by 15 per cent by 2023, including through a state-wide rollout of Bump it Up.

Department of Education

Increase the number of Aboriginal young people reaching their learning potential

Increase the proportion of Aboriginal students attaining Year 12 by 2023, while maintaining cultural identity.

Department of Education

Protecting our most vulnerable children

Decrease the proportion of children and young people re-reported at risk of significant harm by 20 per cent by 2023.

Department of Communities and Justice

Increasing permanency in out-of-home care

Double the number of children in safe and permanent homes by 2023 for children in, or at risk of entering, out-of-home care.

Department of Communities and Justice

Reducing domestic violence reoffending

Reduce the number of domestic violence reoffenders by 25 per cent by 2023.

Department of Communities and Justice

Reducing recidivism in the prison population

Reduce adult reoffending following release from prison by 5 per cent by 2023.

Department of Communities and Justice

Reducing homelessness

Reduce street homelessness across NSW by 50 per cent by 2025.

Department of Communities and Justice

Improving service levels in hospitals

100 per cent of all triage category 1, 95 per cent of triage category 2 and 85 per cent of triage category 3 patients commencing treatment on time by 2023.

NSW Health

Improving outpatient and community care

Reduce preventable hospital visits by 5 per cent through to 2023 by caring for people in the community.

NSW Health

Toward zero suicides

Reduce the rate of suicide deaths in NSW by 20 per cent by 2023.

NSW Health

Greener public spaces

Increase the proportion of homes in urban areas within 10 minutes' walk of quality green, open and public space by 10 per cent by 2023.

Department of Industry, Planning and Environment 

Greening our city

Increase the tree canopy and green cover across Greater Sydney by planting 1 million trees by 2022.

Department of Industry, Planning and Environment

Government made easy

Increase the number of government services where the citizens of NSW only need to 'Tell Us Once' by 2023.

Department of Customer Service

World class public service

Implement best practice productivity and digital capability in the NSW public sector, and drive public sector diversity by 2025 through:

  • 50 per cent of senior leadership roles held by women;
  • Increase the number of Aboriginal people in senior leadership roles; and 
  • 5.6 per cent of government sector roles held by people with a disability.
Public Service Commission

The Premier’s Awards showcases achievements and progress towards achieving the Premier's Priorities in team and individual categories. The Public Service Commission administers these annual awards. Nominations are gathered over an eight-week period during the first half of the year, leading to an awards ceremony in October or November.