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.
|Chief Minister of the|
Australian Capital Territory
|Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development Directorate|
|Status||Head of Government|
|Reports to||Legislative Assembly|
|Seat||1 Constitution Avenue, Canberra|
|Appointer||Australian Capital Territory Legislative Assembly|
|Constituting instrument||None (constitutional convention)|
|Formation||11 May 1989|
|First holder||Rosemary Follett|
|Deputy||Deputy 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. The chief minister previously also represented the ACT on the Council of Australian Governments (COAG). 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.