Express law No. 246

9 May 2016

The Governor-General has dissolved both Houses of Parliament. Caretaker conventions now apply.

The business of government continues during the caretaker period. However, the caretaker conventions require the government to avoid certain activities, to ensure that their actions do not bind an incoming government and limit its freedom of action.

The Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet has recently published a guidance note on the caretaker conventions, available here. If you have any queries relating to the caretaker conventions, please contact the Department's Government Division on T 02 6271 5399 or

AGS will be holding a Government Law Group seminar on 25 May 2016, titled 'After the election – what happens?' This seminar will cover legal issues related to the significant administrative rearrangements that often follow a federal election.

AGS will also be releasing an updated legal briefing about these issues in coming weeks. Further details will be circulated shortly.

For further information please contact:

Leo Hardiman
Deputy General Counsel, Office of General Counsel
T 02 6253 7074

Olivia Abbott
A/g Senior General Counsel, Office of General Counsel
T 02 6253 7023

Andrew Chapman
A/g Senior General Counsel, Office of General Counsel
T 02 6253 7206

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