ACT Government

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]

ACT Government
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Australian territoryAustralian Capital Territory
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

Constitutional framework

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

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 incumbent 890 days


  • 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 27 August 2018 209 days

ACT Government Directorates

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

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


  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.

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ACTION is a bus operator in Canberra, Australia owned by the ACT Government.


ActewAGL is an Australian multi-utility joint venture company that provides utility services in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) and south-east New South Wales. The company was formed in October 2000 between the Australian Gas Light Company (now AGL Energy) and ACTEW Corporation (now Icon Water), an ACT Government-owned corporation.

As from October 2017, ActewAGL is made up of two partnerships:

ActewAGL (ActewAGL Retail) — owned equally by Icon Water and AGL Energy via subsidiary companies.Evoenergy (ActewAGL Distribution) — owned equally by Icon Water and Jemena Ltd via subsidiary companies. It operates an electricity distribution network and a gas distribution network in the ACT. The electricity supplies are provided by NSW Electricity Networks over transmission lines owned by TransGrid. Natural gas supplies come via the Eastern Gas Pipeline, owned by Jemena, from the Gippsland Basin, Victoria. On the 1st of January 2018 ActewAGL Distribution changed its name to Evoenergy.


Ahousaht , also spelled Ahousat, is the principal settlement on Flores Island, in British Columbia, Canada. Accessible only by water or air, Ahousaht is a small community predominantly composed of First Nations people from the Nuu-chah-nulth nation. The settlement is named for the Ahousaht subgroup of the Nuu-chah-nulth, whose modern Indian Act government is the Ahousaht First Nation which combines the Ahousaht, Manhousaht and Keltsmaht under one administration. The other main settlement of the Ahousaht First Nation is at Marktosis.

Australian Capital Territory Legislative Assembly

The Legislative Assembly for the Australian Capital Territory (known in short as the ACT Legislative Assembly) is the unicameral legislature of the Australian Capital Territory (ACT). It sits in the Legislative Assembly Building on Civic Square, close to the centre of the city of Canberra.


Canberra ( (listen))

is the capital city of Australia. With a population of 410,301, it is Australia's largest inland city and the eighth-largest city overall. The city is located at the northern end of the Australian Capital Territory, 280 km (170 mi) south-west of Sydney, and 660 km (410 mi) north-east of Melbourne. A resident of Canberra is known as a Canberran. Although Canberra is the capital and seat of government, many federal government ministries have secondary seats in state capital cities, as do the Governor-General and the Prime Minister.

The site of Canberra was selected for the location of the nation's capital in 1908 as a compromise between rivals Sydney and Melbourne, Australia's two largest cities. It is unusual among Australian cities, being an entirely planned city outside of any state, similar to Washington, D.C., in the United States, or Brasília in Brazil. Following an international contest for the city's design, a blueprint by American architects Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony Griffin was selected and construction commenced in 1913. The Griffins' plan featured geometric motifs such as circles, hexagons and triangles, and was centred on axes aligned with significant topographical landmarks in the Australian Capital Territory.

The city's design was influenced by the garden city movement and incorporates significant areas of natural vegetation. The growth and development of Canberra were hindered by the World Wars and the Great Depression, which exacerbated a series of planning disputes and the ineffectiveness of a procession of bodies that were created in turn to oversee the development of the city. The national capital emerged as a thriving city after World War II, as Prime Minister Sir Robert Menzies championed its development and the National Capital Development Commission was formed with executive powers. Although the Australian Capital Territory is now self-governing, the Commonwealth Government retains some influence through the National Capital Authority.

As the seat of the government of Australia, Canberra is the site of Parliament House, the official residence of the Monarch's representative the Governor-General, the High Court and numerous government departments and agencies. It is also the location of many social and cultural institutions of national significance, such as the Australian War Memorial, Australian National University, Royal Australian Mint, Australian Institute of Sport, National Gallery, National Museum and the National Library. The Australian Army's officer corps is trained at the Royal Military College, Duntroon and the Australian Defence Force Academy is also located in the capital.

The ACT is independent of any state to prevent any one state from gaining an advantage by hosting the seat of Commonwealth power. The ACT has voting representation in the Commonwealth Parliament, and has its own Legislative Assembly and government, similar to the states.

As the city has a high proportion of public servants, the Commonwealth Government contributes the largest percentage of Gross State Product and is the largest single employer in Canberra, although no longer the majority employer. Compared to the national averages, the unemployment rate is lower and the average income higher; tertiary education levels are higher, while the population is younger. Property prices are relatively high, in part due to comparatively restrictive development regulations.

Canberra Airport

Canberra Airport (IATA: CBR, ICAO: YSCB), is a major airport serving Australia's capital city, Canberra, as well as the nearby city of Queanbeyan and regional areas of the Australian Capital Territory and southeastern New South Wales. Located approximately 8 km (5.0 mi) from the city centre, within the North Canberra district, it is the eighth-busiest airport in Australia.

The airport serves direct flights to most Australian state capitals and regionally to Newcastle, Dubbo and the Gold Coast. Direct international links also operate from Canberra to Singapore. Flights to Qatar also operate via Sydney.

Canberra Airport handled a peak of 3,240,848 passengers in the 2010-11 financial year. Major redevelopment work completed in 2013 included the demolition of the old terminal, replacing it with a new facility designed to handle up to 8 million passengers annually.In addition to serving airline traffic, the airport is also the only public general aviation facility within the ACT. A former Royal Australian Air Force base - Defence Establishment Fairbairn is located within Canberra Airport and supports government VIP flying operations by 34 Squadron as well as ground handling for itinerant military aircraft and visiting heads of state.

Education in the Australian Capital Territory

Almost all educational institutions in the Australian Capital Territory are located within Canberra. The ACT public education system schooling is normally split up into Pre-School, Primary School (K-6), High School (7–10) and College (11–12) followed by studies at university or TAFE. Many private schools include years 11 and 12 and sometimes primary school as well.

Gungahlin Drive Extension

The Gungahlin Drive Extension (or the GDE) is a freeway grade roadway, largely located in the Belconnen district of Canberra, Australia. It is 8.3 kilometres long and extended the previously existing Gungahlin Drive from the Barton Highway in the district of Gungahlin to the Glenloch Interchange to connect with the Tuggeranong Parkway, Parkes Way, and William Hovell Drive. Early in the planning stages, the GDE was to instead be designated the John Dedman Parkway.

Light rail in Canberra

The Canberra light rail network is a light rail system to serve the city of Canberra, Australia. The initial 12-kilometre (7.5 mi) line links the northern town centre of Gungahlin to the city centre (Civic) and has 13 stops. Services are scheduled to commence on 20 April 2019. An extension of the line south to the Woden Town Centre is currently being planned.

List of short titles

This is a list of stock short titles that are used for legislation in one or more of the countries where short titles are used. It is also a list of articles that list or discuss legislation by short title or subject.

Majura Parkway

The Majura Parkway is an 11.5-kilometre-long (7.1 mi) north–south parkway in the Majura district of the Australian Capital Territory (ACT). It links at its northern end to the Federal Highway and Horse Park Drive at the edge of the Gungahlin district, and at its southern end to the Monaro Highway in Pialligo.

The parkway has been in planning since the 1970s and is considered as being an important access road to and from the Gungahlin district. It largely replaces Majura Road, which lacks the capacity to cope with future increases in traffic. Majura Road was largely retained to provide access to various facilities in the area. The parkway provides a more efficient transport link in the area and conveys a large numbers of freight vehicles. The project was jointly funded by the ACT and Australian Governments, at a total cost of A$288 million. Major construction works commenced in February 2013.

The end of construction for the Majura Parkway project was formally announced on Friday 22 April 2016 coinciding with the naming of the Malcolm Fraser Bridge, the most prominent feature of the project, which runs over the Molonglo River. The bridge's name was unveiled by Tamara 'Tamie' Fraser, wife of the former Prime Minister.

Melinda Dodson

Melinda Dodson is an Australian architect and the youngest National President of Australian Institute of Architects (RAIA) when appointed in 2009. Her works focuses on the development of sustainable architecture, fostering architecture community and institution, and effective project partnership. As the second female President of RAIA, Dodson also worked on supporting emerging and female architects as one of the priorities during the first 12 months of her appointment.Dodson graduated from the University of Adelaide with an honours degree in architecture. Over the next 15 years, she worked for architectural practices in Adelaide and Canberra, including Daryl Jackson Alastair Swayn and the GHD Group. She started her own firm, Melinda Dodson Architects (MDa), which won the New Experimental Architectural Typologies (NEAT) housing competition sponsored by the ACT Government. Taking consideration of people who previously lived in compact houses, her award-winning housing design provides HI-lo housing with communal gardens on the upper level and flexible layout on the lower level for single living.Some other achievements that has been awarded to Dodson are 2005 Australian Institute of Architects ACT Young Architect Prize, Instyle Design Award 2010, and 2013 National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) Outstanding Achievement in Construction Award ACT.

Molonglo Valley

The District of Molonglo Valley is one of the nineteen districts of the Australian Capital Territory used in land administration, and the only district that was not created in 1966. The district is subdivided into divisions (suburbs), sections and blocks and is the newest district of Canberra, the capital city of Australia. The district is planned to consist of thirteen suburbs, planned to contain 33,000 dwellings, with an expected population of between 50,000 and 73,000. To be developed in three stages over more than ten years, the district will contain a principal town centre and a secondary group centre, with residential suburbs located to the south and north of the Molonglo River; located to the west of Lake Burley Griffin.

The name Molonglo is derived from an Aboriginal expression meaning "the sound of thunder".At the 2016 census, the population of the district was 4,578.


The Ngarigo (also named Garego, Ngarego, Ngarago, Ngaragu, Ngarigu, Ngarrugu or Ngarroogoo) are an indigenous Australian people of southeast New South Wales, whose lands also extended around the present border with Victoria.

Ngunnawal language

Ngunnawal or Gundungurra is an extinct Australian Aboriginal language, the traditional language of the Ngunnawal and Gandangara peoples. There are contradictory claims as to whether they are one language or two. The name Burragorang is applied to either.

Office of the Australian Information Commissioner

The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC), known until 2010 as the Office of the Australian Privacy Commissioner is an independent Australian Government agency, acting as the national data protection authority for Australia, established under the Australian Information Commissioner Act 2010, headed by the Australian Information Commissioner.

The office has three primary functions:

privacy functions, conferred by the Privacy Act 1988 and other laws

freedom of information functions, in particular, oversight of the operation of the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI Act) and review of decisions made by agencies and ministers under that Act

government information policy functions, conferred on the Australian Information Commissioner under the Australian Information Commissioner Act 2010.The office is an agency within the Attorney-General's portfolio. The office liaises with the Business and Information Law Branch, part of the Civil Law Division within the Civil Justice and Legal Services Group of the Attorney-General's Department. However, the office is an independent agency and reports directly to the Parliament of Australia, not to the Attorney-General.

Phillip Ice Skating Centre

The Phillip Ice Skating Centre (also known as Phillip Swimming & Ice Skating Centre and the Brave Cave) is an ice sports and public skate centre, open in 1980 and located at the Phillip precinct of Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia. It is the current home of the CBR Brave AIHL ice hockey club and previous home of the Canberra Knights AIHL ice hockey club.

Phillip Ice Skating Centre's rink is the only ice rink in Canberra and will continue to be the only rink in Canberra for the foreseeable future after ACT Sports minister Shane Rattenbury on 16 August 2014 confirmed the ACT Government is not looking to build a new larger ice rink co-located with a new swimming pool next to Stromlo Forest Park to service the new suburbs of Molonglo in Canberra's west despite constant lobbying by the CBR Brave. This followed years of speculation about the aging Phillip Ice Skating Centre after it was revealed in 2012 that the private owner of the centre was open to working with developers to reconfiguring the site so that the outdoor pools went inside, a new ice rink was built and a boutique hotel constructed on the block.

Tralee, New South Wales

Tralee is a future planned suburb of Queanbeyan, New South Wales. It lies south of Jerrabomberra and the site once planned for the future city of Environa. It was named after Tralee in Ireland.

The residential site, which falls under the flight path of Canberra Airport was strongly opposed by airport authorities. However, despite the concerns, the New South Wales State Planning Minister Kristina Keneally initially approved Queanbeyan City Council's plan for the development of 5000 residential blocks in 2008. In November 2012 the New South Wales Government announced that it had approved the rezoning the land,. Protests have continued by the airport, federal labor politicians and the ACT Government.

Uriarra Village, Australian Capital Territory

Uriarra Village is a township in the Australian Capital Territory established in 1928 at the foothills of the Australian Alps. A nearby area to the north of the border in New South Wales is also called Uriarra.

The settlement and surrounding forest was significantly damaged by the 2003 Canberra bushfires with 16 of the original 23 homes being destroyed. In May 2004 the ACT Government considered information on social capital, infrastructure innovation, environmental, planning and financial analysis and found that Uriarra Village should be redeveloped in a sustainable manner. Fifteen of the original families moved away from the settlement with nine choosing to remain.In 2007 the ACT Government commenced rebuilding the settlement as a rural settlement, through the funding of new roads and infrastructure. In mid-2012 the settlement was officially recognised and named as a village within the ACT.Uriarra Village is the only "community title" village in Australia. The village community independently owns and maintains village services and infrastructure including roads, community lands, the village hall, and stormwater. As such the village receives only minimal services from the ACT Government for the provision of garbage collection. The National Capital Authority advocated community title for the village after the 2003 bushfire to "promote social interaction and a shared community spirit".

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