The Premier of NSW, the Hon Chris Minns has named Tim Crakanthorp (pictured) as the new NSW Minister for Skills, TAFE and Tertiary Education, and Minister for the Hunter. The Premier’s announcement follows the NSW election on 25 March, which saw Labor returned to government for the first time in many years.
Tim Crakanthorp has been State Member for Newcastle since 2014, and was the Shadow Minister for Skills until last month’s election. Before he was elected to Parliament, Tim worked in disability care, mine safety and adult and community education, including as a clerk at WEA Sydney and teaching a course at Macarthur Community College. He also served on Newcastle Council for eight years and has held positions on the boards of Northern Settlement Services and the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service.
“CCA congratulates the new Premier and NSW Labor on their election win, and welcomes Tim Crakanthorp as the new Minister for Skills. It’s a thrill for us that he brings experience working in the adult and community education sector. We and our members look forward to working with him as the new Minns Government proceeds. The NSW community education sector remains very strong and has a great deal to contribute to education, training and employment outcomes in the state, especially in our members’ ability to engage marginalised and disadvantaged learners and communities,” said CEO Dr Don Perlgut.
In announcing his Ministry, Premier Minns noted for the first time in New South Wales history, will be 50% women. Other ministers relevant for the NSW ACE sector are: Prue Car, Deputy Premier, Minister for Education and Early Learning & Minister for Western Sydney; Ryan Park, Minister for the Illawarra and the South Coast; Kate Washington, Minister for Families and Communities; Tara Moriarty, Minister for Agriculture, Minister for Regional New South Wales and Minister for Western New South Wales; Stephen Kamper, Minister for Small Business; Rose Jackson, Minister for Mental Health, Minister for Youth and Minister for the North Coast; Anoulack Chanthivong, Minister for Industry and Trade & Minister for Innovation, Science and Technology; David Harris, Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and Treaty & Minister for the Central Coast; and Jodie Harrison, Minister for Women and Minister for Seniors.