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State General Election 2017 - Caretaker Conventions

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​The Government assumes a ‘caretaker’ role in the period immediately before a State General Election. This role commences from the date the writs for elections for the Legislative Assembly are issued and continues until the election result is clear, or in the event of a change of government, until the new government is formally sworn in.

It is recognised that every general election carries the possibility of a change of government. During the caretaker period, efforts are made to ensure that decisions are not taken that would bind an incoming government and/or limit its freedom of action.

The practices associated with the caretaker role are directed at protecting the apolitical nature of the public sector, and avoiding the use of State Government resources in a manner that advantages a particular party. The arrangements also aim to prevent controversies about the role of the Public Sector during an election campaign.

For further information please see:

  • the 2017 Caretaker Conventions (PDF 432 KB) (DOC 300 KB)
  • the Premier’s Circular regarding the 2017 Caretaker Conventions (PDF 292 KB) (DOC 706 KB)
  • the request forms for Approval to Advertise, Publish or Issue Media Releases during caretaker period (PDF 42 KB) (DOC 46 KB)

Should you have any enquiries regarding the caretaker period, please contact or (08) 6552 5000.