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Caretaker Conventions

In the period preceding an election, the Australian Government assumes a caretaker role. The caretaker period begins at the time the House of Representatives is dissolved and continues until the election result is clear or, if there is a change of government, until the new government is appointed.

During the caretaker period there are specific requirements for the Australian Government, specified in the Caretaker Conventions, including:

Agencies are required to undertake additional steps when managing agency and ministerial websites during caretaker to ensure the management of these sites are consistent with the Caretaker Conventions.

Section 6. 2 of the Guidance on Caretaker Conventions covers internet and electronic communications, including:

If further advice is required in relation to the caretaker period, departments and agencies should contact the Government Division, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet on (02) 6271 5399.

Last updated: 21 July 2015