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Annual report 2003 - 2004



Annual report 2003 - 2004

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Department of the Chief Minister


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Made available via the Publications (Legal Deposit) Act 2004 (NT).






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20 DEPARTMENT OF THE CHIEF MINISTER O U TP U T G R O U P S Itinerants Strategy In June 2003, Government announced a package of measures to deal with the issue of disruption caused by itinerants in major Territory centres. The Department has continued to facilitate a coordinated approach by the various agencies involved in the implementation of the strategy throughout 2003-2004. Coordination Committee The Department convenes and chairs regular meetings of the Coordination Committee. The Committee comprises the Chief Executives of major Territory Government agencies and other key executives and office holders. Representation on National and International Forums The Chief Executive represents the Northern Territory at national and inter-governmental forums, including the Council of Australian Governments (COAG), the COAG Senior Officials Meetings and the States and Territories Senior Officials Meetings. These forums address issues that have national implications and it is essential that the needs of the Northern Territory are considered. When appropriate, the Chief Executive also represents the Territorys interests to national and international industry, business and investors. This role is central to supporting the achievement of Government objectives. The events of September 11 2001 and the Bali Bombing in October 2002 prompted a fundamental review of the national, state and territory arrangements to counter terrorism and increased national security. This review was led by the Commonwealth in close cooperation with all states and territories, and included the development of a new inter-governmental agreement and the establishment of the National Counter-Terrorism Committee to replace the Standing Advisory Committee for Protection Against Violence. Representation on the National Counter-Terrorism Committee has been provided by the Northern Territory Police and the Department of the Chief Minister. Critical Infrastructure Protection The protection of critical infrastructure has been given a high priority by the National Counter-Terrorism Committee and all jurisdictions. The Committee has developed a list of principles for critical infrastructure protection which describe the responsibilities of governments, emergency services and infrastructure owners and operators in relation to the protection of important assets. Guidelines for the Protection of Critical Infrastructure against Terrorism are being prepared for endorsement by COAG and complementary guidelines specific to the Northern Territory are also being prepared.

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