Minns appoints NSW shadow frontbench

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Newly appointed NSW opposition leader Chris Minns has unveiled his shadow frontbench, including a prominent position for former rival Michael Daley.

Mr Minns announced the new line-up on Friday evening, one week after he was elected to the top job unopposed.

Mr Daley, who dropped out of the leadership race just before last Friday's caucus meeting, will serve as shadow attorney-general.

Former leader Jodi McKay will remain on the backbench. Mr Minns said she had been offered a spot but preferred to focus on her electorate of Strathfield.

Former deputy leader Yasmin Catley, who sacked a staffer after he allegedly circulated a "dirt file" on Mr Minns in the final days of Ms McKay's leadership, will remain on the frontbench.

She'll serve as shadow minister for customer service, digital and for the Hunter.

It was the Upper Hunter by-election loss last month that dealt a final blow to Ms McKay's leadership.

Mr Minns said on Friday his new team represents "a new generation with ideas, energy and innovation."

"We are ready to expose the failures of this administration and offer solutions to the problems facing the state."

Rising stars Rose Jackson and Courtney Houssos have been newly elevated to the frontbench, awarded the water, housing and homeless, and better regulation and innovation portfolios respectively.

Anoulack Chanthivong, Steve Kamper and Tim Crakanthrop are the fellow debut frontbenchers.

Thirteen of the 27 frontbenchers are women.

Jodie Harrison will serve as shadow minister for women and prevention of domestic violence and sexual assault, after Blue Mountains MP Trish Doyle was dropped.

Ms Doyle used parliamentary privilege in March to reveal that Nationals MP Michael Johnsen was under police investigation for sexually assaulting a woman in the Blue Mountains.

The revelation led to Mr Johnsen's resignation, which sparked the Upper Hunter by-election.

Mr Minns says education and early childhood learning will be elevated as a priority, with the portfolio given to his deputy, Prue Car.

Summer Hill MP Jo Haylen will take over Mr Minns' old transport portfolio.

Mr Minns says he's given his new team a challenge of showing what's possible in the state.

"Let's be positive and optimistic," he said.