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    9.5 Major new policy implementation, contracts or undertakings

    The broad rule is that governments should avoid implementing new policies, or entering into major contracts or undertakings during the caretaker period. This includes commitments which could bind an incoming government. Major contracts or undertakings should not be considered only in terms of monetary commitment but should also take into account other relevant factors such as the nature of the undertaking and the level of bipartisan support.

    Consistent with this requirement, major project approvals within government programs are normally deferred by Ministers.

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    Last updated:
    18 May, 2016
    Last reviewed:
    17 July, 2009