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.