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Cabinet Office circular

CO (23) 1: Government Decisions and Actions in the Pre-election Period

Issue date: 
Friday, 27 January 2023
Issue status: 
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


1As 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.

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.

Last updated: 
Thursday, 2 February 2023

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