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Financial entitlements

During the caretaker period, agency provision of entitlements for Ministers and their staff should be assessed on a case-by-case basis. Agencies should not cover claims relating to the election campaign or a political event, as these costs are to be borne by the respective political party. Examples of claims that would not be covered include requests for additional laptop computers or mobile telephones for Ministers or their staff unless there was a demonstrable official purpose.

Claims relating to the management of essential government business can be covered in the normal way; for example, to support Ministers attending Cabinet meetings or primarily in connection with their Ministerial duties.

In the case of claims that cover a combination of government and political business, partial reimbursement can be granted to cover government activities.

Government funded vehicles

Use of Ministerial cars and drivers, or other government vehicles by Ministers or other members of the Parliament remain available during the caretaker period for official purposes but not for private use.

State visits

The Premier will, if necessary, determine whether visits by foreign dignitaries involving government hospitality should proceed during the caretaker period. In any case, dignitaries whose visits are scheduled for the caretaker period or shortly afterwards should be advised of the election announcement and any changes in arrangements, including the reduced availability of Ministers and the possibility of a change of government. Details of any requests for Official Visits should be directed to the State Protocol Officer, Department of Premier and Cabinet.

Agency briefings

It is usual during the caretaker period for agencies to prepare briefing material for an incoming Premier on their composition, administration and major current issues. The Director, Policy Division, Department of Premier and Cabinet coordinates these briefings. Agencies should also prepare portfolio specific briefing packages for their new Minister.

Post election - Cabinet documents

Successive governments have accepted the convention that Ministers do not seek access to documents recording the deliberations of Ministers in previous governments. Cabinet documents, in particular, are considered confidential to the government that created them. In this context, if there is a change of government at an election, all Cabinet documents, including Agendas, Minutes and Decisions should be returned to the custody of the Cabinet Office.

The Manager, Cabinet Office issues further procedural guidelines on the handling of Cabinet documents once the result of the election is known.


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