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Cabinet Handbook examples

The following examples and templates have been prepared to show the correct style and layout of Cabinet documents.

Each example is available as a PDF version which provides guidance as to the content and layout, and each template as a Word version which can be used when preparing documentation.

If you have any questions about preparing documents for Cabinet, please contact the Cabinet Office:

Cabinet Office
Level 4, 15 Murray Street
Hobart 7000 TAS

Email: Cabinet.Office@dpac.tas.gov.au
Phone: 03 6270 5670

Example 1 - Cabinet Minute

A Cabinet Minute should be used when seeking Cabinet’s approval for a particular policy or course of action.  The Minute format ensures that all relevant and appropriate information is provided.

This document requires the use of the Cabinet Minute cover sheet.

Note: if you have trouble viewing the content of any of the templates, try turning on the paragraph marker in Word

You may also require the following attachments for your minute:

If your Cabinet Minute is requesting legislative drafting approval you must prepare an Initial Legislation Advisory for the PLP.  The following template provides a suggested format.

Example 2 - Information Briefing

An Information Briefing should be used when information is being provided for noting only.  Information Briefings should not seek approval or endorsement.

This document requires the use of the Cabinet Briefing cover sheet.

Note: if you have trouble viewing the content of any of the templates, try turning on the paragraph marker in Word

Example 3 - Board Appointment Briefing

Use a Board Appointment Briefing when seeking endorsement of proposed appointments to boards, authorities and committees.

Example 4 - Senior Appointment Briefing

Use a Senior Appointment Briefing when advising Cabinet of senior and statutory appointments to the State Service.

Example 5 - Final Bill Briefing

A Final Bill Briefing should be used when seeking endorsement of a Final Bill for introduction into the Parliament.

Example 6 - Committee Briefing

A Committee Briefing should be used when seeking endorsement of the Record of Decisions made by a Cabinet Committee.

Example 7 - Agency Comment

The Agency Comment format is used when providing an Agency’s response to a request for comment on a Cabinet Minute or briefing.

Example 8 - Committee Papers

A Committee Paper is required when issues are to be considered by a Cabinet Committee rather than full Cabinet.  This is a suggested format which may, if required, be amended to better suit particular issues.

Example 9 - Explanatory Note for Exec Council

An EXCO note is required to advise Cabinet about matters which require Executive Council approval but have not previously been considered by Cabinet.

Example 10 - Question on Notice

Suggested format for seeking Cabinet’s endorsement of a Minister’s proposed response to a Question on Notice.

Example 11 - Response to Petition

Suggested format for seeking Cabinet’s endorsement of a Minister’s proposed response to a Petition.