The confidentiality of Cabinet’s deliberations is a fundamental principle of the Westminster system of government. It enables free and frank discussions amongst ministers and underpins the principle of Cabinet solidarity.

Any breaches of confidentiality or security must be reported to your responsible line manager, who should report the breach to an appropriate executive or Cabinet Office. Breaches are taken seriously, reported to the appropriate authority and investigated thoroughly.

Cabinet papers, in both final and draft form, must be stored securely and must never be emailed outside the government email network or stored on non-government devices.

Cabinet papers and attachments should be classified with the correct information asset classification (for example at a minimum, Sensitive: SA Cabinet-I2-A2 which is pre-populated on the submission and note templates). The ‘Protected’ classification should be used in addition to the Sensitive classification where appropriate. The classification should also be used in the subject line of emails relating to Cabinet business and papers.

Accessing Cabinet Papers

Authorised users can access Cabinet papers through the electronic Cabinet database.

If you do not have access to the electronic Cabinet database, or are looking for historic papers, the following matrix provides guidance on accessing Cabinet Papers.

Decision matrix: disclosure of Cabinet documents (PDF, 22.2 KB)

The following documents provided further guidance on requesting copies of Cabinet documents.

Premier and Cabinet Circular 047 - Disclosure of Cabinet documents to investigative agencies (PDF, 144.2 KB)

Premier and Cabinet Circular 031 - Disclosure of Cabinet documents 10 years or older (PDF, 80.1 KB)