The Hon Anthony Roberts MP is the Minister for Planning, Housing and The Special Minister of State in the NSW Government.
A Member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly, he has represented the Electorate of Lane Cove for the Liberal Party since 2003.
Educated at Saint Ignatius’ College, Riverview, Anthony attended the University of Technology, Sydney, where he studied business and served as President of the UTS Union. In 2010, he graduated with a Masters of Arts in Strategic Communications from Charles Sturt University.
In 1994 Anthony volunteered for military service, enlisting in the Australian Army Reserve and serving for nine years, retiring with the rank of Captain. During this period of service he was deployed to Bougainville as part of Operation Bel Isi, the Australian effort to monitor a ceasefire following years of civil unrest.
Elected to Lane Cove Council in 1995, Anthony served two terms as a Councillor, including two years as Mayor. Between 1996 and 2003, Anthony served as an adviser to Prime Minister John Howard.
In the NSW Parliament Anthony has served in several Shadow Portfolios, including Emergency Services, Juvenile Justice, Citizenship, Volunteering and the Arts.
Following the Coalition victory in the March 2011 election, Anthony was appointed Minister for Fair Trading in the O’Farrell Government, assuming his position on 3 April 2011.
Upon taking office, he immediately embarked on a wide-ranging Fair Trading reform agenda in areas including the State’s fifty year-old strata and community title laws, the home building sector, the retirement village industry, the motor vehicle industry, and the residential land lease communities sector.
He successfully implemented legislation to prohibit the sale, manufacture and possession of synthetic drugs, was responsible for introducing new measures to reduce the number of children falling from apartment windows, and developed new laws to address the issue of ticket scalping for major events in NSW.
On 9 December 2013 Anthony was promoted by then-Premier Barry O’Farrell to the role of Minister for Resources and Energy, and Special Minister of State. On 23 April 2014 Premier Mike Baird promoted Anthony to the additional role of Leader of the House in the NSW Legislative Assembly, on top of his existing portfolios. As Leader of the House, Anthony is responsible for the Government’s legislative agenda.
Since December 2013 Anthony has embarked on a series of aggressive energy market reforms, including deregulating electricity prices, announcing a market-led rollout of smart electricity meters and ending gold-plating of the electricity networks. In the resources sector he has delivered the landmark NSW Gas Plan, facilitated the signing of an historic agreement on land access between gas producers and landholders, and commenced the first NSW Minerals Industry Action Plan.
Following the re-election of the Baird Government in March 2015, Anthony was promoted to Minister for Industry, Resources and Energy in the second Baird Cabinet. In this capacity he has been tasked with running the newly-created super-department of Industry, Regional Development and Skills, and is leading the Government’s commitment of creating 150,000 new jobs over the next four years.
Anthony worked within the Industry space to revitalise the NSW defence industry, an Industry which contributes over 30,000 skilled jobs and $5 billion in output/turnover and $1.4 billion in value to the NSW economy.
Not only working within the defence industry Anthony undertook managing Jobs for NSW to assist the Baird Governments priority of creating jobs. The Jobs for NSW fun was created to invest $190 Million to enable jobs for the future.
After the resignation of Mike Baird Anthony was promoted to the Minister for Planning, Housing and Special Minister of State under the Berejiklian Government who had made Housing Affordability the number one priority for the state.
Anthony has made some leaps and bounds in terms of Housing Affordability in working with the private sector to secure things like preference for first home owners with a 5% deposit for the first year with a 2.5% for the next two years following to allow those with less capital to enter the market.
Anthony will continue to work with all stakeholders and Government bodies to deliver the best for the people of New South Wales in terms of Planning and Housing.