The Cabinet Document Guideline provides general advice on the use of the Cabinet documents exemption in clause 1 of Schedule 1 to the Freedom of Information Act 1991 (FOI Act).

This guideline includes information about the following:

  • discussion of all parts of the exemption;
  • the kinds of documents that may not be captured by the Cabinet documents exemption;
  • ministerial certification that Cabinet has approved a Cabinet document for release under FOI; and
  • Department of the Premier & Cabinet Circular PC031 – Disclosure of Cabinet Documents 10 Years or Older policy.

Some of the information in this guideline can also be found in Cabinet Guide Number 6 published by the Cabinet Office for the purpose of advising government agencies about the Cabinet process.

Page last updated: 25 October 2023