The Federal Executive Council handbook is produced as a reference for departmental officers and ministerial staff as an aid in the preparation of papers for consideration by the Governor-General in Council.
This edition supersedes the 2017 version of the handbook and incorporates information subsequently issued through circulars by the Executive Council Secretariat.
The handbook outlines the diverse nature of matters that are submitted to the Executive Council and the form in which these matters are presented to the Governor-General and his Executive Councillors.
All papers prepared for the Executive Council must be high quality; it is essential that they be accurate, reflect the Governor-General’s constitutional powers, and clearly set out the recommendations being made.
The Executive Council Liaison Officer in each Australian Government department is the first point of contact for officials who are preparing draft papers for the Executive Council. The Executive Council Secretariat within the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet performs an important role managing the quality and timeliness of these papers and is available to advise and assist with any procedural or presentational questions you may have.