Series VPRS 11941
Submissions to the Rural Affairs Committee of Cabinet
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Date Range: Series 1985 - 1986
  Series in Custody 1985 - 1986
  Contents 1985 - 1986
Public Access: Closed
Location: North Melbourne
Format of Records: Physical
 
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1985 - 1986 Cabinet Office [known as Cabinet & Executive Branch 1991-1992; Cabinet Secretariat 1992 - 2015] VA 2989
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  • How to use the Records
    This series includes submissions to the Rural Affairs Committee of Cabinet from 1985 to 1986.

    Consult VPRS 11943 Register of Submissions to Cabinet Committees to identify the number of the submission that you require. Then search or browse the Consignment Details for this series (VPRS 11941) and retrieve the submission of that number.

    Alternatively, as the quantity of material is small, researchers will be able to browse through the papers to find relevant records.

  • Function / Content
    The Role of the Rural Affairs Committee of Cabinet

    It appears that Cabinet decided to establish the Rural Affairs Committee as a standing committee of Cabinet in 1985. The Committee's terms of reference are set out in the first submission in this series and were:

    -- to advise on measures for providing greater coordination of government services in rural areas and raising the prominence given to community services beyond farming

    -- to advise on the political implications of developments in rural areas

    -- to advise on ways of improving the targeting of government policies and strategies in rural Victoria

    -- to build on the recent initiative of the Government in setting up a Rural Affairs Office in the Department of Agriculture and Rural Affairs

    -- to advise on ways of improving relations with other levels of government in relation to rural Victoria.

    The Committee continued to operate until 1988 and was replaced a Rural Affairs, Conservation and Environment Committee of Cabinet.

    Cabinet Recordkeeping prior to 1982

    Although a system of Cabinet Government is thought to have operated in Victoria since the commencement of responsible government, very few records relating to Cabinet meetings prior to the 1980s are known to be extant and little is known about the record-keeping processes associated with Cabinet throughout this period. Apart from records of the Cabinet Sub-Committee for Commonwealth Celebrations 1901-1902, no records of Committees of Cabinet prior to 1982 are known to be in public custody. (See List of Holdings second edition, 1985, section 1.1.0).

    Cabinet and Cabinet Committee Recordkeeping from 1982

    In April 1982 a Labor Government was elected in Victoria. The new government formalised the Cabinet process and established a Cabinet Office within the Department of the Premier and Cabinet to operate as a Secretariat. For more information about the record keeping system used by the Cabinet Office refer to the series information for VPRS 11944 Master Copy of Cabinet and Cabinet Committee Submissions.

    The Labor government also established a number of standing and ad hoc committees which examined and reported to Cabinet on particular issues. Cabinet Committees used submissions as a means of bringing matters to Committee in a similar manner to the full Cabinet. Submissions were lodged with the Cabinet Office and distributed to Committee members prior to the meeting. The Cabinet Office also assisted in preparing agendas for Committees and recording their decisions, although the exact practice varied between different Committees. In many instances the deliberations of a Cabinet Committee were written into the form of a submission to the full Cabinet. These submissions may be found in VPRS 11944 Master Copy of Cabinet and Cabinet Committee Submissions.

    Subsequent Series

    In January 1987, as a result of the introduction of a computer system for registering Cabinet submissions, the practice of filing the submissions of each Committee separately was abandoned. Thereafter submissions to the Rural Affairs Committee and all other Committees were numbered and filed in the same sequence as submissions to the full Cabinet. They will therefore be found in VPRS 11944 Master Copy of Cabinet and Cabinet Committee Submissions. Committee submissions in VPRS 11944 were distinguished from full Cabinet submissions by the use of prefixes denoting the names of the Committees. The letters CR before a submission number denotes the Rural Affairs Committee. For further information about how to use VPRS 11944 Master Copy of Cabinet and Cabinet Committee Submissions refer to the series information for that series.

  • Recordkeeping System
    Until January 1987 submissions to Cabinet Committees were controlled by VPRS 11943 Register of Submissions to Cabinet Committees. The register allocated numbers from a separate sequence for each Committee. Each sequence began at 1, and roughly corresponded to the order in which the submissions were received by the Cabinet Office.

    Multiple, numbered copies of each submission and were made for distribution. At least one copy of each submission was retained and filed in numerical order within each sequence.

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Indexes and RegistersIndexes and Registers
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1985 - 1986 Register of Submissions to Cabinet Committees VPRS 11943
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- 1986 Cabinet and Cabinet Committee Submissions VPRS 11944
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Consignment Number Contents Date Range Public Access No. of Units
P0001 1985 - 1986 Closed 1
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1985 - 1986 Register of Submissions to Cabinet Committees VPRS 11943
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