Department of the Premier and Cabinet - Executive Government

The arm of government responsible for carrying out or enacting laws.

Executive Government in WA refers to government ministers who make policy decisions (such as the Cabinet) and administer government (such as the Executive Council) as well as the arm of government that carries out laws enacted by government (the Public Sector).

While WA's constitutional laws provide for the Governor to act as head of State, most of the Governor's constitutional powers are exercised on advice from Cabinet ministers, principally the Premier.


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The Cabinet’s role is to make decisions about government policy.

Government ministers meet as a body called the Cabinet. WA's current Labor Government is led by Premier Mark McGowan and has 17 ministers in the Cabinet.

It meets weekly and is chaired by the Premier. Cabinet documents, discussions and decisions are confidential so that ministers can discuss issues openly and frankly at Cabinet meetings.

Cabinet meetings are regularly scheduled in regional WA as part of the Community Cabinet program. Community Cabinet gives communities outside of Perth an opportunity to discuss local issues with the Premier and ministers. The State Parliament also holds a regional sitting of the Legislative Assembly in Bunbury each year.

There are currently four sub-committees of Cabinet:

  • Expenditure Review Committee of Cabinet
  • Jobs and Economic Diversification Cabinet Sub-Committee
  • Community Safety and Family Support Cabinet Sub-Committee
  • Security and Emergency Committee of Cabinet.

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Executive Council

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Advises the Governor on government matters.

The Executive Council is chaired by the Governor of WA. It comprises all Cabinet ministers as appointed by the Governor on behalf of Her Majesty the Queen.

The Executive Council’s role is to advise the Governor on matters relating to the government and give legal form to Cabinet decisions which have no legal status in their own right.

Executive Council meeting dates and submissions deadlines 

 July 2020 to January 2021

Date of Meeting                          Deadline for Submissions
9.00am Tuesday 14 July 4.00pm Wednesday 8 July
9.00am Tuesday 28 July 4.00pm Wednesday 22 July
9.00am Tuesday  11 August 4.00pm Wednesday 5 August
9.00am Tuesday 25 August  4.00pm Wednesday 19 August
9.00am Tuesday 8 September 4.00pm Wednesday 2 September
9.00am Tuesday 22 September 4.00pm Wednesday 16 September
9.00am Tuesday 6 October 4.00pm Wednesday 30 September
9.00am Tuesday 20 October 4.00pm Wednesday 14 October
9.00am Tuesday 3 November 4.00pm Wednesday 28 October
9.00am Tuesday 17 November 4.00pm Wednesday 11 November
9.00am Tuesday 1 December 4.00pm Wednesday 25 November
9.00am Tuesday 15 December 4.00pm Wednesday  9 December
9.00am Tuesday 22 December 4.00pm Wednesday 16 December
9:00am Tuesday 12 January 2021 4.00pm Wednesday 6 January 2021

Meetings are at Government House, unless otherwise advised.

In the event Ministers are delayed for the commencement of a meeting, the Official Secretary, Government House must be notified as soon as possible on 61 8  9429 9199.

If a meeting date is unsuitable, Ministers may arrange to be substituted by another Minister.

The Executive Government Officer must be notified of any changes prior to the meeting on 61 8 6552 5754.

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Public Sector

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All government departments and agencies.

Our role is to serve the WA community to deliver better outcomes for everyone.

The public sector administers and enforces laws in WA and implements the legislative and executive policies of government.

Browse WA ministers and their departments, and WA legislation.

Page reviewed 9 April 2021