NSW Labor Policy


Chris Minns and NSW Labor outlined and referenced a ‘Fresh Start Plan’ throughout their campaign, to illustrate to New South Wales their vision for the state moving forward after 12 years in opposition.

Minns and his team pledged to the following commitments:

Make NSW’s education system world-class again

  • Build 100 public preschools
  • Investing in 50 new and expanded preschools at non-government schools
  • Recruit and retain more teachers
    • Reducing workloads
    • Making salaries more competitive
    • Converting 10,000 temporary teachers to permanent roles
  • Fully fund every public school with the $400 million Education Future Fund
    • Deliver new and upgraded schools in fast-growing areas
    • Ban mobile phones in public schools
  • Rebuild TAFE and guarantee minimum funding.

Repair and rebuild the NSW health system

  • Introduce enforceable minimum Safe Staffing Levels in public hospitals
  • Hire an additional 500 paramedics in rural and regional NSW
  • Expand hospital capacity
    • Deliver over 600 new hospital beds in Western Sydney
    • Build a brand new 300 bed hospital in Rouse Hill
    • Upgrade hospitals
      • Canterbury
      • Fairfield
      • Mount Druitt
      • Blacktown
    • Open the new Eurobodalla Hospital at Level 4 capacity
  • Invest $100 million over five years to boost the funding of Women’s Health Centers
  • Provide a free breast cancer nurse to every person experiencing breast cancer
  • Remove wages cap on healthcare workers
  • Recruit 1,200 more nurses and midwives

Fix the NSW transport system and reduce the burden of tolls

  • End privatisation of public transport
  • Build trains, busses, ferries and light rail in NSW
    • Create at least 1,000 new jobs in the design and build phase
  • Introduce a $60 weekly toll cap for motorways
  • Retain the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Tunnel as publicly owned
  • Improve bus services

Make housing affordable for buyers and renters

  • Abolish or reduce stamp duty for 95% of first homebuyer
    • Concessional rate to first-home buyers purchasing a property up to $1 million.
  • Appoint a rental commissioner
  • Ban secret rent bidding
  • Allow pets in rentals
  • Introduce a portable bonds scheme
  • Address housing supply
  • Make regional housing more affordable

End privatisation and create a state-owned clean energy corporation

  • Start a state-owned clean energy corporation – the NSW Energy Security Corporation
    • $1 billion investment into the existing Restart NSW Fund
  • Legislate Net Zero by 2050
  • Reducing emissions by 50% on 2005 levels by 2030
  • Establish a Net Zero Commission

Build a resilient economy

  • Halt the privatisation of state assets
  • Bring back domestic manufacturing
  • Build the Tangara replacement trains
  • Establish a TAFE Domestic Manufacturing Centers of Excellence
    • Train, retrain and upskill 1,000 apprentices and workers in traditional advanced manufacturing techniques and technologies every year
    • Commit $42.7 million towards upgrading and fitting-out three facilities to cater for 1,000 students a year and offer courses like mechanical engineering and electrical fitting for free
  • Making outdoor dining permanently available
  • Boost local procurement
    • Increase the threshold for direct procurement with small businesses
    • Increase the proportion of government expenditure through procurement
    • Simplifying contracts for whole of government schemes and key goods and services programs
  • Establish a NSW Business Bureau
    • Reduce red tape
    • Provide support in tendering for government contracts
    • Provide guidance in accessing government programs, grants and initiatives
  • Charter for small businesses
    • Codify the NSW Government’s commitment to small business, and the framework for which the NSW Government will engage with small businesses

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