Minister for Territory Families


The Northern Territory Minister for Territory Families is a Minister of the Crown in the Government of the Northern Territory. The minister administers their portfolio through Territory Families.[1]

Minister for Territory Families
Incumbent
Dale Wakefield

since 12 September 2016
Territory Families
StyleThe Honourable
AppointerAdministrator of the Northern Territory

The Minister is responsible for child guardianship, child protection, children and families policy, children's services, family and parent support services, family responsibility agreements and orders, family violence services, men's and women's policy, multicultural affairs, pensioner and carer concessions, out of home care, the Seniors Card, seniors policy, youth affairs and services and youth detention.[1]

The current minister is Dale Wakefield (Labor). She was sworn in on 12 September 2016 following the Labor victory at the 2016 election.[1] The ministry and department were both created in a reorganisation by the incoming government, which was significant for having separated youth justice from adult correctional services for the first time following the Don Dale Youth Detention Centre scandal and subsequent Royal Commission into Juvenile Detention in the Northern Territory.[2][3]

The enlarged Territory Families ministry replaced a number of separate ministries from the preceding Giles Ministry, including the ministers for children and families, women's policy, men's policy, multicultural affairs, Senior Territorians and Young Territorians.[1][4] The Minister for Children in the Gunner Ministry is a new position concerned with "whole of government children's policy", while specific areas of child-related policy lie in Territory Families.[1][5]

List of Ministers for Territory Families


MinisterPartyTermMinisterial title
 Dale WakefieldLabor12 September 2016 – 7 September 2020Minister for Territory Families
 Kate WordenLabor8 September 2020 – PresentMinister for Territory Families and Urban Housing

Children and Families / Family and Community Services

MinisterPartyTerm [6][7][8][9][10]Ministerial title
 Don DaleCountry Liberal19 March 1987 – 27 July 1989Minister for Health and Community Services
 Marshall PerronCountry Liberal31 July 1989 – 3 September 1989
 Stephen HattonCountry Liberal4 September 1989 – 12 November 1990
 Daryl ManzieCountry Liberal13 November 1990 - 29 November 1992
 Mike ReedCountry Liberal30 November 1992 – 30 June 1995
1 July 1995 – 14 September 1997: no minister – responsibilities held by other ministers
 Denis BurkeCountry Liberal15 September 1997 – 8 February 1999Minister for Health, Family and Children's Services
 Stephen DunhamCountry Liberal9 February 1999 – 26 August 2001
 Jane AagaardLabor27 August 2001 – 12 November 2003
 13 November 2001 – 14 December 2003Minister for Health and Community Services
 Marion ScrymgourLabor15 December 2003 – 10 July 2005Minister for Family and Community Services
 Delia LawrieLabor11 July 2005 – 6 August 2007
 Marion ScrymgourLabor7 August 2007 – 30 June 2008
 1 July 2008 – 17 August 2008Minister for Children and Families
 Malarndirri McCarthyLabor18 August 2008 – 3 December 2009
 Kon VatskalisLabor4 December 2009 – 28 August 2012
 Robyn LambleyCountry Liberal4 September 2012 – 5 March 2013
 Alison AndersonCountry Liberal6 March 2013 – 9 September 2013
 John ElferinkCountry Liberal14 March 2013 – 27 August 2016
 Michael GunnerLabor31 August 2016 – 11 September 2016
 Nicole ManisonLabor12 September 2016 – 25 June 2018Minister for Children
 Michael GunnerLabor26 June 2018 – 7 September 2020
 Lauren MossLabor8 September 2020 – Present

Women

MinisterPartyTerm [6][7][8][9][10]Ministerial title
 Shane StoneCLP15 September 1997 – 8 February 1999Minister for Women's Policy
 Denis BurkeCLP9 February 1999 – 26 August 2001
 Clare MartinLabor27 August 2001 – 10 July 2005
 Marion ScrymgourLabor11 July 2005 – 17 August 2008
 Malarndirri McCarthyLabor18 August 2008 – 28 August 2012
 Robyn LambleyCLP4 September 2012 – 5 March 2013
 Alison AndersonCLP6 March 2013 – 9 September 2013
 Bess PriceCLP15 September 2013 – 27 August 2016
 Michael GunnerLabor31 August 2016 – 11 September 2016
12 September 2016 – 7 September 2020: no minister – responsibilities held by other ministers
 Lauren MossLabor8 September 2020 – Present

Multicultural Affairs

MinisterPartyTerm [6][7][8][9][10]Ministerial title
 Nick DondasCountry Liberal1 December 1982 – 12 December 1983Minister for Youth, Sport, Recreation and Ethnic Affairs
 13 December 1983 – 20 December 1984Minister for Health, Youth, Sport, Recreation and Ethnic Affairs
 Jim RobertsonCountry Liberal13 December 1983 – 19 August 1985Minister for Youth, Sport, Recreation and Ethnic Affairs
 Ray HanrahanCountry Liberal20 August 1985 – 28 April 1986
 Don DaleCountry Liberal29 April 1986 – 18 March 1987
19 March 1987 – 3 September 1989: no minister – responsibilities held by other ministers
 Roger ValeCountry Liberal4 September 1989 – 12 November 1990Minister for Youth, Sport, Recreation and Ethnic Affairs
 13 November 1990 – 29 November 1992Minister for Sport, Recreation, Ethnic Affairs and Local Government
 Eric PooleCountry Liberal30 November 1992 – 15 September 1993Minister for Sport, Recreation and Ethnic Affairs
 Shane StoneCountry Liberal16 September 1993 – 20 June 1996Minister for Ethnic Affairs
 Stephen HattonCountry Liberal21 June 1996 – 14 September 1997
 Mick PalmerCountry Liberal15 September 1997 – 3 August 1999
 Peter AdamsonCountry Liberal4 August 1999 – 26 August 2001
 Kon VatskalisLabor27 August 2001 – 9 December 2004
 9 December 2004 – 31 August 2006Minister for Multicultural Affairs
 Delia LawrieLabor1 September 2006 – 6 August 2007
 Paul HendersonLabor7 August 2007 – 28 August 2012
 Terry MillsCountry Liberal29 August 2012 – 13 March 2013
 Peter StylesCountry Liberal14 March 2013 – 27 August 2016
 Michael GunnerLabor31 August 2016 – 11 September 2016
12 September 2016 – 20 December 2018: no minister – responsibilities held by other ministers
 Nicole ManisonLabor21 December 2018 – 7 September 2020Minister for Multicultural Affairs
 Kate WordenLabor8 September 2020 – Present

Senior Territorians

MinisterPartyTerm [6][7][8][9][10]Ministerial title
 Denis BurkeCountry Liberal15 September 1997 – 8 February 1999Minister for Senior Territorians
 Stephen DunhamCountry Liberal9 February 1999 – 26 August 2001
 Clare MartinLabor27 August 2001 – 10 July 2005
 Marion ScrymgourLabor11 July 2005 – 29 November 2007
 Matthew BonsonLabor30 November 2007 – 17 August 2008
 Malarndirri McCarthyLabor18 August 2008 – 5 August 2009
 Gerry McCarthyLabor6 August 2009 – 3 December 2009
 Rob KnightLabor4 December 2009 – 28 August 2012
 Terry MillsCountry Liberal29 August 2012 – 6 March 2013
 Lia FinocchiaroCountry Liberal7 March 2013 – 13 March 2013
 Peter StylesCountry Liberal14 March 2013 – 11 December 2014
 Gary HigginsCountry Liberal12 December 2014 – 10 February 2015
 Peter StylesCountry Liberal11 February 2015 – 27 August 2016
 Michael GunnerLabor31 August 2016 – 11 September 2016
12 September 2016 – 7 September 2020: no minister – responsibilities held by other ministers
 Lauren MossLabor8 September 2020 – PresentMinister for Seniors

Young Territorians

MinisterPartyTerm [6][7][8][9][10]Ministerial title
 Nick DondasCountry Liberal2 January 1979 - 30 June 1980Minister for Youth, Sport and Recreation
1 July 1980 – 31 December 1980: no minister – responsibilities held by other ministers
 Nick DondasCountry Liberal1 January 1981 – 25 January 1982Minister for Youth, Sport and Recreation
26 January 1982 – 30 November 1982: no minister – responsibilities held by other ministers
 Nick DondasCountry Liberal1 December 1982 – 12 December 1983Minister for Youth, Sport, Recreation and Ethnic Affairs
 13 December 1983 – 20 December 1984Minister for Health, Youth, Sport, Recreation and Ethnic Affairs
 Jim RobertsonCountry Liberal13 December 1983 – 19 August 1985Minister for Youth, Sport, Recreation and Ethnic Affairs
 Ray HanrahanCountry Liberal20 August 1985 – 28 April 1986
 Don DaleCountry Liberal29 April 1986 – 18 March 1987
19 March 1987 – 3 September 1989: no minister – responsibilities held by other ministers
 Roger ValeCountry Liberal4 September 1989 – 12 November 1990Minister for Youth, Sport, Recreation and Ethnic Affairs
13 November 1990 – 14 September 1997: no minister – responsibilities held by other ministers
 Shane StoneCountry Liberal15 September 1997 – 8 February 1999Minister for Young Territorians
 Denis BurkeCountry Liberal9 February 1999 – 26 August 2001
 Clare MartinLabor27 August 2001 – 10 July 2005
 Marion ScrymgourLabor11 July 2005 – 29 November 2007
 Matthew BonsonLabor30 November 2007 – 17 August 2008
 Malarndirri McCarthyLabor18 August 2008 – 5 August 2009
 Gerry McCarthyLabor6 August 2009 – 3 December 2009
 Rob KnightLabor4 December 2009 – 28 August 2012
 Terry MillsCountry Liberal29 August 2012 – 6 March 2013
 Lia FinocchiaroCountry Liberal7 March 2013 – 13 March 2013
 Peter StylesCountry Liberal14 March 2013 – 14 February 2016
 Nathan BarrettCountry Liberal15 February 2016 – 18 July 2016
 Gary HigginsCountry Liberal19 July 2016 – 7 August 2016
 Michael GunnerLabor31 August 2016 – 11 September 2016
12 September 2016 – 7 September 2020: no minister – responsibilities held by other ministers
 Lauren MossLabor8 September 2020 – PresentMinister for Youth

Former posts


Child Protection

MinisterPartyTerm [6][7][8][9][10]Ministerial title
 Marion ScrymgourLabor7 August 2007 – 17 August 2008Minister for Child Protection
 Malarndirri McCarthyLabor18 August 2008 – 3 December 2009
 Kon VatskalisLabor4 December 2009 – 28 August 2012
 Terry MillsCountry Liberal29 August 2012 – 3 September 2012

Men's Policy

MinisterPartyTerm [10]Ministerial title
 Bess PriceCLP12 December 2014 – 27 August 2016Minister for Men's Policy
 Michael GunnerLabor31 August 2016 – 11 September 2016

References


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