There are a number of steps to lodge a Cabinet paper. These vary depending on the type of paper and whether it is lodged on time (lodged in normal timeframes), lodged late, or ‘walked-in’.

View the Cabinet Document Process flowchart for a step by step overview of the Cabinet process.

Cabinet Document Process Flowchart (PDF, 133.5 KB)

Step 1

For most items, the first step is to have the item approved for inclusion on the Cabinet forward agenda. See Authority to lodge.

Step 2

Draft and seek consultation on your Cabinet paper. See Preparation and Consultation in Writing a Cabinet Paper.

Step 3

For all submissions except appointments

Obtain a Cabinet Office comment and DTF costing comment on the final version of your submission. You should allow a minimum of seven business days for the comments.

Email to obtain a Cabinet Office comment. Contact your finance area (who will verify the costings and contact the relevant DTF account manager) to obtain a DTF costing comment.See the Cabinet Office comments and DTF costing comments section in Writing a Cabinet paper.

For appointment submissions

Submit a draft version of the submission to Cabinet Office for informal review. Cabinet Office will review and advise of any required amendments to meet Executive Council or government board requirements. Formal Cabinet Office and DTF costing comments are not required for appointment items.

Email for informal review.

For notes

Formal Cabinet Office and DTF costing comments are not issued, although if you believe your note may be particularly sensitive or controversial, it is worth advising your Cabinet Office contact.

Step 4

The fourth step is to provide the draft Cabinet paper, Cabinet Office comment and DTF costing comments (where relevant), and any supporting documentation to the minister’s office. It is generally the case that all Cabinet papers must be approved by the relevant chief executive before they are provided to a minister’s office.

Step 5

The final step is to lodge the submission or note and supporting documentation with Cabinet Office. This is done by the minister’s office.