Series VPRS 11953
Cabinet Handbook
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Date Range: Series 1982 - cont
  Series in Custody 1982 - 1997
  Contents 1982 - 1997
Public Access: Closed
Location: North Melbourne
Format of Records: Physical
 
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1982 - 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
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  • Function / Content
    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.

    The Cabinet Handbook was issued by the Cabinet Office to all Government Departments and other agencies for the information of officers who were involved in handling Cabinet matters. The first edition is thought to have been issued in 1982.

    The Handbooks:

    -- outlined the process by which matters were brought to Cabinet and various protocols and conventions which governed the process

    -- detailed the documentation requirements for preparing submissions to Cabinet, procedures for maintaining Cabinet confidentiality and the sequence of events for bringing matters onto the Cabinet agenda

    -- outlined processes for the development of legislation and its consideration by Cabinet and Parliament

    -- explained the roles of Cabinet, the Cabinet Office and Department of the Premier and Cabinet, the Chief Parliamentary Counsel's Office, the political party in power and the Parliament in the legislative process and provided definitions of terminology relating to Parliament and the passage of legislation through it.

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