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Caretaker conventions

By convention, during the period preceding a general election for the House of Assembly, the government assumes a ‘caretaker role’.

The caretaker period recognises that:

  • With the expiration or dissolution of the House of Assembly, Executive Government cannot be held accountable for its decisions in the normal manner; and
  • Every general election carries the possibility of a change of government.

In general terms, the caretaker period begins at the time the House of Assembly is dissolved or expires and continues until the election result is clear or, if there is a change of government, until the new government is appointed.

Download a PDF version of the Caretaker conventions (PDF, 590 KB)