Gladys Berejiklian has resigned from her role as premier of New South Wales.

She made the announcement in a press conference this afternoon, following the Independent Commission Against Corruption's (ICAC) decision to investigate her relationship with former NSW MP Daryl Maguire, who has admitted to seeking payment over a property deal. ICAC is investigating whether there was a conflict of interest when Berejiklian awarded grants to various community organisations – including the Australian Clay Target Association and the Riverina Conservatorium of Music between 2012 and 2018. It will also look into whether she engaged in any conflicts of interest by failing to report Maguire's misconduct. Berejiklian was in a long-term relationship with Maguire.

Berejiklian has been NSW's premier since 2017, when she took over following Mike Baird's resignation.

“Resigning at this time goes against every instinct in my being and something which I do not want to do,” said Berejiklian at today's press conference. “I love my job and I love serving the community, but I have been given no option. Following the statement that’s been issued today, to continue as premier would disrupt the state government during a time when our entire attention should be focused on the challenges confronting New South Wales. I do not want to be a distraction from what should be the focus of the state government during this pandemic, which is the wellbeing of our citizens, it always has been and always will be.”

Berejiklian said she will step aside as soon as the NSW Liberal Party elects a new leader. She will also resign from parliament.

It's been a big few years for Berejiklian, who has led the state through regional droughts, the bushfire crisis of 2019/2020, floods and the pandemic.

“We will come through this period, stronger, more resilient and appreciating what really matters in life,” she said. “I feel strong, energised and optimistic about the future of New South Wales, I want to thank the thousands of our frontline heroes, who’ve kept us safe and kept us going during the darkest days in our state’s history.”