The chief executive officer, called Secretary, for the department is Simon Smith. The Secretary is responsible to the Minister for Regional New South Wales, Minister for Skills and Minister for Small Business, currently the Hon. John Barilaro MP who also serves as the Deputy Premier; the Minister for Primary Industries, Minister for Regional Water, Minister for Trade and Industry, currently the Hon. Niall Blair MLC; the Minister for Resources, Energy and Utilities, currently the Hon. Don Harwin MLC; and the Minister for Lands and Forestry and the Minister for Racing, currently the Hon. Paul Toole MP. The Assistant Minister for Skills, the Hon. Adam Marshall MP, supports the administration of the portfolio. All ministers are ultimately responsible to the Parliament of New South Wales.
The NSW Department of Industry supports all areas of economic activity where NSW has competitive strengths, and has responsibilities for:
The strategies of the NSW Department of Industry are built on close relationships to understand industry's needs. The department delivers a wide range of training and specialist advisory services, and works to secure efficient and dependable government decision-making that contributes to business confidence.
The NSW Department of Industry is led by the Secretary, Simon Smith, who is supported by an executive team consisting of the heads of each division. The department has four operational areas delivering to its industries: