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Monday, 7 March 2005
Page: 202


Senator O’Brien asked the Minister representing the Minister for Local Government, Territories and Roads, upon notice, on 23 December 2004:

(1)   What departmental branches report to the Minister.

(2)   What portfolio agencies and bodies report to the Minister.

(3)   For which department functions and programmes does the Minister exercise administrative responsibility.


Senator Ian Campbell (Minister for the Environment and Heritage) —The Minister for Local Government, Territories and Roads has provided the following answer to the honourable senator’s question:

(1)   A number of branches provide advice to the Minister for Local Government, Territories and Roads on matters associated with the functions and programmes listed below at (3).

(2)   The Minister for Local Government, Territories and Roads exercises ministerial functions in relation to the National Capital Authority and the administrators of the Northern Territory, Norfolk Island and the Indian Ocean Territories. These administrators are appointed by the Governor-General, but provide some reports to the minister.

(3)   The Minister for Local Government, Territories and Roads exercises administrative responsibility for the following departmental functions and programmes:

  • Local government
  • Territories, including Christmas Island, the Cocos (Keeling) Islands, Norfolk Island, the Northern Territory, the Australian Capital Territory and Jervis Bay
  • Operational management of roads programmes, including the Roads to Recovery Programme and the Black Spot Programme
  • Road safety, including the road rules, the National Road Safety Strategy 2001-2010, and motor vehicle safety and recalls
  • Administration of the Motor Vehicle Standards Act 1989, including ongoing policy and legislative issues associated with the Specialists and Enthusiasts Vehicles Scheme and the Registered Automotive Workshop Scheme
  • Approval of projects under regional programmes as appropriate.