|Territory||Australian Capital Territory|
|Legislature||ACT Legislative Assembly|
|Meeting place||Legislative Assembly Building|
|Head of government||Chief Minister|
|Appointer||ACT Legislative Assembly|
|Headquarters||Legislative Assembly Building|
|Main organ||Cabinet of ACT|
|Seat||ACT Law Courts building, Canberra|
The Government of the Australian Capital Territory, also referred to as the Australian Capital Territory Government or ACT Government, is the executive authority of the Australian Capital Territory, one of the territories of Australia. The leader of the party or coalition with the confidence of the Australian Capital Territory Legislative Assembly forms Government. Unlike the Australian States and the Northern Territory, the Australian Capital Territory Legislative Assembly directly elects one of their number to be the Chief Minister of the Australian Capital Territory as the head of the Government, rather than being appointed by a Governor or Administrator.
Since December 2014, the Chief Minister of the Australian Capital Territory has been Andrew Barr, leader of the Labor Party. Following the 2020 ACT election, the Government has been formed by a coalition of ten Labor members and six Greens members. The terms of the coalition are outlined in the Parliamentary and Governing Agreement for the 10th Legislative Assembly for the Australian Capital Territory.
Ministers are appointed by the Chief Minister.The current ministry of the Australian Capital Territory (Third Barr Ministry) comprises nine of the twenty five Members of the Australian Capital Territory Legislative Assembly.
The ACT has internal self-government, but Australia's Constitution does not afford the territory government the full legislative independence provided to Australian states. Government for the Australian Capital Territory is outlined in Commonwealth legislation; the Australian Capital Territory (Self-Government) Act 1988.Nonetheless, the ACT is governed according to the principles of the Westminster System, a form of parliamentary government based on the model of the United Kingdom.
Legislative power rests with the unicameral Australian Capital Territory Legislative Assembly.
Executive power rests formally with the Executive, which consists of the Chief Minister and Ministers, and is informally called the Cabinet.
Judicial power is exercised by the Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory and a system of subordinate courts, but the High Court of Australia and other federal courts have overriding jurisdiction on matters which fall under the ambit of the Australian Constitution.
The ACT does not have a separate system of local government such as that seen in the Australian States and the Northern Territory. In the ACT, government functions that would usually be handled by local government are instead directly handled by the Territory government.
The current arrangement of the incumbent ministry (Third Barr Ministry) of the ACT was appointed on 4 November 2020, comprising six Labor Party members and three Greens members.
|Andrew Barr MLA|| Chief Minister |
Minister for Climate Action
Minister for Economic Development
Minister for Tourism
|Labor||Elizabeth Lee MLA|| Leader of the Opposition |
Shadow Minister for Climate Action
Shadow Minister for Economic Development, Tourism and Major Projects
|Yvette Berry MLA||Deputy Chief Minister||Labor||Giulia Jones MLA||Deputy Leader of the Opposition||Liberal|
|Minister for Housing and Suburban Development||Mark Parton MLA||Shadow Minister for Housing and Homelessness||Liberal|
|Minister for Women||Nicole Lawder MLA||Shadow Minister for Women|
Shadow Minister for Seniors
|Minister for Education and Youth Affairs|
Minister for Early Childhood Development
|Jeremy Hanson MLA||Shadow Minister for Education and Higher Education|
Shadow Minister for Early Childhood Education
|Minister for Sport and Recreation||James Milligan MLA||Shadow Minister for Sport and Recreation||Liberal|
|Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence||Elizabeth Kikkert MLA||Shadow Minister for Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence||Liberal|
|Mick Gentleman MLA||Minister for Corrections||Labor||Shadow Minister for Corrections|
|Minister for Police and Emergency Services||Jeremy Hanson MLA||Shadow Minister for Police|
Shadow Minister for Veterans Affairs
|James Milligan MLA||Shadow Minister for Emergency Services||Liberal|
|Minister for Planning and Land Management|
Minister for Industrial Relations and Workplace Safety
|Peter Cain MLA||Assistant Shadow Treasurer|
Shadow Minister for Planning and Land Management
Shadow Minister for Jobs and Workplace Affairs
|Shane Rattenbury MLA|| Attorney-General |
Minister for Consumer Affairs
|Greens||Elizabeth Lee MLA||Shadow Attorney-General||Liberal|
|Minister for Water, Energy and Emissions Reduction||Leanne Castley MLA||Shadow Minister for Water, Energy and Emissions Reduction||Liberal|
|Minister for Gaming||Mark Parton MLA||Shadow Minister for Gaming, Racing and Community Clubs||Liberal|
|Rachel Stephen-Smith MLA||Minister for Health||Labor||Giulia Jones MLA||Shadow Minister for Health||Liberal|
|Minister for Families and Community Services|
Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs
|Elizabeth Kikkert MLA||Shadow Minister for Families, Youth and Community Services|
Shadow Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs
|Chris Steel MLA||Minister for Skills|
Special Minister of State
|Labor||James Milligan MLA||Shadow Minister for Vocational Training and Skills||Liberal|
|Minister for Transport and City Services||Mark Parton MLA||Shadow Minister for Transport||Liberal|
|Nicole Lawder MLA||Shadow Minister for City Services||Liberal|
|Tara Cheyne MLA||Minister for the Arts||Labor||Shadow Minister for Arts|
|Minister for Multicultural Affairs|
Minister for Human Rights
|Giulia Jones MLA||Shadow Minister for Multicultural Affairs||Liberal|
|Minister for Business and Better Regulation|
Assistant Minister for Economic Development
|Peter Cain MLA||Shadow Minister for Regulatory Services||Liberal|
|Leanne Castley MLA||Shadow Minister for Business|
Assistant Shadow Minister for Economic Development, Tourism and Major Projects
|Rebecca Vassarotti MLA||Minister for the Environment|
Minister for Heritage
|Greens||Shadow Minister for Environment and Heritage|
|Minister for Homelessness and Housing Services|
Minister for Sustainable Building and Construction
|Mark Parton MLA||Shadow Minister for Housing and Homelessness|
Shadow Minister for Sustainable Building and Construction
|Emma Davidson MLA||Minister for Disability|
Assistant Minister for Seniors, Veterans, Families and Community Services
|Greens||James Milligan MLA||Shadow Minister for Disability||Liberal|
|Minister for Mental Health|
Minister for Justice Health
|Giulia Jones MLA||Shadow Minister for Mental Health and Wellbeing||Liberal|
The ACT Government is served by a unified ACT Public Service agency, reporting to a single Head of Service.
Administrative units, known as Directorates, are grouped under areas of portfolio responsibility. Each Directorate is led by a Director-General who reports to one or more Ministers.
As of November 2020 [update] , there are nine Directorates:
The ACT Government also has a number of Public Authorities and Territory Owned Corporations:
The following are officers of the Australian Capital Territory Legislative Assembly:
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