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Jamie Chalker

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Jamie Chalker was appointed as the CEO of DHCD in December 2016 following a policing career in the Northern Territory that commenced in 1994. He spent more than half of this policing career based outside of Darwin which included general duties, remote policing, criminal investigation and senior executive management roles.

Jamie's career highlights include policing in remote aboriginal communities, and in particular, coordinating the evacuation and subsequent repatriation six weeks later of 1500 people from Kalkaringi and Daguragu due to the Victoria River floods. In 1999, he was awarded a Royal Humane Society Bronze Medal for Bravery for entering flood waters and rescuing a man who had been swept down river in Wattie Creek near Daguragu. He also holds the Australian Police Medal and has a number of career highlights through his homicide, serious drug and organised crime investigations including securing a murder conviction in Alice Springs and realising significant prosecutions against a well-known organised crime group.

He was also the Event Controller for the visit to Darwin by the President of the United States of America and commanded the Emergency Operations Centre to ensure the effective deployment of the largest ever security contingent by the Northern Territory Police Force. In his time as Assistant Commissioner Regional Operations, he championed the rollout of SupportLink, designed and implemented the Community Safety Action Plans, introduced Aboriginal Liaison Officers into remote aboriginal communities and realised significant crime reductions across the regional and remote portfolio.

He has a Bachelor of Business majoring in Human Resource Management and Administrative Management, has completed the AFP Management of Serious Crime course and holds a Graduate Certificate in Applied Management, a Graduate Diploma in Executive Leadership and a Master of Leadership and Management (Policing and Security). He also undertook a Churchill Fellowship studying international law enforcement agency responses to outlaw motorcycle gangs and has completed the Australian Institute of Company Directors course. Following a year as the Acting Deputy Commissioner of the NT Police Force and having acted as the Commissioner of Police, Fire and Emergency Services, Jamie was appointed as the CEO of the Department of Housing and Community Development.

Under Jamie’s charter, the DHCD leads the delivery of the government’s priorities in the areas of housing and community development. It is integral in the development of towns, regions and remote areas, with responsibility for urban and remote public housing, local government, Aboriginal interpreting services, homeland and outstation services, remote land tenure and Indigenous essential services. The department is the main provider of social housing in the NT, responsible for over 12 000 dwellings and 9 000 tenancies. It also administers joint agreements with the Commonwealth Government for the National Partnership on Remote Housing and the Remote Australia Strategies.

In his time in the role, Jamie has undertaken an organisational restructure of the department to better align its services and increase its efficiency, and introduced a Purpose and Direction Strategy that shifts the agency towards a social service. He has also established a project management office to support the delivery of the NT Government flagship $1.1 Billion Remote Housing Investment Program over the next 10 years across 73 remote Aboriginal communities. The program is focused on community development, local decision making, and local Aboriginal employment as opposed to being solely an infrastructure program.