Annual Report 1998/99 Trade Development Zone Authority
Tabled paper 1647
Tabled Papers for 8th Assembly 1997 - 2001; Tabled Papers; ParliamentNT
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O V E R V I E W The Trade Development Zone Authority (the Authority) was established in 1985, pursuant to the provisions of the Trade Development Zone Act, to administer, control and encourage the development of a trade development zone in the Northern Territory to attract industry to that zone, and for related purposes. The Authority is a body corporate in perpetual succession, however, it is ultimately subject to the direction and control of the Minister for Asian Relations and Trade. The Authority consists of three appointed members: Mr Brian Ely (Chairman); Mr Ian Silvester (Deputy Chairman); and Mr Robert Matthewson (Board Member). The operations of the Authority are conducted through three divisions; Administration, Investor Services and Zone Infrastructure. The Authority staff consists of 8 employees. Of this number, 7 have contracts under section 30 of the Trade Development Zone Act and 1 is under contract through the Intellectually Impaired Persons Program. D IV IS IO N A L R E S P O N S IB IL IT IE S A D M IN IS T R A T IO N The Administration Division is responsible for the provision of administrative services, to both the management of the Authority and the Board. The administrative responsibilities include: budgetary, financial, personnel and office services; Ministerial and inter-departmental liaison; and legal services. During the year, as part of the Northern Territory Governments Planning for Growth initiatives, the Authority entered into several Service Level Agreements to outsource certain administrative and marketing functions. The Department o f Corporate and Information Services (DCIS) will undertake the payments of accounts, the maintenance of the General Ledger and the personnel transactions. One such initiative was the creation of public relations and marketing hubs that would undertake the marketing roles of agencies in a unified and complimentary manner that promoted the whole of the Northern Terhtory. The Authority transferred an A03 Marketing Assistant position to Office of Resource Development (ORD), within the Department of Mines and Energy plus its marketing budget that was previously held by Department of Asian Relations, Trade and Industry. ORD will provide the Authority with marketing support. 4