Cabinet Guide


Note: the 2017 Cabinet Manual was released on 6 June 2017. Due to an upcoming migration of the CabGuide onto a new server, some content relating to the Cabinet Manual is not able to be updated at this time. Contact the Cabinet Office if you need clarification of any process or practice updates in the meantime.


The CabGuide provides practical information and advice for public servants and Ministers’ offices on the procedures and operation of the New Zealand Cabinet, Cabinet committees, and the Executive Council. The information on CabGuide is intended to complement the procedural information available in the Cabinet Manual, in Cabinet Office circulars and Notices

CabGuide also contains comprehensive guidance to support those using CabNet, the document management and workflow system that supports Cabinet processes. 



CabNet guidance

Templates and forms

General guidance



CabNet support

For procedural support, contact a CabNet Organisation Administrator or CabNet Trainer in your organisation or Minister’s office.

For technical and procedural support for the CabNet system, call 0508 CABNET (222 638) or email


About this site

CabGuide is written and maintained by the Cabinet Office, which is part of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.  If you have any questions or feedback, please contact us.