Malta is subdivided into 5 regions. The Regional Level of Government is relatively young as a system of governance in Malta. Five Regional Committees were established and set-up through the amendment of the Local Councils Act in 2009 which establishing the Southern (Nofsinhar) Regional Committee as one of the 5 Regions of the Maltese Islands (Article 37A(1) of the Local Council Act).
The functions of the Regional Committees are established by the Ministry for Justice, Culture and Local Government in the form of regulations following consultation with the Local Councils Association. The five regional committees were up and running in 2011.
Each region has a Regional Committee, which consists of a Regional President, a Vice President, an Executive Secretary and between 10 and 14 members.
Regjun Nofsinhar is composed of fourteen Local Councils – Hal Qormi, Haz-Zebbug, Is-Siggiewi, Birzebbuga, Il-Gudja, Hal Ghaxaq, Il-Hamrun, Hal Kirkop, Hal Luqa, L-Imqabba, Il-Qrendi, Hal Safi, Santa Lucija, Iz-Zurrieq.
The Regional committee is composed by the mayor of each locality. The committee is presided by the President Mr. Jesmond Aquilina. Mr. Frederick Cutajar occupies the post of Vice President. Ms. Claudette Abela Baldacchino served as the first Regional President between 2011 and 2013.
The Administration Office of the Southern Region is situated in Hal Qormi. The Regional Tribunal is part of the administration building.