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Electoral Reform

The Northern Territory (NT) Government is committed to reforms which ensure open, accountable and transparent government.

A fundamental principle of good governance is the participation of citizens in decision-making and public debate. Elections give every Territorian the opportunity to have a say about their government or to participate directly in government.

A good electoral system is one that works well for Territorians, is transparent and fair for voters and candidates, and which results in an effective democratic system of government.

The government is consulting on the way we vote and the rules for conducting elections for the Legislative Assembly. The voting and election rules are set out in the Electoral Act (the Act), the provisions of which will be reviewed and amended to implement the reforms.

The reforms aim to:

  • increase the participation of Territorians in governance and public life
  • enhance public support and confidence in our system of governance.

The proposed electoral reforms are part of the development of a strong integrity framework for the Northern Territory. This means that our government systems are set up to be accountable to Territorians, with proper checks and balances on the powers exercised by politicians and public servants.

The consultation discussion paper sets out the major areas where our electoral system could benefit from reform.

Have your say

Territorians have the opportunity to provide feedback on the areas of electoral reform discussed in the consultation discussion paper, or to suggest other changes.

Have your say by completing the online survey below. Submissions close 19 January 2018.

Alternatively, you can download and fill in the survey for return by email to electoralreform.dcm@nt.gov.au or via post

Electoral Reforms
Reply Paid 4396
Darwin NT 0801

What happens to my feedback?

Any feedback or comment received by the Department of the Chief Minister will be treated as a public document unless clearly marked as ‘confidential’. In the absence of such clear indication, the Department of the Chief Minister will treat the feedback or comment as non-confidential. Non-confidential feedback or comments are likely to be made publicly available and published on the Department of the Chief Minister website. The Department of the Chief Minister may draw upon the contents of such and quote from them or refer to them in reports, which may be made publicly available.

After the public consultation period government will consider the ideas and opinions put forward by members of the public, and decide whether the Electoral Act needs to be amended.

The consultation discussion paper has been prepared for discussion purposes only and any views expressed are not to be taken to represent official policy or the views of the Northern Territory Government, the Northern Territory Chief Minister or the Department of the Chief Minister.

The Northern Territory (NT) Government is committed to reforms which ensure open, accountable and transparent government.

A fundamental principle of good governance is the participation of citizens in decision-making and public debate. Elections give every Territorian the opportunity to have a say about their government or to participate directly in government.

A good electoral system is one that works well for Territorians, is transparent and fair for voters and candidates, and which results in an effective democratic system of government.

The government is consulting on the way we vote and the rules for conducting elections for the Legislative Assembly. The voting and election rules are set out in the Electoral Act (the Act), the provisions of which will be reviewed and amended to implement the reforms.

The reforms aim to:

  • increase the participation of Territorians in governance and public life
  • enhance public support and confidence in our system of governance.

The proposed electoral reforms are part of the development of a strong integrity framework for the Northern Territory. This means that our government systems are set up to be accountable to Territorians, with proper checks and balances on the powers exercised by politicians and public servants.

The consultation discussion paper sets out the major areas where our electoral system could benefit from reform.

Have your say

Territorians have the opportunity to provide feedback on the areas of electoral reform discussed in the consultation discussion paper, or to suggest other changes.

Have your say by completing the online survey below. Submissions close 19 January 2018.

Alternatively, you can download and fill in the survey for return by email to electoralreform.dcm@nt.gov.au or via post

Electoral Reforms
Reply Paid 4396
Darwin NT 0801

What happens to my feedback?

Any feedback or comment received by the Department of the Chief Minister will be treated as a public document unless clearly marked as ‘confidential’. In the absence of such clear indication, the Department of the Chief Minister will treat the feedback or comment as non-confidential. Non-confidential feedback or comments are likely to be made publicly available and published on the Department of the Chief Minister website. The Department of the Chief Minister may draw upon the contents of such and quote from them or refer to them in reports, which may be made publicly available.

After the public consultation period government will consider the ideas and opinions put forward by members of the public, and decide whether the Electoral Act needs to be amended.

The consultation discussion paper has been prepared for discussion purposes only and any views expressed are not to be taken to represent official policy or the views of the Northern Territory Government, the Northern Territory Chief Minister or the Department of the Chief Minister.