Dr Hugh Heggie PSM Appointed as Northern Territory Administrator

The role of Administrator is an important public office supporting the Northern Territory – administering key statutory, civic and ceremonial responsibilities for the Territory.

Former Chief Health Officer for the Northern Territory Dr Hugh Heggie PSM has been appointed as the new Administrator of the Northern Territory, bringing extensive experience and a commitment to community service to the position.

He will commence on 31 January 2023 for a three-year term.

Dr Heggie was appointed to the position by the Governor-General on advice from the Australian and Northern Territory governments, based on Dr Heggie’s deep experience in senior public service, executive leadership and statutory roles.

“Dr Heggie will bring valuable experience to the role of the Administrator of the Northern Territory,” said Minister for Regional Development, Local Government and Territories Kristy McBain.

“Having served as the Northern Territory’s Chief Health Officer and the Executive Director of Public Health and Clinical Excellence in the Northern Territory Government’s Department of Health, Dr Heggie has significant leadership experience, and I know that he will bring those same capabilities to the role of Administrator.

“The Australian Government appreciates the work and service of Her Honourable Vicki O’Halloran AO, the Administrator of the Northern Territory and I thank her for her service as the Northern Territory’s Administrator since 2017,” Minister McBain said.

The Chief Minister of the Northern Territory, the Hon Natasha Fyles MLA said, “Her Honour has continued to support the Northern Territory community through the uncertainties of the COVID-19 pandemic and on behalf of all Territorians, I thank her for her service.

“I look forward to working with Dr Heggie to deliver tangible outcomes for the Northern Territory. As a Territorian who has worked in a number of remote Northern Territory communities since 2002, Dr Heggie has a strong understanding of our regions and First Nation communities. He is a passionate member of our community and is committed to serving all Territorians.” Chief Minister Fyles said.

Her Honour’s reappointment for three months allows for a smooth transition until Dr Heggie’s commencement in January.