The Cabinet

Cabinet is made up of Northern Territory Government (NTG) ministers.

They are responsible for areas of government, known as portfolios.

Cabinet’s role is to discuss and decide major policy and financial decisions for the government.

Cabinet usually meets weekly in Darwin. Regular community meetings are also held in other parts of the NT.

Executives and officers from NTG agencies support Cabinet by providing advice to ministers.

Before making decisions, Cabinet consults appropriate agencies for advice.

Cabinet Secretary

The chief executive officer of the Department of the Chief Minister is the current Cabinet Secretary.

The Cabinet Secretary’s role is to:

  • advise the Chief Minister on the flow of Cabinet business
  • attend Cabinet meetings and recording its decisions
  • approve any changes to consultation or distribution requirements for Cabinet submissions.

Chief Minister

Hon Michael Patrick Francis Gunner MLA

Chief Minister
Minister for Northern Australia
Minister for Trade and Major Projects
Minister for Business and Innovation
Minister for Defence Jobs and Veterans' Affairs 
Minister for Treaty 
Minister for Children



Hon Nicole Susan Manison MLA

Deputy Chief Minister
Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Services
Minister for Multicultural Affairs


Hon Natasha Kate Fyles MLA

Attorney-General and Minister for Justice
Minister for Health
Minister for Disabilities
Minister for the Arafura Games
Leader of Government Business


Hon Gerald Francis McCarthy MLA

Minister for Local Government, Housing and Community Development
Minister for Public Employment


Hon Lauren Jane Moss MLA

Minister for Tourism, Sport and Culture
Minister for Corporate and Information Services


Hon Eva Dina Lawler MLA

Minister for Environment and Natural Resources
Minister for Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics
Minister for Climate Change


Hon Dale Suzanne Wakefield MLA

Minister for Territory Families
Minister for Renewables, Energy and Essential Services


Hon Selena Jane Malijarri Uibo MLA

Minister for Education
Minister for Aboriginal Affairs 
Minister for Workforce Training


Hon Paul Andrew Kirby MLA

Minister for Primary Industry and Resources


Last updated: 20 November 2019

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