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    1.5 Matters for consideration by Cabinet

    Unless otherwise determined by the Premier as the Chair of Cabinet, the following matters should be brought by Ministers for the consideration of Cabinet:

    • all significant or sensitive policy issues, whether originating within the government or from discussions with other governments, including new policy development, and variations to existing policies;
    • reports outlining the implementation of Cabinet decisions and key government commitments;
    • proposed discussion papers for public consultation (Green Papers) and major policy statements of government (White Papers);
    • proposed major policy reviews that will require consultation within the public sector or with non-governmental organisations or that will absorb significant departmental resources;
    • matters that have a significant impact on either the public or private sectors;
    • matters that have a significant budgetary impact;
    • governmental or departmental negotiating positions on significant industrial relations issues;
    • matters likely to have a considerable impact on relations with Commonwealth, local and other State and Territory Governments, community groups, employer groups, the unions, or on community relations;
    • matters of an intergovernmental nature that may constrain the government's ability to develop or amend policy, eg. national policy strategies, interstate agreements, international treaties (particularly at the point when the Commonwealth proposes to sign, ratify or take any legally binding action on a treaty);
    • proposals that will require new or amending legislation, including Subordinate Legislation, that is significant in scope or of political or administrative importance;
    • proposed Subordinate Legislation (other than exempt Subordinate Legislation) not certified by the Office of the Queensland Parliamentary Counsel;
    • major issues to be discussed, or a report of significant outcomes agreed at Ministerial Council forums;
    • all appointments defined as "Significant Appointments" in Chapter 5.1.7 "Significant Appointment";
    • all contracts where the financial value of the contract exceeds the limit authorised by Cabinet from time to time (Cabinet does not become involved in the selection of a tenderer but may approve the framework for the letting of such contracts. Details of proposed contracts are submitted to Executive Council as Executive Council Minutes for the financial approval of the Governor in Council and presented in a summary list for signature);
    • significant portfolio policy announcements and politically sensitive Ministerial Statements to Parliament;
    • all whole-of-Government submissions to Queensland Parliamentary Committees or to Commonwealth inquiries and Parliamentary Committees and all Ministerial responses to the reports of Parliamentary Committees prior to their tabling in the Legislative Assembly;
    • proposed significant commercial activities or significant expansion of existing commercial activities;
    • government responses on Private Members' Bills;
    • the proposed public release of Consultation Regulatory Impact Statements (RIS) for regulatory proposals (except where Cabinet has already considered the policy issue and the relevant portfolio minister has determined that Cabinet approval for release is not required);
    • Decision RISs for regulatory proposals and the proposed public release of Decision RISs;
    • proposals that have significant national competition policy implications; and
    • all proposals for Public Private Partnerships with an expected capital value in excess of $30 M or a whole of life present value of $50 M.

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    Last updated:
    4 July, 2017
    Last reviewed:
    4 July, 2017