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Cabinet Office Circulars

What is a Cabinet Office circular?

From time to time, the Cabinet Office issues circulars on matters which are of general interest to Ministers and departments. Cabinet Office circulars complement the Cabinet Manual and CabGuide, providing detailed guidance on central government processes. Circulars are incorporated into the Cabinet Manual or the CabGuide when the publications are updated.

Current Circulars

Cancelled Circulars

Below is a list of titles of the most recent cancelled circulars. This is not a complete list, and will be added to over time. Please contact the Cabinet Office on 04 471 9743 if you wish to receive a copy of one of these, or any other, cancelled circular.

  • CO (16) 1
    Cabinet Committees: Terms of Reference and Membership
  • CO (15) 6
    2016 Legislation Programme: Requirements for Submitting Bids
  • CO (15) 2
    Statutes Amendment Bill for 2015
  • CO (14) 9
    2015 Legislation Programme: Requirements for Submitting Bids
  • CO (14) 2
    Government Decisions and Actions in the Pre-election Period
  • CO (14) 1
    Cabinet Committees: Terms of Reference and Membership
  • CO (13) 5
    2014 Legislation Programme: Requirements for Submitting Bids
  • CO (13) 2
    Statutes Amendment Bill for 2013
  • CO (13) 1
    Cabinet Committees: Terms of Reference and Membership
  • CO (12) 8
    Cabinet Directions for the Conduct of Crown Legal Business 2012
  • CO (12) 5
    2013 Legislation Programme: Requirements for Submitting Bids
  • CO (12) 4
    Amended Standing Orders: Implications for First Reading Speeches
  • CO (12) 3
    National-led Administration: Consultation and Operating Arrangements
  • CO (12) 2
    Statutes Amendment Bill for 2012
  • CO (12) 1
    Cabinet Committees: Terms of Reference and Membership
  • CO (11) 11
    2012 Legislation Programme: Requirements for Submitting Bids
  • CO (11) 10
    Resumption of Cabinet Business
  • CO (11) 09
    Formation of a government - next steps
  • CO (11) 08
    Government decision making during the period of caretaker government
  • CO (11) 06
    Guidelines and Requirements for Proposals with Financial Implications
  • CO (11) 05
    Constitutional procedures after the election
  • CO (11) 04
    Management of parliamentary business after the dissolution of Parliament
  • CO (11) 03
    Cabinet Committee Membership: Update
  • CO (11) 02
    Government decisions and actions in the pre-election period
  • CO (11) 01
    Statutes Amendment Bill (No 3) for 2011
  • CO (10) 04
    2011 Legislation Programme: Requirements for Submitting Bids
  • CO (10) 03
    Cabinet Committee Membership: Update
  • CO (10) 02
    Capital Asset Management in Departments and Crown Entities: Expectations
  • CO (10) 01
    Statutes Amendment Bill (No 2) for 2010
  • CO (09) 08
    Regulatory Impact Analysis Requirements: New Guidelines
  • CO (09) 07
    National-led Administration: Consultation and Operating Arrangements
  • CO (09) 06
    Guidelines for Changes to Baselines
  • CO (09) 05
    Fees framework for members appointed to bodies in which the Crown has an interest
  • CO (08) 11
    Resumption of Cabinet Business
  • CO (08) 09
    Arrangements for transition to new administration
  • CO (08) 08
    Government decision making during the period of caretaker government
  • CO (08) 07
    Constitutional Procedures after the General Election
  • CO (08) 06
    Management of parliamentary business after the dissolution of Parliament
  • CO (08) 04
    Delegated Legislation: Guidelines for Legislative Instruments that are not Regulations
  • CO (08) 03
    Government decisions and actions in the pre-election period
  • CO (06) 06
    Whole of Government Directions under the Crown Entities Act 2004
  • CO (06) 05
    Ministers’ Roles and Responsibilities in Relation to Crown Entities
  • CO (05) 9
    Deposit of Ministers' Papers with Archives New Zealand
  • CO (05) 5
    Legal advice and legal professional privilege
  • CO (02) 14
    Guidance for Dealing with Information Relating to Publicly Listed Companies
  • CO (02) 12
    New Zealand e-Government Interoperability Framework (NZ e-GIF): adoption by government agencies
  • CO (02) 2
    Gender Analysis: Inclusion of Gender Implications Statement in All Submissions to the Cabinet Social Equity Committee
  • CO (99) 12
    Guidance for Members of Statutory, Commercial and Other Bodies Appointed by the Crown