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Cabinet Papers

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What happens to the Cabinet Papers?

At the end of each year files are registered on the Department of the Premier and Cabinet records system. The files are retained in the Cabinet Services Branch until the end of each 4-year term of Government when they are microfilmed and transferred to the State Records Office.

The Cabinet Services Branch maintains a database of all Cabinet submissions and decisions.

There are "Cabinet Record Books", comprising a summary of each Cabinet submission and decision, dating back to 1903. From 1 July 1914, the volumes were bound in leather and this practice continues.

The Cabinet Services Branch prepares the books. On a change of government one set of the books is presented to the leader of the outgoing government by the Director General of the Department of the Premier and Cabinet, and one set is retained by the department as an official record.