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.

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)

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)

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)

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)

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

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)

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, 168.9 KB)

December 2019

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, 587.0 KB)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

August 2015

This circular relates to responsibility for construction procurement policy and application of the Project Implementation Process which is applicable by all agencies to every ‘prescribed construction project’ as defined by Regulations under the State Procurement Act 2004.

PC028 Construction Procurement Policy Project Implementation Process (PDF, 54.0 KB)

Revised August 2019

This Circular outlines the framework for Chief Executive performance management and development in the South Australian Public Sector for 2019-20.

PC029 Guidelines for the Chief Executive Performance Appraisal Process (PDF, 159.6 KB)

Chief Executive Performance Appraisal Process Timeframes

This document outlines the critical timeframes and responsibilities for the Chief Executive Performance Appraisal Process.

Timelines for the Chief Executive Performance Appraisal Process (PDF, 57.7 KB)

Chief Executive Performance Agreement Template

This template should be used when outlining the government and agency key priorities as agreed by the signatories. These priorities will provide the basis for the Chief Executive's formal performance appraisal at year’s end.

Chief Executive Performance Agreement template 2019-20 - Standard template (non SMC chief executives) (DOCX, 41.7 KB)

Chief Executive Performance Agreement template 2019-20 - SMC chief executives (DOCX, 43.9 KB)

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)

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)

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)

Updated June 2019

This circular which relates to the application of the South Australia Industry Participation Policy is to be rescinded as it has been superseded by a separate policy document and associated Procedural Guidelines established under the Industry Advocate Act 2017.

PC033 Industry Participation Policy (PDF, 320.3 KB)

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)

Revised February 2020

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, 672.6 KB)

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

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

Updated March 2020

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, 500.0 KB)

PC114 Schedule D Template (DOCX, 20.1 KB)