The Chief Minister of the Australian Capital Territory is the head of government of the Australian Capital Territory. The leader of party with the largest representation of seats in the unicameralAustralian Capital Territory Legislative Assembly usually takes on the role. Unlike in other states and territories, the Chief Minister of the ACT is not nominally appointed by an Administrator or Vice-Regal, but elected directly by the Assembly. The role of the Chief Minister is roughly equivalent to that of the Premiers of the states of Australia or the mayor of a local council.
The current Chief Minister is Katy Gallagher, who was elected by the Assembly on 16 May 2011 following the resignation of Jon Stanhope on 12 May 2011.