Series VPRS 11950
Internal Index to Register of Cabinet Decisions (FoI)
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Date Range: Series 1983 - ? 1992
  Series in Custody 1983 - 1992
  Contents 1983 - 1992
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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  • How to use the Records
    Use this series to identify and locate all records in VPRS 11949 Register of Cabinet Decisions (FoI) and some records in VPRS 11948 Cabinet Record.

    1. Estimate when a decision would have been made and search or browse the Consignment Details for this series (11950) to identify the unit that covers that date. Retrieve the unit and find the decision in the index, which is divided into monthly sections. Note that date, the FoI number (for VPRS 11949) and the decision number (for VPRS 11948).

    2. Search or browse the Consignment Details for VPRS 11949 and VPRS 11948 to identify the units that include the date concerned. Retrieve the units and look up the numbers you have identified.

    Note that the portion of VPRS 11949 that covers January 1991 to September 1992 is included with the index covering the same period in this series (VPRS 11950).

  • Function / Content
    This series indexed the Register of Cabinet Decisions that was required to be published under the Freedom of Information Act 1982. The series also cross-referenced FoI register numbers with full Cabinet Record decision numbers. The FoI register comprises VPRS 11949 Register of Cabinet Decisions (FoI), while the full Cabinet record comprises VPRS 11948 Cabinet Record.

    The portion of VPRS 11950 in custody comprises the extant portion of the index created under the Cain-Kirner government, 1983 to September 1992. Details of the index 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) and this series (VPRS 11950) date from the commencement of the Act in July 1983, there having been no prior requirement to release this information.

    This index (VPRS 11950) was created by the Cabinet Office, who compiled the FoI Register on behalf of the Premier. It contained index information which was additional to that included in the published index to the Register. It also contained procedures, apparently dated about mid-1988, for compiling the Register.

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

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

    -- 1.1 represents the first decision made in July 1983
    -- 26.9 represents 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 (this series -- 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 FoI register for January 1991 to September 1992 was found in the same unit as the master copy of the internal index (this series) for the same period. It has not been removed, and so can be found in VPRS 11950/P0002.

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1983 - ? 1992 Register of Cabinet Decisions (FoI) VPRS 11949
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P0001 1983 - 1988 Closed 1
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