Ministers' Office Handbook


The Ministers’ Office Handbook provides policy and practice material for Ministers and their staff about employment and office management arrangements following implementation of Ministers’ powers to employ staff under the Members of Parliament Staff Act 2013 (MOPS Act).

The Department of Premier and Cabinet (DPC) is responsible, under the MOPS Act, for providing administrative and other support services for Ministers and their staff. These services are delivered by the People and Operations Group (P&O).

Ministers and their staff need to familiarise themselves with the contents of the Handbook and may contact P&O for clarifications and further information. The Handbook will be updated as necessary to make sure that the contents remain current and reliable, and to pick up any suggestions for improvement.

The Premier approved a Respectful Workplace Policy for Ministerial offices in May 2022. The Handbook has been updated in line with the new Policy.

This Handbook is separate and distinct from the Ministerial Handbook.  It does not duplicate material from other key sources such as the Members’ Handbooks and Guides issued by the Parliament, and the Parliamentary Remuneration Tribunal’s annual determination.

Information communicated by Premier’s Memoranda and DPC Circulars may require action by Ministers and their staff. Ministers’ offices need to monitor these materials and act on them as appropriate. Current Memoranda and Circulars are available on this website.

General inquiries regarding the contents of the Handbook may be referred to P&O via email.

Download the Ministers' Office Handbook