Annual Report 2010-2011 Northern Territory Electoral Commission
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ELECTORAL COMMISSIONERS FOREWORD The Northern Territory Electoral Commission (NTEC) was required to meet heavy workloads during 2010-11 in each of its core service delivery areas. On the enrolment front, the NT electoral roll continued to reflect a national trend towards a lower elector participation rate, especially in the younger age cohorts and remote areas. Although the task of roll maintenance remains primarily the responsibility of the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) under a Joint Roll Arrangement, the NTEC has found itself becoming increasingly involved in roll stimulation and cleansing activities to try to offset the decline in roll quality. These activities have been undertaken both collaboratively with the AEC and on its own as part of its ongoing involvement in the conduct of frequent local government and Legislative Assembly elections. In fact, NTEC involvement has now been widely recognised as making a significant contribution to the level of annual enrolment transactions in this jurisdiction. Elections also occurred with unrelenting regularity throughout the year. Thirteen local government by-elections were held this year and a Legislative Assembly by-election for the division of Araluen was also conducted in October 2010. Four enterprise agreements were also managed and early preparations were commenced for the 2012 general elections. It is pleasing to note that the electoral education program also managed to repeat its stunning results from last year. New customised materials were produced and education sessions were further honed and widely delivered this year. In all, nearly 3000 eager participants attended 85 sessions delivered across the NT, mostly as part of a collaborative service delivery model this agency has developed with the Parliamentary Relations Education Unit. In terms of corporate governance, the Commission has met all its obligations as a stand-alone agency. In addition, the organisational structure of the agency has been under constant review to meet the significant increases in workload and responsibilities. The establishment of the Alice Springs office and its operating model was developed further this year and the Darwin office also commenced relocation to new premises shortly before financial years end. In closing, I would take this opportunity to congratulate the dedicated staff of the Commission on another particularly productive year across all programs. Permanent staff numbers are small but staff commitment has not waned, allowing considerable progress to be made in working towards the long term goals of the Commission, despite the various challenges, distractions and disruption to plans caused by the sudden emergence of so many elections and developments in the wider electoral world that demanded an immediate response. . Bill Shepheard Electoral Commissioner 31 October 2011