A Cabinet note is used to provide information to Cabinet and cannot be used where Cabinet approval is required.

The following must be noted by Cabinet:

  • progress of significant strategies or projects of importance to Cabinet, including election commitments
  • public release of significant reports (including submissions to inquiries – these should only be produced when there is a strategic advantage to the state)
  • outcome of travel by ministers (principles and reporting requirements can be found in the Premier's Guideline: Air Travel by Ministers and their Staff)
  • the government’s position on a Private Member’s Bill or motion, or amendments to a government Bill
  • early advice of significant emerging issues that need to be addressed or may require a change in policy direction for the government.

Generally, intergovernmental matters can be brought as a note, although in some cases – such as where the minister intends to signal South Australian participation in an intergovernmental agreement, particularly if there are costs involved – a Cabinet submission should be prepared. Cabinet Office can provide advice on a case-by-case basis to assist in determining if an intergovernmental matter should be a submission or a note.

Other items can also be noted by Cabinet. Whether a matter requires noting by Cabinet is a matter of judgement, taking into consideration if the matter is contentious or controversial, or has significant cross-portfolio implications. If the item is routine or straight forward then it may not be required to come to Cabinet.

Examples of items that do not need to be noted by Cabinet include advice of routine ministerial councils, the outcomes of ministerial councils if South Australia’s position was endorsed, or submissions to inquiries where they contain purely technical information or agency level commentary.

Contact Cabinet Office for guidance in determining whether an item needs to be noted by Cabinet.