On these pages you’ll find more information about Cabinet meetings, including what should go to Cabinet, how to get an item on the Cabinet agenda and who to contact for more information.

Cabinet is a key decision making body of the government and meets twice a week, on Monday and Thursday. It considers strategic and significant matters, legislative changes, intergovernmental matters and some administrative matters. Cabinet approval is also required for any item that must be approved by His Excellency the Governor in Executive Council.

An item can be brought to Cabinet as a submission, a note or a strategic discussion, depending on what Cabinet is being asked to do.

If Cabinet is being asked to approve something (e.g. for the government to enter into a contract, make a legislative change, make an appointment, etc.), it must be lodged as a Cabinet submission for a Monday Cabinet.

If Cabinet is being asked to note something (e.g. the government’s position on a Private Members' Bill or the release of a significant public report, etc.), it must be lodged as a Cabinet note for a Monday Cabinet.

If Cabinet is not being asked to either approve or note something, but to discuss an issue, the item could be submitted as a strategic discussion item for a Thursday Cabinet. Alternatively, the item could initially be considered by a Cabinet committee ahead of Cabinet’s consideration.

Refer to What needs to go to Cabinet for further information about submissions, notes and strategic discussion items or download a template. You can also speak with your Portfolio Cabinet Officer.

Cabinet Decisions

Cabinet will make a decision on each of the recommendations of a submission. Cabinet may:

  • Approve the recommendations as written
  • Approve the recommendations with some alterations
  • Refer the submission back to the minister for a range of actions
  • Defer the submission until a later date
  • Reject the submission.

Cabinet notes may be “noted”, “not noted”, “noted as amended” or “deferred”. Cabinet does not make a decision on strategic discussion items.

Meeting Schedule

View the Cabinet and Executive Council Schedule for January to June 2019.

Acting Ministers’ List

Minister absent

Period of absence


Acting Minister/s

Hon. Steven Marshall MP19 January 2019 to 29 January 2019 inclusivePremierHon. Vickie Chapman MP
Hon. David Pisoni MP20 January 2019 to 30 January 2019 inclusiveIndustry and SkillsHon. David Ridgway MLC
Hon. John Gardner MP15 January 2019 until 18 January 2019 inclusiveEducationHon. Robert Lucas MLC