The Department of the Chief Minister plays a vital role in the economic, social and environmental development of the Northern Territory (NT) to deliver outcomes for all Territorians.
It is responsible for overseeing or coordinating major government strategies as well as positioning the NT to achieve those priorities in areas such as:
- early childhood
- Royal Commissions and inquiries such as the Royal Commission into Youth Detention and Child Protection
- Aboriginal Affairs
- renewable energy
- economic development.
The department is also responsible for:
- strengthening Cabinet and Executive processes such as obtaining information from, and directing work to be done by, agencies on behalf of the Chief Minister and Cabinet
- regional coordination of government policy and activities
- security and emergency response and recovery
- social policy
- Statehood strategic communications and engagement
- coordinating the recovery phase of emergencies
- coordinating government responses to issues or incidents of NT security
- coordinating the NT’s participation in the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) and the Council of Australian Federation (CAF).
Read more about the department's responsibilities in the Administrative Arrangements Order.
- Strategic Plan
DCM Strategic Plan 2017-20
- Annuals reports
DCM annual report 2017-2018
DCM annual report 2016-2017
Annual reports 2001-2018
Chief Executive Jodie Ryan
- Cabinet Office - provides secretariat services to the Northern Territory Cabinet, Executive Council and the Remuneration Tribunal
- Government House and the Office of the Administrator - provide secretarial, hospitality, ceremonial and domestic support for the Administrator of the Northern Territory in Office and coordinates the maintenance and development of Government House buildings, grounds and equipment.
- Office of Aboriginal Affairs (OAA) - works in partnership with Aboriginal people and communities to deliver improved social, economic and cultural outcomes.
- Protocol NT - advises government on all aspects of protocol relating to ceremony, official hospitality and official visits to the Territory. The unit also coordinates arrangements for dignitary visits and manages the government VIP vehicle fleet.
Last updated: 12 June 2019