Department of the Legislative Assembly

Department Units

Department Divisions

The purpose of the Department of the Legislative Assembly is to provide the Northern Territory Parliament and its Members with quality and timely support for the operation of the Parliament and Parliament House.

The Department is comprised of three divisions, which are:

House Division
Office of the Clerk
Procedural Support and Security
Finance Services 
 
Committees and Education Division
Committee Office
Parliamentary Education Services 
 
Members and Corporate Support Division
Business Services
Building and Property Management  

Office of the Speaker
The principal administrative function of the Office of the Speaker is the responsibility for the overall operation of the Parliament and Parliament House, including the use of facilities in the building and its precincts. In undertaking the duties and responsibilities associated with the Office the Speaker is assisted by the Office of the Clerk.

Included in the responsibilities of the Office of the Speaker is the ultimate administration of the Remuneration Tribunal which sets out terms and conditions for Members and entitlements such as office accommodation, staff, vehicles and electorate-related travel.

Section 3 of the Public Sector Employment and Management Act confers on the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly the same powers as the Commissioner for Public Employment in respect of officers employed by the Legislative Assembly.

Ceremonial and hospitality functions of the Parliament and inter-parliamentary liaison are also administered by the Office of the Speaker.

Principal Contact:
Ms Martine Smith
Office of the Speaker
Phone: (08) 8946 1433
Fax: (08) 8981 3284
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House Division

Office of the Clerk
The Clerk is the Chief Executive Officer of the Department of the Legislative Assembly and is responsible for corporate management.

The Office of the Clerk provides advice to the Speaker on administrative and parliamentary matters and provides procedural advice to all Members and Committees.

In addition the office is responsible for:

  • provision of Clerks at the Table during sittings of the Assembly
  • drafting motions, amendments and procedural scripts for Members as required
  • producing the Order of Business/Notice Paper and related Chamber documentation
  • administering the Register of Members' Interests (Clerk is Registrar)
  • receipt and collation of Matters of Public Importance and Petitions to be tabled
  • advice on Members entitlements
  • financial management and Members’ travel.

Principal Contact: 
Mr Michael Tatham
Clerk of the Legislative Assembly
Telephone: (08) 8946 1450
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Procedural Support and Security

The Procedural Support and Security Unit is comprised of three divisions, which are:

Chamber Services

The Chamber Services Unit provides support for the sittings of the Legislative Assembly including:

  • receipt and processing of Written Questions and Answers, Petitions, Bills, Bill amendments and procedural motions
  • administering tabled papers
  • production of Minutes of Proceedings
  • procedural notes for conduct of business in the Consideration in Detail
  • administrative support for passage and assent of Bill
  • in the Chamber, distribute papers and provide Members with routine administrative and procedural assistance.

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Hansard Services

The Hansard Unit is responsible for the production and editing of the:

  • Daily Hansard and Parliamentary Record
  • Estimates Committee transcripts
  • other transcripts as required
  • indexing of Debates and Questions.

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Security Services Unit
The Security Services Unit coordinates and manages the security activities of the agency including:

  • security services in Parliament House
  • emergency management and cyclone procedure coordination
  • provision of security advice to Parliament House building occupants and electorate offices
  • provision of security education and awareness training
  • work health and safety matters.

Principal Contact: 
Mr Sean O'Connor
Clerk Assistant Chamber and Serjeant at Arms
Telephone: (08) 8946 1430
Fax: (08) 8941 2558
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Finance Services
The Finance Unit provide strategic advice and tactical management on financial and budgetary matters to the Speaker, the Department’s Executive Management and ensure legislative and regulatory compliance for the finance function including management of departmental accounting policies, standards and processes.

Principal Contact:
Mrs Diem Tang
Chief Financial Officer
Telephone: (08) 8946 1459
Fax: (08) 8946 1403
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Committees and Education Division

Committee Office
The Committee Office provides support to parliamentary committees, including assistance with draft resolutions on committee matters, research and report drafting for inquiries and logistical arrangements for meetings.

Principal Contact: 
Mr Russell Keith
First Clerk Assistant (Committees)
Phone: (08) 8946 1429
Fax: (08) 8946 1419
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Parliamentary Education Services
The Parliamentary Education Services conducts education sessions and tours for schools, the general public and visiting dignitaries.  It produces promotional booklets, brochures and resources for teaching and learning about parliamentary democracy in the Northern Territory.

Principal Contact: 
Mr Craig Muir
Manager of Parliamentary Education Services
Phone: (08) 8946 1414
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Member and Corporate Support Division

Business Services
Business Services has overarching responsibility for Member services, human resources, records management, information technology, office services and procurement advice and support for managers.  The unit is responsible for the  development and implementation of Human Resource strategies, policies and services, provision of expert advice to managers on procurement rules and processes, management of the payment of salaries and allowances through the Government’s DCIS salaries unit, telecommunication services for Parliament House and electorate offices, information technology services from the Department of Corporate and Information Services and the supply of furniture, equipment and general office supplies for the department and electorate offices.

Principal Contact: 
Ms Jacqui Forrest
Director of Business Services
Phone: (08) 8946 1451
Fax: (08) 8941 2558
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Building and Property Management
Building and Property Management has the overall responsibility for the management of facilities at Parliament House and electorate offices including:

  • electrical/mechanical energy management
  • repairs and maintenance, minor and capital works programs
  • leasing
  • asset management
  • contract development and management
  • management of on-site contractors.

Principal Contact: 
Mr Bill Fryar
Director of Building and Property Management Services
Phone: (08) 8946 1410
Fax: (08) 8946 144
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Last updated: 22 Jun 2017