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30 Year Rule

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In 1984, the Department of Premier and Cabinet made the first transfer of
Cabinet Papers, including those from 1951 to 1980, to the State Archives.

At a meeting on 27 October 1986, Cabinet decided that a 30-year embargo would apply to the release of these Cabinet Papers.

Each year since then a new set of Cabinet Papers has become available at the State Records Office for public scrutiny under the 30-year rule.

These documents are of significant historical value as they contain:

  • Cabinet Minutes and Decisions
  • Cabinet Indexes and Agendas
  • Cabinet Accounts
  • Media Statements and Speeches

The documents are an invaluable record of the decisions of governments of the time, and cover a wide range of issues dealing with the social, political and economic development of the State. Some decisions had immediate impact; others resulted in long-term legacies.

Acknowledgement of Country

The Government of Western Australia acknowledges the traditional custodians throughout Western Australia and their continuing connection to the land, waters and community. We pay our respects to all members of the Aboriginal communities and their cultures; and to Elders both past and present.