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Chief Minister of the Australian Capital Territory

The Chief Minister of the Australian Capital Territory is the head of government of the Australian Capital Territory. The leader of the party with the largest representation of seats in the unicameral Australian Capital Territory Legislative Assembly usually takes on the role. Unlike other states and territories, the Chief Minister of the ACT is not nominally appointed by an administrator or viceroy, but elected directly by the Assembly.[1] Since there are no local governments in the territory, the Chief Minister's role is not only roughly equivalent to that of the Premiers of the states of Australia, but also that of the mayor of a local council.

Chief Minister of the Australian Capital Territory
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Andrew Barr

since 11 December 2014
StyleThe Honourable
AppointerAustralian Capital Territory Legislative Assembly
Inaugural holderRosemary Follett
Formation11 May 1989

The current Chief Minister is Andrew Barr of the Labor Party, who was elected by the Assembly on 11 December 2014 following the resignation of Katy Gallagher.[2]


List of Chief MinistersEdit

# Name Party Term Start Term End Timespan
1 Rosemary Follett Labor 11 May 1989 5 December 19891 208 days
2 Trevor Kaine Liberal 5 December 1989 6 June 19912 1 year, 183 days
(1) Rosemary Follett Labor 6 June 1991 2 March 1995 3 years, 269 days
3 Kate Carnell Liberal 2 March 1995 18 October 20003 5 years, 230 days
4 Gary Humphries Liberal 18 October 2000 5 November 2001 1 year, 18 days
5 Jon Stanhope Labor 5 November 2001 12 May 20114 9 years, 188 days
6 Katy Gallagher Labor 16 May 2011 11 December 20145 3 years, 209 days
7 Andrew Barr Labor 11 December 2014 Incumbent 4 years, 250 days

1 Lost a no confidence vote in the Assembly originating from allegations made on a television program that the Follett led Labor Government had sought to secure by persuasion the vote of David Prowse, the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly, for the Business Franchise ("X" Videos) Bill.[3]
2 Lost a no confidence vote in the Assembly following unpopular decisions to close schools, close the Royal Canberra Hospital and amend planning laws that led to the collapse of the Kaine led Liberal Alliance Government with Residents Rally.[4]
3 Resigned when faced with a no confidence vote due to the high costs of the Bruce Stadium renovations; and was replaced by Gary Humphries without the motion being put to the Assembly.[5]
4 Resigned on 12 May 2011 for personal reasons; was replaced by his deputy Katy Gallagher on 16 May 2011 by vote of the Assembly.[6]
5 Resigned on 11 December 2014 to contest the ACT Senate position vacated by Kate Lundy; was replaced by her deputy Andrew Barr.

Living former Chief MinistersEdit

As of August 2017, all former Chief Ministers are living with the exception of Trevor Kaine who died on 3 June 2008.

Graphical timelineEdit

Andrew BarrKaty GallagherJon StanhopeGary HumphriesKate CarnellRosemary FollettTrevor KaineRosemary Follett 

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Assembly Debate" (PDF). ACT Hansard. ACT Legislative Assembly. 11 May 1989. p. 4. Retrieved 21 August 2010.
  2. ^ "Andrew Barr elected ACT Chief Minister, seventh in history". ABC News. Australia. 11 December 2014. Retrieved 11 December 2014.
  3. ^ "Assembly Debate" (PDF). ACT Hansard. ACT Legislative Assembly. 5 December 1989. pp. 2987–2993. Retrieved 19 August 2010.
  4. ^ "Assembly Debate" (PDF). ACT Hansard. ACT Legislative Assembly. 6 June 1991. pp. 2167–236. Retrieved 14 August 2010.
  5. ^ "Assembly Debate" (PDF). ACT Hansard. ACT Legislative Assembly. 10 October 2000. p. 3141. Retrieved 21 August 2010.
  6. ^ Shane Rattenbury, Speaker (16 May 2011). |chapter-url= missing title (help) (PDF). Parliamentary Debates (Hansard). Australian Capital Territory: Legislative Assembly. p. 2027.[permanent dead link]