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Cabinet Office circular

CO (20) 1: Government Decisions and Actions in the Pre-election Period

Issue date: 
Wednesday, 29 January 2020
Issue status: 
Current
Version note: 

Intended for: 

  • All Ministers
  • All Chief Executives
  • All Senior Private Secretaries
  • Speaker of the House of Representatives
  • Clerk of the House of Representatives
  • Chief Parliamentary Counsel
  • Controller and Auditor-General
  • Chief Ombudsman
  • Official Secretary, Government House

Note: This circular has been updated to reflect the election date announced by the Prime Minister on 17 August 2020.

Government Decisions and Actions in the Pre-election Period

This circular has been updated to reflect the election date announced by the Prime Minister on 17 August 2020.

Introduction

1As announced by the Prime Minister on 17 August 2020, the 2020 general election is now to be held on Saturday, 17 October 2020.  The “pre-election period” is generally regarded as being the three months before a general election. The pre-election period commenced this year on 19 June 2020, and continues to apply to government decisions and actions in the lead up to the 17 October election.

2This circular provides guidance on government decisions and actions during the pre-election period. It covers:

2.1government decision-making generally during the pre-election period;

2.2making appointments in the pre-election period;

2.3conducting government advertising campaigns during the pre-election period;

2.4the provision of information by the state services in the pre-election period.

Formats

Government Decisions and Actions in the Pre-election Period

This circular has been updated to reflect the election date announced by the Prime Minister on 17 August 2020.

Last updated: 
Wednesday, 19 August 2020

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