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    9.2 National Cabinet

    National Cabinet comprises the Prime Minister of Australia (Chair) and the Premiers and Chief Ministers of all Australian states and territories. The Premier represents Queensland on the National Cabinet.

    National Cabinet is established as a Federal Cabinet Committee and operates under Cabinet rules in accordance with the Federal Cabinet Handbook.

    9.2.1 Queensland’s membership

    Queensland’s participation in National Cabinet does not derogate from the sovereign authority and powers of the Queensland Government.

    The Premier is Queensland’s representative on National Cabinet. In the Premier’s absence, the acting Premier may represent Queensland as needed.

    9.2.2 National Cabinet information security

    All proceedings and documentation of National Cabinet remain strictly confidential.

    The information security of National Cabinet must operate in accordance with the Australian Government’s Protective Security Policy Framework.

    The Federal Cabinet Handbook 14th Edition specifies handling requirements for National Cabinet documents. All information and materials prepared for National Cabinet are to be handled in accordance with these requirements.

    All documents and associated records prepared for National Cabinet are to be marked “NATIONAL CABINET” and carry a sensitivity classification of ‘OFFICIAL: SENSITIVE’ or a security classification of ‘PROTECTED’ or higher.

    Agency officials are accountable for the security of National Cabinet information held within the respective portfolio and agencies and must ensure the appropriate level security clearance is held for access to relevant sensitive and security classified information. Individuals who share National Cabinet documents within their jurisdiction must ensure recipients are made aware of how to handle National Cabinet documents and their obligations.

        Sensitive Information Security classified information
    Classification OFFICIAL OFFICIAL: Sensitive PROTECTED SECRET TOP SECRET
    Personnel security clearance required for ongoing access Security clearance not required (Employment screening is sufficient). Security clearance not required (Employment screening is sufficient). Baseline security clearance or above Negative Vetting 1 security clearance or above Negative Vetting 2 security clearance or above

    In addition to security clearance requirements, to reduce the risk of unauthorised disclosure, access to sensitive and security classified information is only to be provided on a ‘need-to-know’ basis.

    All possible security breaches must be reported to the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (Commonwealth) via Intergovernmental Relations, Policy Division, Department of the Premier and Cabinet (DPC). Failure to adhere to security requirements may result in a security breach, removal from the system, or other sanctions as applicable under the Crimes Act 1995 (Cth) and other relevant legislation.

    Access to National Cabinet-related documents, is managed by Intergovernmental Relations, DPC.

    9.2.3 National Cabinet coordination

    The Policy Division in DPC coordinates the Premier’s participation at National Cabinet.

    Information prepared for, and considered by, National Cabinet may be provided to Queensland Government officials to support the briefing process, subject to information security protocols above.

    National Cabinet information marked ‘OFFICIAL’ or ‘OFFICIAL: SENSITIVE’ may be distributed externally to portfolio agencies with approval of the Executive Director, Intergovernmental Relations, DPC. This information must only be shared on a strict need-to-know basis. It is the responsibility of the officer sharing the information to ensure the recipient understands the relevant information security handling requirements.

    9.2.4 National Cabinet decisions and implementation

    National Cabinet does not operate on a consensus decision making basis and Queensland’s participation in National Cabinet does not derogate from Queensland’s sovereign authority and powers. This means National Cabinet members are not bound to decisions to which they have not agreed.

    The Director-General, DPC, or their delegate, will advise relevant agency Directors-General and Chief Executive Officers of National Cabinet decisions and outcomes relevant to their agency and advise of any implementation requirements.

    The Premier will update relevant Ministers on National Cabinet decisions impacting their portfolio as required. Agencies are responsible for tracking the implementation of decisions for which they have been assigned implementation responsibility.

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    Last updated:
    26 May, 2021
    Last reviewed:
    25 May, 2021