Strategic policy issues for Cabinet consideration are generally significant policy initiatives, particularly if the proposal has whole-of-government or cross-portfolio implications.

As a general rule, ministers should put before their colleagues the sorts of issues on which they themselves would wish to be consulted; matters of public interest, importance, or controversy.

The following is an indication of the kind of strategic issues that would normally require consideration by Cabinet:

  • issues relating to the delivery of the government’s priorities or commitments
  • significant or controversial policy issues
  • issues that are challenging to implement due to their complexity or timelines
  • significant or sensitive issues requiring extensive consultation within the public sector or with non-government organisations.