Premier and Cabinet circulars are used to establish whole of government policies and often include an instruction or requirement to take specific action in the implementation of those policies.

Our Cabinet Coordination team can provide advice to government agencies on the development of new circulars before they are presented to Cabinet for consideration and approval.

Once a circular has been approved by Cabinet it must be followed by all government departments.

All Premier and Cabinet circulars have been made available for download from our website.

January 1989

Circular PC007 explains what steps should be taken if a threatening phone call is received or a suspicious article is found in the building or received in the post. It also gives you advice on how to liaise with the police.


Revised July 2006

This circular describes the history of the piping shrike as the state’s emblem and official symbol, and outlines the policy governing its use.


Revised June 2015

This circular relates to Cabinet policy on the arrangements by which brand and functional advertising is to be managed across-government agencies and statutory authorities.

DPC Circular 009 updated june 2015.pdf

Revised 6 February 2017

This circular is a Cabinet Instruction that contains the Information Privacy Principles (IPPs). The IPPs regulate the way South Australian Public Sector agencies collect, use, store and disclose personal information.

*Please note the addition of a new sub-clause (g) in Principles 8 and 10, which are subject to guidelines to be issued by the Minister. These guidelines are currently in development and agencies will be advised when they have been finalised and are issued for use. For further information, please refer to the State Records website.


Revised 13 August 2018

This circular provides the directions of the Premier in the preparation and publication of annual reports by General Government Sector agencies that present their reports to Parliament in South Australia. For these agencies, the use of the circular and the accompanying template are mandatory.

The circular continues the changes resulting from the reform of annual reporting undertaken in 2016-17 with some additional transparency requirements from the government.

Public Financial Corporations and Public Non Financial Corporations are not bound by PC013 but may choose to use the circular and template.

PC013 - Annual Reporting Requirements 2017-18 (334KB, PDF).

Templates, template instructions and additional resources are available from DPC Extra (StateNet access only) or by request to

To preview the template, please refer to the sample version (StateNet access only).

Revised December 2018

This circular provides guidelines for the preparation of reports to the Public Works Committee (PWC) and on the requirements for advising Cabinet of referrals to the PWC for projects valued over $15 million.


Revised September 2016

This circular is for the information of Ministers’ offices, Chief Executives and staff involved in appointments and payments to members of government appointed part-time boards and committees.


Revised June 2012

This circular sets out the policy adopted by Cabinet to govern office accommodation including the roles, responsibilities and procedures to be followed, and the issues to be considered for the planning, leasing, fitout, utilisation and management of office accommodation leased or owned by the South Australian Government.


December 2002

In order to ensure that safety and accessibility objectives are met, state agencies responsible for building assets are required to address safety and access issues in buildings by incorporating risk management strategies into building asset management plans for Crown buildings.


Revised October 2014

This circular outlines the government’s policy to improve the effectiveness of government boards and committees.

DPC Circular 22 - Establishment and governance requirements for government boards and committees.pdf

Revised February 2018

This circular outlines guidelines relating to advertising, promotion or implied endorsement of private-sector companies by the government. The guidelines aim to ensure the impartiality and transparency of government and to prevent implied or unintentional endorsement of private sector entities.


Revised February 2018

This circular outlines the policy for common branding. The key principle is that all government entities maintain a consistent and professional image, and are easily identifiable as belonging to the Government of South Australia. This policy aims to provide a unified approach to branding by all government entities. Clear and consistent branding enables the public to recognise South Australian Government activities. It improves service to the public by facilitating access to programs and services provided by the government.


Revised February 2018

This circular relates to the application of Brand South Australia to all interstate and overseas recruitment and employment advertising or promotion undertaken by government agencies.


December 2005

This circular prescribes a policy applying to all public authorities subject to the Public Finance and Audit Act 1987 for the public disclosure of certain contracts involving government expenditure and the sale of government assets, and for the management of contract information.


August 2015

This circular relates to responsibility for construction procurement policy and application of the Project Implementation Process which is applicable by all agencies to every ‘prescribed construction project’ as defined by Regulations under the State Procurement Act 2004.


Revised September 2018

This circular outlines the framework for Chief Executive performance reviews in the South Australian Public Sector for 2018-19.

PC029 - Guidelines for the Chief Executive Performance Appraisal Process.pdf

This document outlines the critical timeframes and responsibilities for the Chief Executive Performance Agreement.

Timelines for the Chief Executive Performance Appraisal Process 2018-19

This template should be used when outlining the government and agency key priorities as agreed by the signatories. These priorities will provide the basis for the Chief Executive's formal performance appraisal at year’s end.

Chief Executive Performance Agreement template 2018-19 - Standard template (non SMC chief executives)

Chief Executive Performance Agreement template 2018-19 - SMC chief executives

PC029 - Cabinet Submissions register.word

This document is an attachment to the Chief Executive Performance Agreement Template (Section C) on maintaining a register for Cabinet Submissions.

February 2012

This circular outlines the strategic approach approved by Cabinet for a whole-of-government protective security policy, based on the principles outlined within the Australian Government’s Protective Security Policy Framework.


Revised January 2013

Circular 31 contains the policy entitled Disclosure of Cabinet Documents 10 Years or Older. This policy allows selected Cabinet documents to be proactively disclosed on a government website and considered for release through the FOI process, if 10 years have passed since the end of the calendar year in which it came into existence. The Department of the Premier and Cabinet is assigned as the agency that will publish selected Cabinet documents online and deal with all FOI applications under the policy.


October 2014

The Lobbyist Code of Conduct has been designed to introduce greater accountability and transparency into the lobbying process and the interaction between lobbyists and the South Australian Government.

PC Circular 32 - Lobbyist Code of Conduct - October 2014 - CURRENT.pdf

Revised July 2018

This circular relates to the application of the South Australia Industry Participation Policy which is applicable by all agencies to all major government procurements and to private projects receiving significant government support.

PC033 Industry Participation Policy.pdf

October 2012

Under the Subordinate Legislation Act 1978, all subordinate legislation to be tabled in Parliament is referred to the Legislative Review Committee for consideration. The Committee relies on written reports from agencies as the starting point for its examination of the legislation. Circular 34 contains guidelines for the content of agency reports to the Legislative Review Committee.


Revised November 2016

Circular 35 contains the policy entitled Proactive Disclosure of Regularly Requested Information. This policy requires certain State Government agencies to disclose to the public information that is regularly requested and released under the Freedom of Information Act 1992.  The information will be published on agency websites and includes details about the government’s expenditure on credit cards, mobile phones, capital works projects, consultants, and Ministers’ overseas travel.  It also includes agency gift registers and procurement policies and procedures.  Proactively publishing this information online ensures that it is shared with all members of the public. For more information, please contact State Records of South Australia.

PC035 Disclosure of Regularly Requested Information.pdf

An Information Sheet on PC035 is also available on the State Records of South Australia website.

September 2013

This circular provides advice on how government agencies can develop a best practice approach to community and stakeholder engagement.

PC036_Best practice community and stakeholder engagement.pdf

This circular relates to the application of the Guidelines for the Assessment of Unsolicited Proposals which are applicable to all Government agencies and all public authorities under the Public Finance and Audit Act 1997. The objective of the Guidelines is to provide a consistently applied framework for the assessment of unsolicited proposals that originate from a private entity (either for profit or not-for-profit) and are submitted to Government without formally being requested.

PC038_Unsolicited Proposals.pdf

This circular requires all South Australian public sector agencies to establish and maintain an effective complaint management system that conforms to the principles in the Australian/New Zealand Standard: Guidelines for Complaint Management in Organizations (AS/NZS10002:2014).

DPC Circular 039 Complaints Management.pdf

June 2017

This circular articulates the principles South Australian public sector agencies must adhere to when planning and booking air travel.

PC040 - Air Travel.pdf

This circular sets out the requirements for approval of 90-day projects in the South Australian public sector.

PC041 90 day projects in the SA public sector.pdf

January 2016

This circular addresses the requirements for Agencies to manage, report and respond to cyber security incidents in coordination with the Control Agency for ICT Failure.

PC042_Cyber Security Incident Management.pdf

November 2017

This circular outlines three new policy approaches that aim to improve Public Sector responsiveness and reduce unnecessary delays in relation to legal opinions and other (non-legal) consultancy reports, meetings, and correspondence.

PC043 - Public Sector Responsiveness.pdf

July 2017

The South Australian Funding Policy for the Not for Profit Sector aims to provide a simplified and consistent approach to funding that will make it easier for NFPs to apply for, manage, report on and acquit government funding. It also ensures that we capture learning and evidence that can be used to continually improve outcomes for South Australian communities.

PC044_South Australian Funding Policy for the Not for Profit Sector

September 2017

This circular requires agencies to publish information that has been released under freedom of information, providing the information is not related to a person’s personal affairs, is not exempt from disclosure, and would not cause harm to a person.

PC045 – Disclosure Logs for Non-Personal Information Released through Freedom of Information.pdf

August 2018

The South Australian Productivity Commission (the Commission), has been established to make recommendations to government to facilitate productivity growth, unlock new economic opportunities, support job creation and remove existing regulatory barriers.

This Circular sets out the Objects and Functions of the Commission, how inquiries are referred to the Commission, undertaken and reported on, and how the Commission and public sector agencies cooperate in support of the performance of the Commission’s functions.

PC046 - The South Australian Productivity Commission

Revised October 2010

This circular describes Cabinet policy on the utilisation, purchase and disposal of government real property (including Crown lands). This revised version came into effect as of 11 October 2010 and does not apply retrospectively to properties for which a contract of sale has been entered into as of that date.



Michael Brougham
Cabinet Coordination
Department of Premier and Cabinet
Phone: 08 8429 5107