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Producing a quality Cabinet submission

Suitable for: APS 5 - SES

Duration: 1-day workshop
Venue: APS Learning Centre, Canberra
Price: $675.00 (excl. GST)
Registration: Visit APS Learn for scheduled dates and to enrol for this program
Contact: Coreskillsdevelopment [at] apsc.gov.au

Note: This course will benefit those required to develop and contribute to Cabinet processes and submissions.

Program rating from recent participants:

  • 99% said the program was valuable in developing their capability.
  • 98% said it was worth their investment of time and effort.

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Program overview

You  will get the most current information and insights into the Cabinet system,  delivered in an engaging and educational way.  This program is  co-facilitated by staff from Cabinet Division in the Department of the Prime  Minister and Cabinet and staff from the Centre for Leadership and Learning in  the Australian Public Service Commission.

You will become familiar  with Cabinet principles and conventions, key steps and timeframes, template  requirements, and who to consult. With lots of practical activities, you will  develop your drafting skills and get tips for how to write for a Cabinet  audience.

You will also benefit  from meeting and engaging with other APS staff on these topics.

Participant benefits

On completion of this  program, you will be able to:

  • describe the characteristics of Cabinet government and  how they influence Cabinet work
  • summarise the key roles within Cabinet and how these  assist the functioning of Cabinet
  • explain the products of Cabinet and match with their  corresponding use
  • summarise the steps for a Cabinet submission and their  corresponding timeframes
  • summarise the linkages between APS work and the work of  Cabinet
  • outline an initial plan for the development of a Cabinet  submission
  • describe the intended audience of a Cabinet submission
  • effectively draft submissions that comply with Cabinet  submission templates
  • explain the measures of quality as they relate to Cabinet  submissions.


  • Phase 1 - One-day workshop.
Last reviewed: 
3 January 2019