Chief Minister of the Australian Capital Territory

The Chief Minister of the Australian Capital Territory is the head of government of the Australian Capital Territory. The leader of the party with the largest number of seats in the unicameral Australian Capital Territory Legislative Assembly usually takes on the role. Unlike other states and territories, the chief minister is not appointed by a governor or administrator, but elected directly by the Assembly.[1]

Chief Minister of the
Australian Capital Territory
Incumbent
Andrew Barr

since 11 December 2014
Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development Directorate
StyleThe Honourable
StatusHead of Government
AbbreviationCM
Member ofCabinet
National Cabinet
Reports toLegislative Assembly
Seat1 Constitution Avenue, Canberra
AppointerAustralian Capital Territory Legislative Assembly
Constituting instrumentNone (constitutional convention)
Formation11 May 1989
First holderRosemary Follett
DeputyDeputy Chief Minister of the Australian Capital Territory

The chief minister is the rough equivalent of the state premiers, and has been a member of the National Cabinet since its creation in 2020.[2] The chief minister previously also represented the ACT on the Council of Australian Governments (COAG).[3] Since there are no local governments in the territory, the chief minister's role is also similar to that of the mayor of a local government area. The chief minister sits on the Council of Capital City Lord Mayors.[4]

The current chief minister is Andrew Barr of the Australian Labor Party (ALP), who was first elected by the Assembly on 11 December 2014 following the resignation of Katy Gallagher.[5]