The Cabinet is made up of Cabinet Secretary Ms. Sandra I. Ward, Attorney General Honourable Dawn J. Smith; Minister for Natural Resources and Labour Honourable Hon Melvin M. Turnbull (R2); Deputy Premier and Minister for Communications and Works Honourable Kye Rymer (R5); Governor and Chairman John J. Rankin, CMG; Premier Dr the Hon Wheatley, Minister for Health and Social Development Hon Marlon A. Penn (R8) and Minister for Education, Culture, Youth Affairs, and Sports Honourable Sharie de Castro (AL).
The VI Cabinet is constitutionally charged with the policymaking functions of the Territory and is assigned the control, direction and development of the Territory and is constitutionally allowed to make its own rules of procedure for the conduct of its business.
Cabinet meets weekly on a given day to establish its agenda for the meeting on another day in the upcoming week to make decisions on a collective basis and operate under a strict regime of confidentiality.
The meetings are closed to the public and this allows ministers to receive frank and honest information and advice on matters with national and international interests.
Members also rely on Cabinet as a forum in which they can deliberate in confidence on controversial matters, urgent public affairs, strategic issues and all significant policy matters, including legislation, the public service and the Territory as a whole.