Premier John Fahey appointed the first State Department for women on 1 July, 1993, under the Constitution Act 1902 removing the Women’s Coordination Unit from the Chief Secretary’s Department and establishing it as an administrative office (with the name ‘Ministry for the Status and Advancement of Women’) responsible to the Minister for the Status of Women (1). The first NSW Minister for the Status of Women was the Hon. Kerry Chikarovski.
The Ministry administered the Women’s Legal Status Act (No.50, 1918), which had passed from the Attorney General’s responsibility (2). Five branches and a small executive unit were established to undertake the activities of the Ministry. Its functions included management and administration services; policy initiative and implementation strategies in relation to the status of women in New South Wales; community liaison, including education, research and information services; and Secretariat to the Women’s Consultative Committee (3).
The Department of Women replaced the Ministry for the Status and Advancement of Women on 5 April, 1995 (4).
1. NSW Government Gazette No.63, 24.6.1993, pp.3062-63
2. NSW Government Directory 1993, Ed 1, p.75
3. Ministry for the Status and Advancement of Women Annual Report 1994, p.7
4. NSW Government Gazette No.39, 5.April, 1995, p.1859