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Annual Report 1986/1987 Department of the Chief Minister



Annual Report 1986/1987 Department of the Chief Minister

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Tabled Paper 277


Tabled Papers for 5th Assembly 1987 - 1990; Tabled Papers; ParliamentNT






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- 1 HISTORY OF THE DEPARTMENT Before 1976 the responsibility of Government for the Northern Territory rested totally with the Commonwealth Government. In that year, in what may be considered as the first step towards self-government, legislation was passed establishing offices of Executive Members of the Northern Territory Legislative Assembly. Under that legislation, MLA's assumed authority to perform executive functions and exercise powers under laws of the Territory, or in relation to Departments of its Public Service as determined by the Administrator. Thus, in January 1977 the Department of the Chief Secretary was formed with a total of twenty-seven staff. Eighteen months later, on the first of July 1978, an amalgamation of units from the Department of the Chief Secretary with the old Department of the Northern Territory resulted in the formation of the Department of the Chief Minister. Self-government for the Northern Territory had commenced. Since July 1978 there have been a number of changes to the role and responsibilities of the Department. The size of the Department, its oversight of legislation and its day to day responsibilities have reflected these changes in the Administrative Arrangements as determined by the Chief Minister of the time. CHANGES IN THE ACTIVITIES OF THE DEPARTMENT The Annual Report for 1985/86 detailed the reorganisation of the Department undertaken during that year. During 1986/87 the Department of the Chief Minister has undergone further changes in activities. In November 1986, the Chief Minister announced the transfer of certain areas of responsibility, namely: Office of Equal Opportunity from this Department to the Office of the Public Service Commissioner; and Office of Women's Affairs from the former Department of Community Development to this Department.

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