On 1 July 2015, three agencies join the Department of Justice. These are Arts NSW (and Screen NSW) Office of Liquor Gaming and Racing and the Ministry for Police and Emergency Services.
The Independent Liquor and Gaming Authority joins the Justice Cluster along with five independent arts agencies: the Library Council of NSW; Sydney Opera House Trust; Art Gallery of NSW; Trustees of the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences and the Australian Museum Trust.
Transition working parties in all areas of corporate services are currently reviewing what changes are to be made and how those changes will be implemented in consultation with management of the new agencies and Department of Trade and Investment (Department of Industry).
Below is a brief introduction to the new Departmental agencies and links to current websites.
Arts NSW is the Government's arts and culture policy and development body. It invests in the future and success of arts and culture in NSW.
Arts NSW is responsible for strategic and policy leadership across the arts and cultural cluster – including collaboration with the NSW Cultural Institutions: Sydney Opera House, the Art Gallery of NSW, the Australian Museum and the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences. Arts NSW also works closely with Screen NSW to support and promote the screen industry in NSW.
Arts NSW is directly responsible for investment in arts and culture through our assets and infrastructure program, funding programs and targeted strategies to support the sector.
In 2015-16 the Arts and Cultural Cluster budget is $316M. The Government recently released its Arts and Cultural Policy Framework, Create in NSW. Arts NSW will play a strategic leadership role in implementing the policy framework and ongoing engagement with the sector.
The Office of Liquor Gaming and Racing (OLGR) is responsible for the development, implementation and integrity of the overall regulatory framework for liquor, registered clubs, racing and gambling activities in NSW.
OLGR's role includes overall policy direction and advice (including advising government on legislative change) in relation to all regulated activities, early intervention, education and awareness activities and co-ordination of licensing, compliance and enforcement functions.
The organisation's vision is to be a leading regulator achieving social and economic benefits for the people of NSW.
The Police and Emergency Services Division progresses a strategic agenda across law enforcement and police policy, counter-terrorism and emergency management, at national, state and local levels.
The Division provides policy advice to the Minister for Justice and Police and the Minister for Emergency Services and supports them in their Parliamentary and Cabinet roles, as well as their budget management responsibilities. In doing so, the Division supports strategic coordination across the police and emergency services portfolio, and collaborates with other agencies.
The Division administers the contributory system that funds Fire and Rescue NSW, the Rural Fire Service and the State Emergency Service, and manages the State's natural disaster expenditure.
The Division also strengthens emergency management capability and community disaster resilience of NSW, in partnership with other agencies, non-government organisations and the community, at state, regional and local level. It also provides operational capabilities to the Ministers and the NSW Government during response and recovery to natural disasters and terrorist incidents.