Premier's Memorandum

M2018-01 2019 State Election - Caretaker Conventions


Information concerning the caretaker conventions in the lead-up to the 2019 State Election.


In the lead-up to the 2019 general election, the caretaker period will commence when the Legislative Assembly is dissolved on Friday, 1 March 2019.

As a general rule, no significant new decisions or initiatives, appointments, or contractual undertakings should be made during the caretaker period. Routine government business, however, should proceed as usual.

In addition to the formal caretaker conventions, which only apply in the caretaker period, there are other established practices that apply in the months leading up to an election.

To assist Ministers, the attached guidance on the relevant conventions and practices has been prepared.

Should any difficulties arise in the application of these conventions or practices in particular circumstances, please contact the Secretary, Department of Premier and Cabinet.

Please ensure that all agencies within your portfolio are advised of these conventions and practices.