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How does Cabinet work?

Cabinet is the principal decision making body of executive Government. It is a meeting of all Ministers of the Crown, chaired by the Premier

Although Cabinet is responsible for the development and coordination of the policies of the Government it has no legal powers or status. Cabinet is established by convention and practice and its decisions are only given formal effect through legislation, action of the Executive Council or the executive powers held by Ministers for the administration of their portfolio.

Since February 2001 a senior public servant has undertaken the role of Cabinet Secretary. This involves the recording of Cabinet decisions and the collective minutes of formal Cabinet discussions, including a record of attendance and any declarations of interest made by Ministers.