Chief Minister Brings In New Blood To Cabinet

Chief Minister Brings In New Blood To Cabinet

Northern Territory Chief Minister Adam Giles

New Cabinet Line-Up

Victor P Taffa

Chief Minister Adam Giles has reinvigorated his ministerial line-up by bringing in new blood and introducing two new portfolios.

“I’m excited to be welcoming a new Minister into my team with Gary Higgins adding another experienced hand to the line-up.” Mr. Giles said.

Gary Higgins will take on the portfolios of Sport and Recreation, Senior Territorians and the Environment.




“As we work to develop Northern Australia, I want Territorians to have confidence that the protection of our environment and outdoor lifestyle is a government priority. This new standalone Environment Portfolio achieves that.” Mr. Giles said.

“Gary Higgins has been assisting me as Parliamentary Secretary for Northern Australia Development preparing him well for this position. He has a long interest in environmental management, especially in the Daly, and he’ll be a great asset to the team.”

“After listening to long-ignored pleas from veterans groups, I have decided to create the Territory’s first Ministry for Defence Industries and Veterans Support. This portfolio will be headed up by the Deputy Chief Minister and reflects the priority we place on the large local defence community, including veterans and their families. I’m sure this will be warmly welcomed by veterans groups.”

Peter Chandler has also taken on additional responsibility with the key Police, Fire and Emergency Services ministry.

“I am taking on the crucial Tourism portfolio, better aligning it with my other ministries of Asian Engagement and Trade, Economic Development and Major Projects, Northern and Central Australia Development.” Mr. Giles said.

“I’ll also be taking on Arts and Museums with a particular focus on cultural ties with Asia through our Festivals NT program. Gary Higgins will assist me in this Arts role. I will remain as Treasurer.”

“After doing a fantastic job as Health Minister, where she has delivered improved services to patients at clinics and hospitals across the Territory, Robyn Lambley will now bring her skills to Education.”

Newly Elevated Minister Gary Higgins

Newly Elevated Minister Gary Higgins









Robyn Lambley also picks up the Employment and Training portfolio, as well as Corrections.

“I want Minister Elferink to now turn his attention to Health, with the building of the new Palmerston Regional Hospital his number one priority.” Mr. Giles said.

“Mental health has long been an issue that I would like to give more attention and so I have created this as a new standalone ministry with a special focus on young people. This was something raised with me at the Chief Minister’s Youth Roundtable only last weekend and I am keen to see additional work undertaken in this space under John Elferink’s watch.”

Matt Conlan has been promoted to the Transport and Infrastructure portfolio, while Peter Styles has been promoted to be Minister for Business.

“I am excited about the make-up of this new team and look forward to working with them on behalf of all Territorians.” Mr. Giles said.

NT Minister for Statehood Bess Price

NT Minister for Statehood Bess Price








Giles Northern Territory Government Ministry

Adam Graham Giles

Chief Minister

Minister for Northern Australia Development

Minister for Central Australian Development

Minister for Economic Development and Major Projects

Minister for Asian Engagement and Trade


Minister for Tourism

Minister for Arts and Museums


Peter Glen Chandler

Minister for Lands and Planning

Minister for Police Fire and Emergency Services

Minister for Defence Industries and Veterans Support


Johan Wessel Elferink

Attorney-General and Minister for Justice

Minister for Public Employment

Minister for Children and Families

Minister for Health

Minister for Mental Health Services

Minister for Disability Services


Willem Rudolf Westra van Holthe

Minister for Primary Industry and Fisheries

Minister for Mines and Energy

Minister for Land Resource Management

Minister for Essential Services


Peter Donald Styles

Minister for Business

Minister for Racing Gaming and Licensing

Minister for Multicultural Affairs

Minister for Corporate and Information Services

Minister for Young Territorians


Robyn Jane Lambley

Minister for Education

Minister for Employment and Training

Minister for Corrections


Bess Nungarrayi Price

Minister for Local Government and Community Services

Minister for Women’s Policy

Minister for Men’s Policy

Minister for Parks and Wildlife

Minister for Statehood


Matthew Escott Conlan

Minister for Transport

Minister for Infrastructure

Minister for Housing


Gary John Higgins

Minister for Sport and Recreation

Minister for Senior Territorians

Minister for the Environment

Minister assisting the Minister for Arts and Museums