On some occasions, urgency may require that a matter be approved prior to the next scheduled meeting of Executive Council.

In such cases, the relevant minister must obtain the Premier’s agreement before seeking approval from the Governor, through Cabinet Office, to summon a special sitting of Executive Council. Ministers or their offices should not approach Government House directly.

To make a quorum the initiating minister will usually attend (to speak to the item) and organise the attendance of a second minister.