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Department of Premier and Cabinet

Agency preparations for after the election

Policy development

Agencies can, during the caretaker period, continue to work internally on proposals and policy development that could, if approved by the incoming government, be implemented after the election.

Particularly where a proposal is not controversial and is likely to proceed irrespective of the election outcome (for example, statutory reviews), agencies should take the necessary steps to ensure that they will be in a position to advise the incoming government on the proposal and, if approval is given to do so, to proceed to implement the proposal after the election.

Agencies should also prepare briefing papers and plans for the publicly announced policies and commitments made by the Government and the Opposition, to present, as appropriate, to incoming Ministers after the election.

Incoming Government 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 co-ordinates these briefings from a whole-of-government perspective.

Agencies should also prepare portfolio specific briefing packages for their new Minister, including the election commitment briefings referred to in paragraph 9.3.