B.1 Organisational Overview

The Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development Directorate (CMTEDD) leads the public sector and works collaboratively both within government and with the community to achieve positive outcomes.

Role as a Central Agency

As a central agency, CMTEDD provided strategic advice and support to the Chief Minister, the directorate’s Ministers and the Cabinet on policy, economic and financial matters, service delivery and whole of government issues. It facilitated the implementation of government priorities, drove new initiatives and led the strategic direction for the Service.

The directorate provided advice to the ACT Government and agencies on the Territory’s budget and financial management, economic and revenue policy, infrastructure financing, federal financial relations, and workers’ compensation policy. It was also responsible for collecting and managing taxation revenue, and managing the Territory’s financial assets and liabilities including superannuation liabilities and investments. In addition it managed Shared Services across government including information and communication technology (ICT), financial and human resources (HR) support.

The directorate, through Access Canberra, provided a one-stop shop for ACT Government customer and regulatory services to make access for the community to government services easier, simpler and faster.

The directorate had a strong focus on facilitating business development and new investment, tourism and events, sport and recreation, higher and vocational education and the arts, often in coordination with the private sector, to increase the economic performance of the ACT. The directorate was also responsible for land release and facilitating projects, as well as procurement and capital works. It also provided advice to Government on racing and gaming activities.

The directorate continued to provide a coordinated response to the health, social, financial and practical consequences of the continuing contamination of Canberra houses with loose fill asbestos insulation.


The ACTPS values underpin our work as a directorate. These are our values:


  • We take pride in our work;
  • We value and acknowledge the contribution of others; and
  • We relate to colleagues and clients in a fair, decent, caring and professional manner.


  • We do what we say we’ll do and respond appropriately, especially when the unexpected occurs;
  • We take responsibility and are accountable for our decisions and actions; and
  • We engage genuinely with the community, and manage the resources entrusted to us honestly and responsibly.


  • We work openly and share appropriate information to reach shared goals; and
  • We actively seek out other views when solving problems and value and act on feedback on how we can do things better.


  • We look for ways to continuously improve our services and skills; and
  • We are open to change and new ideas from all sources.

In addition, as the central agency, we will:

  • communicate openly and honestly, explaining context and reporting back on outcomes;
  • engage early with an open mind;
  • demonstrate and earn trust; and
  • act collectively, both as a directorate and as one government.


The directorate provided strategic policy advice and high level support to our principal stakeholders, the Chief Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development, Minister for Urban Renewal, Minister for Tourism and Events, Minister for Racing and Gaming, Minister for Workplace Safety and Industrial Relations, Minister for Sport and Recreation, Minister for Higher Education, Training and Research, Assistant Minister for Health and Minister for Small Business and the Arts. It also supported and assisted our other key stakeholders and clients:

  • The Cabinet and the Government;
  • The ACT Legislative Assembly;
  • The ACT Community;
  • Community Councils and groups;
  • industry and business institutions;
  • higher and vocational education institutions;
  • consumers and licensees;
  • media; and
  • ACT Government Directorates, agencies and authorities.

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