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6.1.1 While all documents are submitted to Cabinet by Ministers, it is sometimes necessary to contact the originating officer in order to clarify issues relating to processing, scheduling or consultation. The responsible officer’s contact details (business card or similar) should be included when submissions are forwarded to the Cabinet Office.
6.2.1 The Ten Day Rule (see Section 6.3) applies to all Cabinet submissions except:
6.2.2 When the Cabinet Office is notified of submissions by close of business on Tuesday they will be listed for consideration at the following Cabinet meeting.
6.3.1 Subject to Section 6.2, all Cabinet Submissions should be lodged with the Cabinet Office, following signing by the sponsoring Minister(s), at least 10 full working days prior to the date on which they are to be considered by Cabinet. (This is referred to as the "Ten Day Rule").
6.3.2 Ten working days is considered to be the minimum reasonable period in which to:
6.3.3 From time to time, unforeseen critical issues arise which require consideration by Cabinet within the usual 10 day period. When such a situation arises the Minister responsible is to write to the Premier requesting that the Ten Day Rule be waived and setting out clearly the reasons why urgent consideration is necessary. Only the Premier may approve waiving the Ten Day Rule, thus allowing earlier consideration (this is known as “under the line”).
6.3.4 The Cabinet Office should be advised as soon as it is known that Cabinet may need to consider an issue under the line, preferably no later than close of business on the Tuesday preceding the Cabinet meeting. Early notification to Cabinet Office simplifies finalisation of the agenda for distribution to Ministers prior to the Cabinet meeting.6.3.5 Due to the obvious time constraints, a Submission which does not comply with the Ten Day Rule may not be circulated for formal consultation comment to agencies which may have an interest in the matter. However the Cabinet Office will request an assessment of the submission from the Department of Premier and Cabinet and from the Department of Treasury and Finance. These agencies may well comment on the advisability of further consultation prior to a final Cabinet Decision.
6.4.1 Upon receipt in the Cabinet Office, Submissions are checked to ensure that:
6.4.2 Checking of other matters such as the accuracy of information, spelling, grammar etc. is the responsibility of those preparing the Submission.
6.4.3 The Cabinet Office has a responsibility to ensure, as far as possible, that submissions meet the minimum quality standards set out in this Handbook. Sub-standard submissions may be returned to Ministerial Offices or originating agencies for correction prior to their listing on an agenda.