Premier and Cabinet circulars are used to establish whole of government policies and often include an instruction or requirement to take specific action in the implementation of those policies.

Our Cabinet Coordination team can provide advice to government agencies on the development of new circulars before they are presented to Cabinet for consideration and approval.

Once a circular has been approved by Cabinet it must be followed by all government departments.

All Premier and Cabinet circulars have been made available for download from our website.

  • PC007 Security – Opening of Mail and Bomb Threat Calls

    January 1989

    Circular PC007 explains what steps should be taken if a threatening phone call is received or a suspicious article is found in the building or received in the post. It also gives you advice on how to liaise with the police.

    PC007 Security (PDF, 153.6 KB)

  • PC008 Use of the Piping Shrike

    Revised July 2006

    This circular describes the history of the piping shrike as the state’s emblem and official symbol, and outlines the policy governing its use.

    PC008 Piping Shrike (PDF, 64.9 KB)

  • PC009 The Master Media Scheme for Government Advertising

    Revised March 2019

    This circular relates to Cabinet policy on the arrangements by which brand and functional advertising is to be managed across-government agencies and statutory authorities.

    DPC Circular 009 (PDF, 193.8 KB)

  • PC012 Information Privacy Principles (IPPS) Instructions

    Revised 6 February 2017

    This circular is a Cabinet Instruction that contains the Information Privacy Principles (IPPs). The IPPs regulate the way South Australian Public Sector agencies collect, use, store and disclose personal information.

    *Please note the addition of a new sub-clause (g) in Principles 8 and 10, which are subject to guidelines to be issued by the Minister. These guidelines are currently in development and agencies will be advised when they have been finalised and are issued for use. For further information, please refer to the State Records website.

    PC012 Privacy (PDF, 229.9 KB)

  • PC013 Annual Reporting Requirements

    Revised 21 May 2019

    This circular provides the directions of the Premier in the preparation and publication of annual reports by General Government Sector agencies that present their reports to Parliament in South Australia. For these agencies, the use of the circular and the accompanying template are mandatory.

    Public Financial Corporations and Public Non Financial Corporations are not bound by PC013 but may choose to use the circular and template.

    PC013 Annual Reporting Requirements 2018-19 (PDF, 738.2 KB)

    Annual Report Template 2018-19 (DOCX, 122.4 KB)

    The template, FAQs and additional resources are available from SA GOV EXTRA (StateNet access only) or by request to

  • PC015 Procedures for submissions seeking the review of Public Works by the Public Works Committee

    Revised December 2018

    This circular provides guidelines for the preparation of reports to the Public Works Committee (PWC) and on the requirements for advising Cabinet of referrals to the PWC for projects valued over $15 million.

    PC015 Public-Works (PDF, 203.2 KB)

  • PC016 Remuneration for Government Appointed Part-time Boards and Committees

    Revised September 2016

    This circular is for the information of Ministers’ offices, Chief Executives and staff involved in appointments and payments to members of government appointed part-time boards and committees.

    PC016 Remuneration (PDF, 426.6 KB)

  • PC017 Legal Services Commission of South Australia - Remission of Fees

    October 2001

    A general Direction in relation to the remission of fees payable to the Crown and the free supply of copies of official documents in connection with professional work carried out by or for the Legal Services Commission of South Australia.

    This circular was formerly issued in April 1980 as DPC Circular 78 and supersedes a direction from the former Attorney-General contained in a minute to all Ministers dated 12th February, 1979.

    PC017 Remission (PDF, 122.8 KB)

  • PC018 Government Office Accommodation Framework

    Revised February 2019

    This circular sets out the policy adopted by Cabinet to govern office accommodation including the roles, responsibilities and procedures to be followed, and the issues to be considered for the planning, leasing, fitout, utilisation and management of office accommodation leased or owned by the South Australian Government.

    PC018 Government Accommodation (PDF, 188.2 KB)

  • PC020 Upgrading of Safety and Access in Crown Buildings

    December 2002

    In order to ensure that safety and accessibility objectives are met, state agencies responsible for building assets are required to address safety and access issues in buildings by incorporating risk management strategies into building asset management plans for Crown buildings.

    PC020 Safety (PDF, 114.2 KB)

  • PC022 Improving the Effectiveness of Government Boards and Committees

    Revised October 2014

    This circular outlines the government’s policy to improve the effectiveness of government boards and committees.

    DPC Circular 22 Establishment and governance requirements for government boards and committees (PDF, 339.4 KB)

  • PC025 Common Branding Policy for the Government of South Australia

    Revised February 2018

    This circular outlines the policy for common branding. The key principle is that all government entities maintain a consistent and professional image, and are easily identifiable as belonging to the Government of South Australia. This policy aims to provide a unified approach to branding by all government entities. Clear and consistent branding enables the public to recognise South Australian Government activities. It improves service to the public by facilitating access to programs and services provided by the government.

    PC025 Common Branding (PDF, 202.6 KB)

  • PC027 Disclosure of Government Contracts

    December 2005

    This circular prescribes a policy applying to all public authorities subject to the Public Finance and Audit Act 1987 for the public disclosure of certain contracts involving government expenditure and the sale of government assets, and for the management of contract information.

    PC027 Government Contracts (PDF, 304.8 KB)

  • PC030 Protective Security Policy Framework

    February 2012

    This circular outlines the strategic approach approved by Cabinet for a whole-of-government protective security policy, based on the principles outlined within the Australian Government’s Protective Security Policy Framework.

    The circular is currently under review, to be completed in early 2020. For further advice contact:

    James Doherty
    Senior Policy Officer, Security and Emergency Management
    Department of the Premier and Cabinet
    Phone: 0447 180 915

    PC030 Protective Security (PDF, 406.1 KB)

  • PC031 Disclosure of Cabinet Documents 10 Years or Older

    Revised January 2013

    Circular 31 contains the policy entitled Disclosure of Cabinet Documents 10 Years or Older. This policy allows selected Cabinet documents to be proactively disclosed on a government website and considered for release through the FOI process, if 10 years have passed since the end of the calendar year in which it came into existence. The Department of the Premier and Cabinet is assigned as the agency that will publish selected Cabinet documents online and deal with all FOI applications under the policy.

    PC031 FOI 10 Years (PDF, 80.1 KB)

  • PC032 Lobbyist Code of Conduct

    October 2014

    The Lobbyist Code of Conduct has been designed to introduce greater accountability and transparency into the lobbying process and the interaction between lobbyists and the South Australian Government.

    PC Circular 32 Lobbyist Code of Conduct (PDF, 267.5 KB)

  • PC033 Industry Participation Policy

    Updated June 2019

    This circular relates to the application of the South Australia Industry Participation Policy which is applicable by all agencies to all major government procurements and to private projects receiving significant government support.

    PC033 Industry Participation Policy (PDF, 320.3 KB)

  • PC034 Procedures in relation to the referral of subordinate legislation to the Legislative Review Committee

    Updated June 2019

    Under the Subordinate Legislation Act 1978, all subordinate legislation to be tabled in Parliament is referred to the Legislative Review Committee for consideration. The Committee relies on written reports from agencies as the starting point for its examination of the legislation. Circular 34 contains guidelines for the content of agency reports to the Legislative Review Committee.

    PC034 Legislative Review Committee (PDF, 332.6 KB)

  • PC035 Proactive Disclosure of Regularly Requested Information

    Revised November 2016

    Circular 35 contains the policy entitled Proactive Disclosure of Regularly Requested Information. This policy requires certain State Government agencies to disclose to the public information that is regularly requested and released under the Freedom of Information Act 1992.  The information will be published on agency websites and includes details about the government’s expenditure on credit cards, mobile phones, capital works projects, consultants, and Ministers’ overseas travel.  It also includes agency gift registers and procurement policies and procedures.  Proactively publishing this information online ensures that it is shared with all members of the public. For more information, please contact State Records of South Australia.

    PC035 Disclosure of Regularly Requested Information (PDF, 364.0 KB)

    An Information Sheet on PC035 is also available on the State Records of South Australia website.

  • PC036 Best Practice Community and Stakeholder Engagement

    Updated June 2019

    This circular provides advice on how government agencies can develop a best practice approach to community and stakeholder engagement.

    PC036 Best practice community and stakeholder engagement (PDF, 195.6 KB)

  • PC038 Unsolicited Proposals

    This circular relates to the application of the Guidelines for the Assessment of Unsolicited Proposals which are applicable to all Government agencies and all public authorities under the Public Finance and Audit Act 1997. The objective of the Guidelines is to provide a consistently applied framework for the assessment of unsolicited proposals that originate from a private entity (either for profit or not-for-profit) and are submitted to Government without formally being requested.

    PC038 Unsolicited Proposals (PDF, 276.6 KB)

  • PC039 Complaint Management in the South Australian Public Sector

    Updated June 2019

    This circular requires all South Australian public sector agencies to establish and maintain an effective complaint management system that conforms to the principles in the Australian/New Zealand Standard: Guidelines for Complaint Management in Organizations (AS/NZS10002:2014).

    DPC Circular 039 Complaints Management (PDF, 129.5 KB)

  • PC040 Air Travel

    June 2017

    This circular articulates the principles South Australian public sector agencies must adhere to when planning and booking air travel.

    PC040 Air Travel (PDF, 229.3 KB)

  • PC041 90-Day Projects in the South Australian Public Sector

    This circular sets out the requirements for approval of 90-day projects in the South Australian public sector.

    PC041 90 day projects in the SA public sector (PDF, 1.7 MB)

  • PC042 Cyber Security Incident Management

    January 2016

    This circular addresses the requirements for Agencies to manage, report and respond to cyber security incidents in coordination with the Control Agency for ICT Failure.

    PC042 Cyber Security Incident Management (PDF, 331.3 KB)

  • PC043 Public Sector Responsiveness

    November 2017

    This circular outlines three new policy approaches that aim to improve Public Sector responsiveness and reduce unnecessary delays in relation to legal opinions and other (non-legal) consultancy reports, meetings, and correspondence.

    PC043 Public Sector Responsiveness (PDF, 99.4 KB)

  • PC044 South Australian Funding Policy for the Not for Profit Sector

    Updated June 2019

    The South Australian Funding Policy for the Not for Profit Sector aims to provide a simplified and consistent approach to funding that will make it easier for NFPs to apply for, manage, report on and acquit government funding. It also ensures that we capture learning and evidence that can be used to continually improve outcomes for South Australian communities.

    PC044 South Australian Funding Policy for the Not for Profit Sector (PDF, 133.7 KB)

  • PC045 Disclosure Logs for Non-Personal Information Released through Freedom of Information

    September 2017

    This circular requires agencies to publish information that has been released under freedom of information, providing the information is not related to a person’s personal affairs, is not exempt from disclosure, and would not cause harm to a person.

    PC045 Disclosure Logs for Non-Personal Information Released through Freedom of Information (PDF, 311.1 KB)

  • PC046 The South Australian Productivity Commission

    August 2018

    The South Australian Productivity Commission (the Commission), has been established to make recommendations to government to facilitate productivity growth, unlock new economic opportunities, support job creation and remove existing regulatory barriers.

    This Circular sets out the Objects and Functions of the Commission, how inquiries are referred to the Commission, undertaken and reported on, and how the Commission and public sector agencies cooperate in support of the performance of the Commission’s functions.

    PC046 The South Australian Productivity Commission (PDF, 504.7 KB)

  • PC047 Disclosure of Cabinet documents to investigative agencies

    March 2019

    This circular provides guidance on the disclosure of Cabinet documents to the Auditor-General and other investigative agencies.

    PC047 Disclosure of Cabinet documents to investigative agencies (PDF, 144.2 KB)

  • PC048 Communications Approval Process for the Government of South Australia

    July 2019

    This circular outlines the policy for the mandatory approval process for the communications activities undertaken by the Government of South Australia.

    PC048 Communications Approval Process for the Government of South Australia
    (PDF, 282.4 KB)

  • PC114 Government Real Property Management

    Updated June 2019

    This circular describes Cabinet policy on the utilisation, purchase and disposal of government real property (including Crown Lands). This revised version came into effect as of 29 April 2019 and does not apply retrospectively to properties for which a contract of sale has been entered into as of that date.

    PC114 Property Management (PDF, 974.7 KB)

    PC114 Schedule D Template (DOCX, 20.1 KB)