ACT Government

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ACT Government
Formation
Australian territoryAustralian Capital Territory
Websitehttp://www.act.gov.au/
Legislative branch
LegislatureAustralian Capital Territory Legislative Assembly
Meeting placeAustralian Capital Territory Legislative Assembly, Canberra
Executive branch
LeaderChief Minister
AppointerACT Legislative Assembly
Meeting placeAustralian Capital Territory Legislative Assembly, Canberra
Judicial branch
CourtSupreme Court
SeatCanberra

The Australian Capital Territory Government, also referred to as the ACT Government, is the executive authority of The Australian Capital Territory, one of the territories of Australia. The leader of the party or coalition with the confidence of the Australian Capital Territory Legislative Assembly forms Government. Unlike the Australian States and the Northern Territory, the Australian Capital Territory Legislative Assembly directly elects one of their number to be the Chief Minister of the Australian Capital Territory as the head of the Government, rather than being appointed by a Governor or Administrator. [1]

Since December 2014, the Chief Minister of the Australian Capital Territory has been Andrew Barr, leader of the Labor Party. Following the 2016 ACT election the Government has been formed by a coalition of twelve Labor members and two Greens members. The terms of the coalition are outlined in the Parliamentary Agreement for the 9th Legislative Assembly for the Australian Capital Territory. [2]

Ministers are appointed by the Chief Minister.[3] The current ministry of The Australian Capital Territory, comprises eight of the twenty five Members of the Australian Capital Territory Legislative Assembly. [4]

Constitutional framework[edit]

The ACT has internal self-government, but Australia's Constitution does not afford the territory government the full legislative independence provided to Australian states. Government for the Australian Capital Territory is outlined in Commonwealth legislation; the Australian Capital Territory (Self-Government) Act 1988.[5] Nonetheless, the ACT is governed according to the principles of the Westminster System, a form of parliamentary government based on the model of the United Kingdom.

Legislative power rests with the unicameral Australian Capital Territory Legislative Assembly.

Executive power rests formally with the Executive, which consists of the Chief Minister and Ministers, and is informally called the Cabinet.

Judicial power is exercised by the Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory and a system of subordinate courts, but the High Court of Australia and other federal courts have overriding jurisdiction on matters which fall under the ambit of the Australian Constitution.

Current Ministry[edit]

The current (third) Barr Ministry of the ACT was appointed on 24 August 2018, comprising seven Labor Party members and one Australian Greens member. [6]

Portfolio Minister Party affiliation Term start Term end Term in office
  • Chief Minister
  • Treasurer
  • Minister for Social Inclusion and Equality
  • Minister for Tourism and Special Events
  • Minister for Trade, Industry and Investment
Andrew Barr MLA   Labor 15 October 2016 (2016-10-15) incumbent 787 days

Development

  • Minister for Housing and Suburban Development
  • Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and
  • Family Violence
  • Minister for Sport and Recreation
  • Minister for Women
Yvette Berry MLA   Labor
  • Minister for Health and Wellbeing
  • Minister for Higher Education
  • Minister for Medical and Health Research
  • Minister for Transport Minister for Vocational Education and Skills
Meegan Fitzharris MLA   Labor
  • Minister for the Environment and Heritage
  • Minister for Planning and Land Management
  • Minister for Police and Emergency Services
  • Minister assisting the Chief Minister on Advanced Technology and Space Industries
Mick Gentleman MLA   Labor
  • Attorney-General
  • Minister for the Arts and Cultural Events
  • Minister for Building Quality Improvement
  • Minister for Business and Regulatory Services
  • Minister for Seniors and Veterans
Gordon Ramsay MLA   Labor
  • Minister for Climate Change and Sustainability
  • Minister for Corrections and Justice Health
  • Minister for Justice, Consumer Affairs and Road Safety
  • Minister for Mental Health
Shane Rattenbury MLA   Greens
  • Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs
  • Minister for Disability
  • Minister for Children, Youth and Families
  • Minister for Employment and Workplace Safety
  • Minister for Government Services and Procurement
  • Minister for Urban Renewal
Rachel Stephen-Smith MLA   Labor
  • Minister for City Services
  • Minister for Community Services and Facilities
  • Minister for Multicultural Affairs
  • Minister for Roads
Chris Steel MLA   Labor

ACT Government Directorates[edit]

The ACT Government is served by a unified ACT Public Service agency, reporting to a single Head of Service.

Administrative units, known as Directorates, are grouped under areas of portfolio responsibility. Each Directorate is led by a Director-General who reports to one or more Ministers.

As of November 2018 there were seven Directorates:[7]

  • Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development Directorate
  • Community Services Directorate
  • Education Directorate
  • Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate
  • Health Directorate
  • Justice and Community Safety Directorate
  • Transport Canberra and City Services

Public Authorities and Territory Owned Corporations[edit]

The ACT Government also has a number of Public Authorities and Territory Owned Corporations:[8]

  • ACT Building & Construction Industry Training Fund Board: providing funding for the training of eligible workers in the ACT building and construction industry.
  • ACT Long Service Leave Authority: administers portable long service leave schemes.
  • ACT Teacher Quality Institute: an independent statutory authority established to build the professional standing of ACT teachers and to enhance the community’s confidence in the teaching profession through professional regulation and practical initiatives to raise teacher quality.
  • Cultural Facilities Corporation: manages the Canberra Theatre Centre; the Canberra Museum and Gallery (CMAG).
  • Icon Water Limited: providing drinking water and wastewater services to the ACT and surrounding regions.
  • EvoEnergy: owns and operates the ACT electricity and gas networks as well as gas networks in Queanbeyan and Palerang shires and Nowra.
  • Independent Competition and Regulatory Commission: a statutory body set up to regulate prices, access to infrastructure services and other matters in relation to regulated industries and to investigate competitive neutrality complaints and government-regulated activities. The ICRC also has responsibility for licensing utility services and ensuring compliance with licence conditions.

The following are officers of the Australian Capital Territory Legislative Assembly:

  • ACT Audit Office: responsible for the audit of all ACT public sector agencies.
  • ACT Electoral Commission: an independent statutory authority responsible for conducting elections and referendums for the Australian Capital Territory Legislative Assembly.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Australian Capital Territory (Self-Government) Act 1988 – Sect 40".
  2. ^ "A Parliamentary Agreement for the 9th Legislative Assembly for the Australian Capital Territory" (PDF).
  3. ^ "Australian Capital Territory (Self-Government) Act 1988 – Sect 39".
  4. ^ "Australian Capital Territory (Self-Government) Ministerial Appointment 2018 (No 1)" (PDF).
  5. ^ "Australian Capital Territory (Self-Government) Act 1988".
  6. ^ "Australian Capital Territory (Self-Government) Ministerial Appointment 2018 (No 1)" (PDF).
  7. ^ "ACT Government Directorates". ACT Government. 3 November 2018.
  8. ^ "Public Authorities and Territory Owned Corporations". ACT Government. ACT Government.

External links[edit]

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