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As announced by the Prime Minister on 19 January 2023, the 2023 general election is to be held on Saturday, 14 October 2023. The “pre-election period” is generally regarded as being the three months before a general election. The pre-election period will commence this year on 14 July 2023, and applies to government decisions and actions in the lead up to the 14 October election. This circular provides guidance on government decisions and actions during the pre-election period.
Cabinet recently agreed to a revised Fees Framework for determining or reassessing the fees paid to members of statutory and other bodies in which the Crown has an interest [APH-22-MIN-0195]. This circular and the attached Framework replaces Cabinet Office Circular CO (19)1.
This circular sets out advice on the death of Her Majesty The Queen, the New Zealand response, and the effect of The Queen’s death on New Zealand’s constitutional situation, including implications for Cabinet processes and other matters related to government administration.
This circular provides practical guidance for Ministers and departments on implementing the cooperation agreement between the Labour Party and the Green Party entered into when the government was formed following the 2020 general election, and on consultation with the government caucus.
This circular provides guidance for Ministers and government agencies on the application of the caretaker convention, taking decisions during the period of caretaker government, Cabinet meetings, the role of Ministers, and guidance on support from the State sector for any negotiating parties.
This circular provides guidance on the constitutional procedures that will apply after the general election. It includes key dates, a summary of the transition process between administrations, and references to other guidance material.
This circular sets out the requirements for central government agencies to estimate and disclose the greenhouse gas emission implications when certain types of policy proposals are presented to Cabinet. It has been updated to reflect recent Cabinet decisions.
This circular sets out the guidelines and requirements for Ministers and departments seeking approval of proposals with financial implications, changes to appropriations, and the authority to incur expenses.
This circular sets out the principles that guide Ministers’ access to the records of the previous administration. It also provides guidance for officials handling requests for official information received before 26 October 2017, when the new administration was appointed.
This circular sets out the Cabinet Directions for the Conduct of Crown Legal Business. Their primary purpose is to identify core Crown legal matters, to set out how those matters are conducted by Government, and to set out the Law Officers’ oversight of such legal matters.
This circular outlines what disclosure will be required during the initial administrative period of legislation development. Ministers and Chief Executives should ensure that all staff involved in the preparation of legislation are familiar with the advice in this circular.
This circular sets out guidance agreed to by Cabinet for Ministers and officials dealing with inside information relating to public issuers, including mixed ownership model companies and other companies in which the Crown has an ownership stake. Please note, this circular replaces Cabinet Office Circular CO (02) 14, Guidance for Dealing with Information Relating to Publicly Listed Companies.
This circular outlines the role of the Remuneration Authority in relation to setting the remuneration for a number of individuals appointed to statutory bodies and other positions, and the processes that it follows.
To facilitate the process of setting remuneration for these positions, it also sets out the information that the Remuneration Authority requires from Ministers, and from departments responsible for managing the processes for appointment to those positions.
This Circular updates and replaces Cabinet Office Circular CO (98) 15, “Financial Veto Procedure” 15 October 1998. It provides an outline of the Crown financial veto procedure contained in Standing Orders 326 to 330 of the House of Representatives, and advice on the administrative arrangements within government to support the veto power and on the responsibilities of Ministers, Ministers’ offices and departments under those arrangements.
This circular sets out guidance on: the procedures that should be followed when a Minister decides to intervene under the RMA; the points at which the Minister should involve Cabinet; how to ensure proper interdepartmental consultation and co-ordination.