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Caretaker Conventions

State General Election 2017


Per instructions issued in the Premier's Circulars and the Caretaker Conventions, election-related material is not available on this website.

Department of The Premier and Cabinet

Guidelines and Policies

The Government assumes a 'caretaker' role in the period immediately before a State General Election. This role commences from the date the writs for elections for the Legislative Assembly are issued and continues until the election result is clear, or in the event of a change of government, until the new government is formally sworn in.

It is recognised that every general election carries the possibility of a change of government. During the caretaker period, efforts are made to ensure that decisions are not taken that would bind an incoming government and/or limit its freedom of action.

The practices associated with the caretaker role are directed at protecting the apolitical nature of the public sector, and avoiding the use of State Government resources in a manner that advantages a particular party. The arrangements also aim to prevent controversies about the role of the Public Sector during an election campaign.

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Should you have any enquiries regarding the caretaker period, please contact or (08) 6552 5000.