On these pages you’ll find more information about Cabinet meetings, including what should go to Cabinet, how to get an item on the Cabinet agenda and who to contact for more information.
Cabinet is a key decision making body of the government and meets twice a week, on Monday and Thursday. It considers strategic and significant matters, legislative changes, intergovernmental matters and some administrative matters. Cabinet approval is also required for any item that must be approved by His Excellency the Governor in Executive Council.
An item can be brought to Cabinet as a submission, a note or a strategic discussion, depending on what Cabinet is being asked to do.
If Cabinet is being asked to approve something (e.g. for the government to enter into a contract, make a legislative change, make an appointment, etc.), it must be lodged as a Cabinet submission for a Monday Cabinet.
If Cabinet is being asked to note something (e.g. the government’s position on a Private Members' Bill or the release of a significant public report, etc.), it must be lodged as a Cabinet note for a Monday Cabinet.
If Cabinet is not being asked to either approve or note something, but to discuss an issue, the item could be submitted as a strategic discussion item for a Thursday Cabinet. Alternatively, the item could initially be considered by a Cabinet committee ahead of Cabinet’s consideration.
Cabinet will make a decision on each of the recommendations of a submission. Cabinet may:
- Approve the recommendations as written
- Approve the recommendations with some alterations
- Refer the submission back to the minister for a range of actions
- Defer the submission until a later date
- Reject the submission.
Cabinet notes may be “noted”, “not noted”, “noted as amended” or “deferred”. Cabinet does not make a decision on strategic discussion items.
The first Cabinet meeting for 2019 is scheduled for Monday 14 January 2019.The deadline to lodge Cabinet documents for the first meeting is 2pm, Monday 7 January 2019 instead of 2pm Friday, 4 January 2019.
Acting Ministers’ List
Period of absence