From 1 July 2019, the Department of Family and Community Services (FACS) and Department of Justice will be a single department, named the Department of Communities and Justice
The new department will enable services to better work together to support everyone's right to access justice and other help for families, and promote early intervention and inclusion, with benefits for the whole community.
The Department of Communities and Justice will be the lead agency in the new Stronger Communities Cluster.
The new Stronger Communities Cluster brings together, and replaces, the Family and Communities and Justice Clusters. It brings all government services targeted at achieving safe, just, inclusive and resilient communities under one roof.
You can still access up-to-date, reliable information on the existing Department of Justice and Department of Family and Community Services websites. Read more about the recent machinery of government changes on the Department of Premier and Cabinet's website.
This page contains information about the role, vision, governance and structure of the Department of Justice.
Detailed information about the department's divisions, offices, functions and services is available from each area's 'About us' page. Visit the
Justice A-Z directory for links to each of the department's areas of business.
The Department of Justice delivers legal, court and supervision services to the people of NSW by managing courts and justice services, implementing programs to reduce crime and re‑offending, managing custodial and community-based correctional services, protecting rights and community standards and advising on law reform and legal matters.
The department delivers a diverse range of essential services and supports to the community of NSW at the point in their lives where they come into contact with either the criminal or civil justice system.
The department is responsible for:
Our purpose is
creating a safe and just NSW.
We do this through providing a focused, fairer and faster justice system with programs and services which contribute to building safe communities and the protection of rights.
Corporate Plan 2017-2020 [PDF, 654KB] sets the strategic direction for the department and is key to ensuring we achieve our strategic goals including government commitments and priorities.
The Secretary of the Department leads the Justice Executive Team made up of:
The Justice Executive Team works with the Secretary to maintain an overview of the department's performance. The executive monitors the delivery of strategic priorities, and financial and organisational performance.
The executive oversees the progress of key government, Justice Cluster and department plans and priorities such as NSW 2021, roadmaps, savings plans, department strategic and business plans, and ensures the Minister and the government are appropriately advised.
The Department of Justice is the Principal Department for the Justice Cluster. The cluster is made up of 12 agencies whose work includes effective and efficient operation of the justice system in NSW and progressing the State Plan NSW 2021.
These agencies are:
Department of Justice organisation chart [PDF, 93KB].
The department's websites include: