Cabinet approval is required to establish a new government board or committee.

Guidance on when to establish a board or committee and a template for seeking Cabinet’s approval can be found in Department of the Premier and Cabinet Circular PC022. Requirements in relation to remuneration of government boards can be found in Department of the Premier and Cabinet Circular PC016.

A range of information has been put together to help manage board and committee administration.  

Boards and appointments requiring Cabinet referral

Board appointments made by the Governor in Executive Council must be referred to Cabinet Subcommittee. Some may require a Cabinet note prior to being considered by Cabinet Subcommittee.

Other significant appointments must be noted by Cabinet where:

  • the board is a public corporation (or the governing body of a public corporation)
  • the board is a major advisory board
  • the board is a significant statutory authority (or the governing body of a significant statutory authority)
  • members receive annual remuneration.

Ministers can also choose to bring sensitive appointments to Cabinet if broader ministerial consideration is prudent.

Templates for boards and committees

  • Major boards appointed by a minister require a note only.
  • Major boards appointed by the Governor in Executive Council require both a note and a sub-committee submission.
  • Boards appointed by the Governor in Executive Council but which are not of major significance require a Subcommittee submission only. 

More information is available about specific requirements for each board or committee. Visit the templates page to download the required templates.

Women on boards

The government is committed to 50% of all board and committee members being women and 50% of all government board and committees being chaired by women. To find out more, refer to the information about gender representation.

Board and committee appointment checklist

Specific information is required in order for Cabinet to note or make appointments. You can use the board and committee appointment checklist to help you complete your submission or note.