Series VPRS 11949
Register of Cabinet Decisions (FoI)
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Date Range: Series 1983 - ? 1992
  Series in Custody 1983 - 1988
  Contents 1983 - 1988
Public Access: Closed
Location: North Melbourne
Format of Records: Physical
 
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1983 - ? 1992 Cabinet Office [known as Cabinet & Executive Branch 1991-1992; Cabinet Secretariat 1992 - 2015] VA 2989
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1983 - cont Cabinet Office [known as Cabinet & Executive Branch 1991-1992; Cabinet Secretariat 1992 - 2015] VA 2989
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  • How to use the Records
    For records prior to January 1991

    If you do not know when a decision was made, consult VPRS 11950 Internal Index to Register of Cabinet Decisions (FoI) to identify the date and register number of the decision. Then consult the Consignment Details for this series (11949) and retrieve the unit covering the relevant date range.

    If you know when the decision was made, consult the Consignment Details for this series (VPRS 11949) and retrieve the unit covering the relevant date range. Then consult the index inside the front cover of the files to find the number of the decision and look at the decision of that number.

    For records January 1991 to September 1992

    The portion of the register covering this period is in the same unit has the index for the period. Consult the Consignment Details for VPRS 11950/P0002 and retrieve the relevant unit.

  • Function / Content
    This series comprises the register of Cabinet decisions required to be published under the Freedom of Information Act 1982. The portion of the series in custody comprises the extant portion of the register created by the Cain-Kirner government, 1983 to September 1992. Details of the register after September 1992 are subject to research.

    Section 10 (1) of the Act required the Premier to publish on a continuing basis a register containing:

    (a) details of the terms of all decisions made by the Cabinet
    (b) the reference number assigned to each such decision, and
    (c) the date on which the decision was made.

    Section 10 (2) stated that this information shall be entered on the register at the discretion of the Premier. The register was not a complete record of all decisions made by Cabinet or of the specifics of those decisions recorded in it. The complete record was made in VPRS 11948 Cabinet Record.

    The first entries in the register (VPRS 11949) date from the commencement of the Act in July 1983, there having been no prior requirement to release this information.

  • Recordkeeping System
    The register was originally kept in lever arch folders. The pages have since been removed and placed in boxes.

    Each unit was divided into a number of sections comprising:

    -- an index to the contents of the unit, and
    -- monthly sections containing each decision for that month. Until April 1986 each new decision was recorded a new page.

    Decisions were recorded in decision number order. The number utilised a dual numbering system which identified the month and the decision made within the month. Examples:

    -- 1.1 represented the first decision made in July 1983
    -- 26.9 represented the ninth decision made in August 1985 (i.e. the 26 month after the commencement of the register).

    Two indexes, one being internal and the other a published index, provided access to entries in the Register. The FoI Internal Index (VPRS 11950) recorded, for each register entry: FoI Register number, meeting number, meeting date, decision number (from VPRS 11948) and title. The FoI Published Index recorded for each register entry: FoI Register number, meeting date, title and the date when the decision could be released.

    It appears that a copy of the Published Index was meant to be included in the front cover of each unit of the FoI Register, and in most units there is a copy of the relevant portion of the Published Index. However in some units a portion of the Internal Index is present instead.

    The portion of the register for January 1991 to September 1992 was found in the same unit as the master copy of the internal index for the same period. It has not been removed, and so can be found in VPRS 11950/P0002.

    Cabinet Office procedures for compiling the FoI Register and indexes can be found in VPRS 11950/P0001and P0002.

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Consignment Number Contents Date Range Public Access No. of Units
P0001 1983 - 1988 Closed 5
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