Cabinet is the Government’s central decision-making body.  It comprises 14 Ministers (including the Premier of South Australia) and has a collective responsibility to make decisions that are in the best strategic interest of the state.

What happens during Cabinet meetings?

Cabinet is chaired by the Premier and meets weekly.

Although the practice differs between administrations, it is the practice of our current government that our Chief Executive and the Chief of Staff to the Premier are present during Cabinet meetings.

Ministers bring proposals to Cabinet in the form of Cabinet submissions, which include a recommendation on the action they would like Cabinet to take.

Cabinet submissions cover a range of matters, including proposals to develop new policy or legislation, initiatives and public works with significant costs, major appointments, and partnership agreements for Commonwealth funding.

Our role in supporting Cabinet

Cabinet Office plays an important role in supporting the Premier as Chair of Cabinet.

The office is comprised of four teams:

  • Policy and Public Value
  • Security and Emergency Management
  • Performance Review
  • Cabinet Advice.

Our Policy and Public Value team is responsible for leading across government policy projects and major reform priorities of the Premier.

Security and Emergency Management works with agencies and Ministers on strategic security and emergency management policy matters.

Our Performance Review Unit provides line of site to the Premier on performance against key South Australian government priorities and commitments.

The Cabinet Advice team provides high level policy advice on issues of interest to the Premier and Cabinet Ministers and works in partnership with agencies to resolve complex policy challenges. Their Cabinet Coordination arm manages and coordinates services for the effective and efficient functioning of Cabinet and Executive Council.


Ruth Ambler
Executive Director
Cabinet Office
Department of the Premier and Cabinet
Phone: (08) 8429 5109