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    2.4 Cabinet Secretary (Secretariat)

    The role of the Cabinet Secretary is to manage and coordinate all procedural, operational and logistical services supporting Cabinet and its related functions, including Cabinet Committees. The Cabinet Secretary has a range of specific accountabilities:

    • to assist the Premier with the programming of Cabinet business and setting of agendas;
    • to attend Cabinet and record the decisions and minutes of meetings on behalf of the Premier;
    • to ensure that business presented to Cabinet conforms to the Premier's standards and requirements as detailed in the Cabinet Handbook;
    • to provide administrative, operational and other support for the Premier, Cabinet and Cabinet Committees;
    • to receive, process and distribute Cabinet documents to be considered by Cabinet and its Committees in a timely and secure manner;
    • to maintain a secure record of Cabinet documents and distribute Cabinet Decisions in a timely and secure manner;
    • to act as custodian of the Cabinet documents of the Government and previous Governments;
    • to liaise with and advise Ministers, departments and agencies on Cabinet operations and requirements;
    • to coordinate a forward legislation program for Government business; and
    • other duties as required by the Premier or the Chairperson of a Cabinet Committee.

    The Cabinet Secretary is accountable to the Premier as Chairperson of Cabinet and is responsible for ensuring that the Premier's standards and requirements for all Cabinet business are met by all agencies. The Cabinet Secretary attends Cabinet to record the decisions and collective minutes of meetings on behalf of the Premier.

    In supporting the operation of Cabinet, the Cabinet Secretary heads the Cabinet Secretariat in the Department of the Premier and Cabinet which assists in the delivery of support services.

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