Berejiklian sets agenda for third Lib term

Tom Rabe

After years of roads, rail and stadiums, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian says her coalition government will shift its focus in its third term to boosting education and tackling social inequality.

Ms Berejiklian on Monday outlined her vision for the next four years in NSW at the first meeting of her new cabinet, pivoting away from a big building narrative toward a focus on community quality of life.

The first elected female premier in NSW history listed a strong economy, high quality education system and well connected regional communities among her top priorities.

Ms Berejiklian said breaking the cycle of intergenerational disadvantage was also in her sights.

"I'm looking forward to delivering great opportunities and quality of life for all of our citizens across NSW no matter where they live or what their circumstances are," Ms Berejiklian said in a statement.

"We will prioritise higher education and skills to ensure we have a workforce that is able to adapt to the needs the Australia and the world."

Ms Berejiklian said the government planned to prepare the most dynamic, qualified and skilled workforce in the world.

Nationals leader and Deputy Premier John Barilaro said the government would work to improve social infrastructure in regional NSW, including schools, hospitals and sporting institutions.

"We have an opportunity to unlock enormous economic potential with better connections between the regions and Sydney and, crucially, from region to region," Mr Barilaro said in a statement.

Climate change and the environment did not feature in Ms Berejiklian's address.