Acting CPA Small Branches Chairperson - 2021

Hon. Joy Burch, MLA
Acting Chairperson of the CPA Small Branches 
Speaker of the Legislative Assembly for the Australian Capital Territory


The Acting Chairperson of the CPA Small Branches is Hon. Joy Burch, MLA, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly for the Australian Capital Territory

Hon. Joy Burch assumed the role of Acting CPA Small Branches Chairperson in February 2021 upon the resignation of the previous CPA Small Branches Chairperson, Hon. Niki Rattle (Cook Islands). Hon. Joy Burch was at the time the Vice-Chairperson of the CPA Small Branches Steering Committee and so assumed the role of Acting CPA Small Branches Chairperson until the next CPA Small Branches Conference.

As Acting CPA Small Branches Chairperson, Hon. Joy Burch also becomes a member of the CPA Executive Committee and the CPA Coordinating Committee. 

Hon. Joy Burch was first elected in 2008 and has served on a number of Committees including Administration and Procedure; Health, Ageing, Community and Social Services; and Justice and Community; and has held several Ministerial positions. She served as Deputy Speaker becoming Speaker of the Legislative Assembly for the Australian Capital Territory in October 2016.

Under CPA election rules only delegates from CPA Small Branches to the next Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference could take part in the vote to elect a new CPA Small Branches Chairperson. The election of the new Chairperson of Small Branches will therefore take place at the 38th CPA Small Branches Conference due to be held as part of the 65th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference

Of the over 180 Branches of the CPA, forty-three Branches are classified as ‘Small Branches’ which are defined as jurisdictions having a population below 500,000 people. The CPA Headquarters Secretariat works closely with Small Branches in all Regions of the CPA to identify their unique needs and requirements in parliamentary strengthening, development and cooperation


Previous CPA Small Branches Chairperson*:

- Hon. Niki Rattle, Speaker of the Parliament of the Cook Islands - 2019-2021
- Hon. Angelo Farrugia, MP, Speaker of the Parliament of Malta - 2016-2019

*The position of CPA Small Branches Chairperson was first created in 2016.

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Updated 22 February 2021/CPAHQ