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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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57ANNUAL REPORT 2003 - 2004 O U TP U T G R O U P S Womens Forums were held in Maningrida, Palmerston, Katherine and Alice Springs and attracted more than 200 participants. The Director attended a meeting of Cabinet Office managers from around Australia in Adelaide in April 2004 to exchange best practice ideas about the management of Cabinet services. The office provided formal training on executive government processes for the Sector Wide Induction Program for Employees (SWIPE), Ministerial assistants and staff of the Department. OUTCOMES AND ACHIEVEMENTS Participated in a security audit to ensure adequacy of current Cabinet Office security practices. Developed a database to track and report on progress against Government commitments. Upgraded records storage facilities to provide better protection for the Governments Executive Council volumes. Produced a Handy Hints desk guide to the preparation of Ministerial correspondence for the use of agency staff. Managed 2021 Ministerial correspondence items in 2003-2004 (1643 in 2002-2003). Managed 318 Cabinet Submissions in 2003-2004 (277 in 2002-2003). (These figures exclude Executive Council Submissions considered by Cabinet). Managed 122 Executive Council submissions (133 in 2002-2003). Provided secretariat services to the Remuneration Tribunal, including assistance with Tribunal inquiries into the remuneration of magistrates, members of the Legislative Assembly, members of statutory bodies, and members of the Power and Water Corporation. Developed a new report on Ministerial correspondence performance for the Executive Management Group. OUTLOOK Prepare a handbook of guidance materials for members of Government boards and committees, and information materials for persons interested in applying for board membership. Implement reforms to the administration of Government boards and committees flowing from the Remuneration Tribunals Report No. 2 of 2004 on Statutory Bodies. Host a meeting of Cabinet Secretariat Officers from around Australia to share ideas and best practice information on providing secretariat services to Cabinet. Conduct in-house training for agency staff on machinery of government processes and preparing Ministerial correspondence. Conduct workshops for Ministerial advisers on machinery of government processes and issues. GOVERNMENT BUSINESS SUPPORT, SUPPORT TO EXECUTIVE, MINISTERS AND LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION The Community Cabinet Program was established in 2002 to provide individuals and community groups with the opportunity to meet with Government Ministers and Chief Executives in remote, rural and urban settings to discuss local issues. Territory-wide twenty-five visits have been well supported and highlights the genuine commitment to making government accessible to all, which keeps Ministers in touch with local issues by having direct contact with the people who live there. Minister Paul Henderson with a community member at Mabunji Womens Centre, Borroloola.