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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).






Northern Territory. Dept. of the Chief Minister -- Periodicals; Executive departments -- Northern Territory -- Periodicals

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56 DEPARTMENT OF THE CHIEF MINISTER O U TP U T G R O U P S CABINET SUPPORT OVERVIEW The Cabinet Office provides secretariat services to the Northern Territory Cabinet, Executive Council, Department of the Chief Minister, Australian Honours Council representative in the Northern Territory and the Remuneration Tribunal. The Office provides advice to Ministers and Northern Territory Public Sector agencies on machinery of government matters and manages a range of whole of government databases including monitoring of Government commitments. The Office manages Governments Community Cabinet program. Under this program, Cabinet (comprising the eight Government Ministers led by the Chief Minister) visits communities throughout the Territory to meet and talk directly with Territorians about the issues affecting them. The Cabinet Office is responsible for the In Your Parliament newspaper feature and website www.yourparliament.nt.gov.au, which provide information about legislation, ministerial statements and ministerial reports dealt with by the Northern Territory Legislative Assembly. HIGHLIGHTS The Office coordinated the preparation of a new Administrative Arrangements Order and documents for the swearing in of Ministers following the announcement of a new Cabinet on 15 December 2003. In 2003-2004, a total of eight Community Cabinet meetings were held in Alice Springs (three visits), Katherine, Groote Eylandt, Maningrida, Palmerston and Katherine. Cabinet had contact with hundreds of individuals and dozens of organisations through these visits and meetings. Community Cabinet newsletters continue to be produced after each visit. These are distributed in the communities visited, and are also made available on the Community Cabinet website www.community_cabinet.nt.gov.au. In August 2003, the Chief Minister announced that Womens Forums would be held in conjunction with Community Cabinet visits to enable women to discuss issues of importance directly with the Chief Minister and other Ministers. G O V ERN M EN T BU SIN ESS SU PPO RT, SU PPO RT TO EXEC U TIV E, M IN ISTERS A N D LEA D ER O F TH E O PPO SITIO N STRATEGIC OBJECTIVE Facilitating the directions and priorities of Government Leadership of cross-agency coordination Supporting the machinery of Government NATURE OF CONTRIBUTION Facilitate cross-agency input into the development of key policy initiatives through effective management of Cabinet processes. Monitor the implementation of Cabinet decisions and election commitments. Provide support services that facilitate the effective operation of Cabinet, Cabinet Committees, Community Cabinet and Executive Council eg. provide secretariat services to Cabinet, Executive Council and the Department, manage the Community Cabinet Program, provide advice to Ministers and agencies on machinery of government issues.