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Annual Report 2010-2011 Northern Territory Electoral Commission



Annual Report 2010-2011 Northern Territory Electoral Commission

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2 1.4 Legislative base The following Acts and Regulations are administered by the NTEC: Electoral Act 2004 and Electoral Regulations under that Act Referendums Act 2001 and Regulations under that Act. The Local Government Act (LGA) 2008 requires the NTEC to prepare an electoral roll for any council election or poll of council members, make it available to the returning officer appointed to conduct a council election or poll and make the roll available for public inspection at its offices. Under the Local Government (Electoral) Regulations (LGER), the NTEC approves selected forms for use in council elections and may be appointed as returning officer. It may also, by Gazette notice, give directions to returning officers about any aspect of the local government electoral process. The NTEC must also be consulted when a council carries out its representation review once each council term. 1.5 Strategic issues The Key Result Areas (KRAs) as set out in the NTEC Corporate Plan 2011-2015 are: Enrolment Elections Education and Information Corporate Support. Noteworthy events in the 2010-11 reporting year included: The NTEC responded to commitments to boundary determinations for the Legislative Assembly and was consulted on representation reviews for local councils The agency obtained funding to support roll activities aimed at a quality roll for the set term whole of Territory council and Legislative Assembly elections in 2012 Quality Roll 2012 Project (QR 12) Discussions took place over the implications of harmonisation for both parliamentary and local government electoral legislation, with the objective of updating current provisions in the interests of best practice and industry developments The management of one Legislative Assembly and 13 council by-elections, four enterprise agreement ballots, support for the AEC in August 2010 for the federal election and for two general elections and four by-elections for interstate jurisdictions The development of education materials for the youth sector and production of a 48 page comic book Have Your Say in the Territory genre The corporate plan was revisited, taking into account the increased service levels for the local government sector since 2008: the focus on the four key areas for election service delivery was again reinforced with an emphasis on corporate functions underpinning enrolment, elections and education activities The recruitment of permanent staff to a number of positions was finalised and identification of project personnel to facilitate the 2012 election planning processes commenced After 30 years at its Smith Street location, the Darwin office was relocated; refurbished premises are expected to be completed by October 2011.