The Premier determines the business list for the next Cabinet meeting usually on the preceding Monday afternoon. At this time the Premier considers Cabinet submissions proposed in the Cabinet timetable as well as briefing material from the Department of the Premier and Cabinet. Following the determination of the business list, the Department of the Premier and Cabinet will contact those departments proposing submissions for the next meeting and notify them of the outcome.
On receipt of advice from the Department of the Premier and Cabinet that a submission is included on the business list, departments can proceed with lodgement of the signed final Cabinet submission with Cabinet Secretariat. Refer to Chapter 4.4 "Lodgement process for Cabinet submissions".
On an exception basis, Ministers may seek the Premier’s approval to delay consideration after the agenda is finalised.
For the determination of business lists for Cabinet Committees refer to Chapter 3.1.2 "Cabinet Budget Review Committee meeting scheduling, business list and briefing information"
The setting of the business list for Cabinet meetings as described above allows the Premier to plan the agenda for the next Cabinet meeting and also facilitates orderly planning of the Government's forward agenda.
Although urgent and unavoidable matters may arise which necessitate the removal of proposed Cabinet submissions from the business list, this should be kept to an absolute minimum.
If an agency needs to remove a proposed submission from the Cabinet forward timetable, removal must occur at least 10 days prior to the Cabinet meeting. However, removal of a submission from the timetable less than 10 days before the meeting will require the Premier's approval of a written request from the Minister outlining the reasons for the proposal removal.