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.