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CO (18) 4 - Proactive Release of Cabinet Material: Updated Requirements

Cabinet Office circular
Issue date: 
Tue 23 Oct 2018

This circular sets out the requirements and procedures for the proactive release of Cabinet
material (Cabinet and Cabinet committee papers and minutes). It updates and replaces
previous advice.

CO(18) 5 - 2019 Legislation Programme: Requirements for Submitting Bids

Cabinet Office circular
Issue date: 
Thu 18 Oct 2018

This circular sets out the requirements for the preparation of requests (‘bids’) from Ministers for bills to be awarded places on the 2019 Legislation Programme.

CO(18) 3 - New Zealand Business Number - Implementation Requirements

Cabinet Office circular
Issue date: 
Tue 16 Oct 2018

This circular sets out the requirements agreed to by Cabinet for agencies to implement the New Zealand Business Number (the NZBN).  This circular updates and replaces CO (16) 3.

CO (18) 2 - Proposals with Financial Implications and Financial Authorities

Cabinet Office circular
Issue date: 
Mon 30 Jul 2018

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.

CO (18) 1 - Legislation guidelines - Cabinet requirements and expectations

Cabinet Office circular
Issue date: 
Fri 20 Jul 2018

The Legislation Guidelines (2018 edition) are the government's key point of reference for assessing whether draft legislation conforms to accepted legal and constitutional principles. Cabinet has agreed that the Legislation Guidelines replace the Guidelines on Process and Content of Legislation (2014 edition).

CO (17) 12: Cabinet Committees: Structure, Terms of Reference and Membership

Cabinet Office circular
Issue date: 
Wed 17 Jan 2018

The Prime Minister has agreed to the new Cabinet committee structure, terms of reference, and membership.

CO (17) 10: Labour-New Zealand First Coalition, with Confidence and Supply from the Green Party: Consultation and Operating Arrangements

Cabinet Office circular
Issue date: 
Wed 20 Dec 2017

This circular provides practical guidance for Ministers and departments on implementing the coalition agreement between Labour and New Zealand First and the confidence and supply agreement between Labour and the Green Party entered into when the government was formed following the 2017 general election.

CO (17) 11: 2018 Legislation Programme - Requirements for Submitting Bids

Cabinet Office circular
Issue date: 
Thu 30 Nov 2017

This circular sets out the requirements for the preparation of requests (‘bids’) from Ministers for bills to be awarded places on the 2018 Legislation Programme.

CO (17) 9: Access to information of a previous administration

Cabinet Office circular
Issue date: 
Mon 30 Oct 2017

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.

CO (17) 8: Arrangements for transition to a new administration

Cabinet Office circular
Issue date: 
Fri 20 Oct 2017

The Leader of the Labour Party has announced her intention to form a coalition government with the New Zealand First Party, and with the support of the Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand, that is able to command the confidence of the House of Representatives.

This circular sets out the next steps in the transition to a new government.

CO (17) 7: Government Decision Making during the Period of Caretaker Government

Cabinet Office circular
Issue date: 
Mon 25 Sep 2017

In accordance with the convention on caretaker government, the incumbent government will govern in a caretaker capacity until the appointment of the new government.

CO (17) 6: Constitutional Procedures after the Election

Cabinet Office circular
Issue date: 
Tue 8 Aug 2017

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.

CO (17) 5: Statutes Amendment Bill for 2018

Cabinet Office circular
Issue date: 
Wed 12 Jul 2017

This circular sets out the process for developing the Statutes Amendment Bill and includes a change to the process whereby agencies are now required to submit their amendments to the Ministry of Justice for vetting prior to recommending amendments for inclusion in the Bill to their portfolio Ministers.

CO (17) 3: Impact Analysis Requirements

Cabinet Office circular
Issue date: 
Fri 30 Jun 2017

This circular sets out the requirements for Ministers and agencies seeking approvals relating to government regulatory proposals. It replaces the previous Cabinet requirements for regulatory impact analysis.

CO (17) 4: Management of Parliamentary Business after the Dissolution of Parliament

Cabinet Office circular
Issue date: 
Fri 30 Jun 2017

This circular provides guidance on the management of parliamentary business after Parliament has been dissolved.

CO (17) 2: Cabinet Committees: Terms of Reference and Membership

Cabinet Office circular
Issue date: 
Tue 2 May 2017

This circular has been superseded by the advice in Circular CO (17) 12.

CO (17) 1: Government Decisions and Actions in the Pre-election Period

Cabinet Office circular
Issue date: 
Wed 22 Feb 2017

This circular provides guidance on government decisions and actions during the pre-election period. It covers: government decision making generally during the pre-election period; making appointments in the pre-election period; conducting government advertising campaigns during the pre-election period; the provision of information by the state services in the pre-election period.

CO (16) 6: Cabinet Committees - terms of reference and membership

Cabinet Office circular
Issue date: 
Wed 21 Dec 2016

This circular has been superseded by CO (17) 12: Cabinet Committees: Structure, Terms of Reference and Membership.

CO (16) 5: 2017 Legislation Programme - Requirements for Submitting Bids

Cabinet Office circular
Issue date: 
Fri 4 Nov 2016

This circular sets out the requirements for the preparation of requests (‘bids’) from Ministers for bills to be awarded places on the 2017 Legislation Programme.

CO (16) 4: Statutes Amendment Bill for 2016

Cabinet Office circular
Issue date: 
Mon 27 Jun 2016

This circular sets out the process for developing the Statutes Amendment Bill and replaces Cabinet Office Circular CO (15) 2.

CO (16) 3: New Zealand Business Number - Implementation Requirements

Cabinet Office circular
Issue date: 
Wed 25 May 2016

This circular sets out the requirements agreed to by Cabinet for agencies to implement the New Zealand Business Number (NZBN).

CO (16) 2: Cabinet Directions for the Conduct of Crown Legal Business 2016

Cabinet Office circular
Issue date: 
Wed 30 Mar 2016

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.

CO (16) 1: Cabinet Committees - Terms of Reference and Membership

Cabinet Office circular
Issue date: 
Wed 27 Jan 2016

This circular has been cancelled. It is still available on request from the Cabinet Office. Please cite its reference number CO (16) 1.

CO (15) 6: 2016 Legislation Programme - Requirements for Submitting Bids

Cabinet Office circular
Issue date: 
Thu 26 Nov 2015

This circular has been cancelled. It is still available on request from the Cabinet Office. Please cite its reference number CO (15) 6.

CO (15) 5: Investment Management and Asset Performance in the State Services

Cabinet Office circular
Issue date: 
Mon 29 Jun 2015

This circular sets out Cabinet's expectations for the management of investments and both physical and intangible assets by departments, Crown agencies/entities and schedule 4A companies. It also gives effect to Cabinet's intention that there is active stewardship of government resources, and strong alignment between individual investments and the government's long-term priorities.

CO (15) 4: Proposals with Financial Implications and Financial Authorities

Cabinet Office circular
Issue date: 
Wed 3 Jun 2015

This circular has been superseded by CO (18) 2 - Proposals with Financial Implications and Financial Authorities.

CO (15) 3: Revised Legislation Advisory Committee Guidelines: Cabinet Requirements

Cabinet Office circular
Issue date: 
Fri 22 May 2015

In November 2014, Cabinet agreed that the 2001 Legislation Advisory Committee Guidelines: Guidelines on Process and Content of Legislation (the 2001 LAC Guidelines) be replaced with a revised set of Guidelines (the 2014 LAC Guidelines) as the government’s key point of reference for assessing whether draft legislation conforms to accepted legal and constitutional principles.

This circular provides further guidance relevant to the 2014 LAC Guidelines.

CO (15) 2: Statutes Amendment Bill for 2015

Cabinet Office circular
Issue date: 
Fri 20 Mar 2015

This circular has been cancelled. It is still available on request from the Cabinet Office. Please cite its reference number CO (15) 2.

CO (15) 1: National-led Administration - Consultation and Operating Arrangements

Cabinet Office circular
Issue date: 
Fri 20 Mar 2015

This circular provides guidance on the consultation and operating arrangements that have been developed to implement and support the agreements between the National Party and the United Future Party, the ACT Party, and the Māori Party. It updates and replaces the previous circular on these arrangements during the last term.

CO (14) 8: Cabinet Committees - Terms of Reference and Membership

Cabinet Office circular
Issue date: 
Tue 3 Mar 2015

This circular has been cancelled. It is still available on request from the Cabinet Office. Please cite its reference number CO (14) 8.

CO (14) 9: 2015 Legislation Programme - Requirements for Submitting Bids

Cabinet Office circular
Issue date: 
Fri 14 Nov 2014

This circular has been cancelled. It is still available on request from the Cabinet Office. Please cite its reference number CO (14) 9.

CO (14) 7: Government Formation - Next Steps

Cabinet Office circular
Issue date: 
Mon 6 Oct 2014

This circular has been cancelled. It is still available on request from the Cabinet Office. Please cite its reference number CO (14) 7.

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