Cabinet meetings, items and information on processes
Cabinet meeting dates
- the last Cabinet meeting for 2017 is Thursday, 14 December 2017
- the last Executive Council meeting for 2017 is Tuesday, 19 December 2017
- the first Cabinet meeting for 2018 is Thursday, 18 January 2018
- the first Executive Council meeting for 2018 is Tuesday, 23 January 2018.
Acting Minister list
The acting Minister list - provides dates of absence, affected portfolios and the acting Minister.
Information on Cabinet processes
Cabinet documents are considered the property of the government of the day and must be held securely and separate from other working documents of government. Confidentiality is crucial at every stage of Cabinet’s operations.
Cabinet documents, both in draft and final form, can only be shared with those with the authority and the need to view them. Physical and electronic Cabinet documents must be stored in secure locations and should not be emailed outside the government email network. Cabinet documents should be classified with the correct information asset classification.
Any breaches of confidentiality or security (purposeful or inadvertent) must be reported to the responsible line manager. The line manager should then report the breach to an appropriate executive or contact Cabinet Office.
Appendix A in Cabinet Guide 6 shows the timelines for lodging and processing Cabinet submissions, Cabinet sub-committee submissions, and Cabinet notes. All proposals must be lodged eight days before the relevant Cabinet meeting.
Late, walked-in, or locked submissions and notes must be accompanied by the late, walked-in and locked request form and approved by the Premier’s Chief of Staff . Requests will only be approved where the need for earlier consideration is clear and unavoidable.
Withdrawal of submissions or notes can only be done with the authorisation of the submitting Cabinet Minister. A brief explanation for withdrawal must be emailed to Cabinet Coordination.
More comprehensive information on Cabinet processes can be found in Cabinet Guide 6: Cabinet Processes.
At the Cabinet meeting, each Cabinet document will be considered. Cabinet will make a decision on each of the recommendations; it is important to note that the only part of the submission taken to be approved is the recommendations. Cabinet may:
- approve the recommendations as written
- approve the recommendations with some alterations, which will be written on the submission
- refer the submission back to the Minister for a range of actions
- reject the submission
- defer a decision on the submission until a later date.
Cabinet notes may be “noted”, “not noted”, “noted as amended” or “deferred”.
Cabinet decisions are recorded on the Electronic Cabinet Online (ECO) system as soon as possible once the Cabinet meeting has commenced or as directed by the Premier or Chair of the meeting.
Authorised ECO users are notified of the availability of the decisions of Cabinet and can view the decisions, via ECO, as soon as possible following the Cabinet meeting.
Cabinet Office is regarded as the custodian, but not the owner, of Cabinet documents. Ministers are responsible for holding and storing original Cabinet documents. Requests for access to, or copies of, documents are normally referred in the first instance to the originating Cabinet Minister.
Members of the public can access Cabinet documents over ten years old through freedom of information arrangements.