The caretaker period runs from the dissolution of the Legislative Assembly until the election result is clear (if the current Government is returned) or the new Premier is commissioned to form Government (if there is a change of Government).
During the caretaker period, the routine business of government should continue. However, by convention, the general rule is that no significant new decisions, appointments or contractual commitments should be made. Your agency will communicate the impact of caretaker conventions on your work prior to this period commencing.
A Premier’s Memorandum is issued prior to each state general election, providing information in relation to the caretaker conventions. This memorandum includes information on how to prepare for this period and comply with the caretaker conventions. The memorandum on caretaker conventions issued before the 2023 election can be viewed online.