Uploading papers into CabNet

All Cabinet and Cabinet committee papers with a security classification of In confidence, Sensitive or Restricted should be uploaded into CabNet. CabNet requires users to nominate the type of paper being uploaded at the start of the upload process. The three types are:

     General papers             - Policy, legislative and other proposals that are not travel or appointment proposals
     Travel papers                - Proposed Travel papers and Reports on Travel 
     Appointment papers      - Proposed Appointments

Do not upload papers with a security classification of Confidential or higher into CabNet in any circumstances.

Follow this link for the Cabinet committee Terms of Reference and membership.

Papers with the endorsements of Budget, Staff, Legally Privileged or Commercial can be uploaded into CabNet. Papers that have been marked with other endorsement/s may not be appropriate for upload into CabNet. Contact a member of your agency Organisation Administration Group, your Ministers’ office, or the Cabinet Office for further advice.

Additional advice on security classifications and handling Cabinet material can be found on this page.

The Protective Security Requirements website can be navigated to by clicking this link.

Follow this link for a checklist for Ministers’ offices for CabNet papers.

Lodgement deadline

The lodgement deadline for Cabinet and Cabinet committee papers is the preceding Thursday at 10:00am.

An email request must be sent before 10:00am on Thursday for all papers that are intended to be lodged after the lodgement deadline.


Process flow and access diagrams

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Variations to the automatic submission access provided in CabNet

CabNet has been designed to provide group-based access to all Ministers, their offices and agencies with a portfolio interest in a submission at appropriate points in the approval and Cabinet consideration process.  The automatic group-based access provided through the CabNet system applies to all submissions in CabNet. In some circumstances, for papers that deal with a highly sensitive matter, it may be appropriate for access to be limited in CabNet. This will be an exception and apply only to papers classified Sensitive or Restricted that are assessed as needing to be handled in this way. Alternatively if necessary, very highly sensitive papers can be dealt with off CabNet. Such papers are likely to require a Special Handling Required endorsement. Agencies and Ministers’ offices who consider that a paper should be handled this way should consult the Cabinet Office.

  • Access on an individual user/small group basis
    For these types of papers access can be limited to a set of named individuals, or small groups of individuals. Contact the Cabinet Office if you wish to request that a submission be handled in this way.  An example of the type of submission that will be handled in this way is a highly sensitive budget proposal.
  • Off-CabNet submissions
    Alternatively, for very highly sensitive proposals the Cabinet Office may determine that the paper should be dealt with off-CabNet. Such papers are likely to require a Special Handling Required endorsement.

Using the “Limit access” tickbox to suspend access within the owning agency

During the upload process in CabNet it is possible for the uploader to limit access to the paper to the Owning Minister’s office(s) by selecting “Limit access”. It is expected that this function is used only when access to the paper needs to limited to individual users, as discussed above.

The consequence of selecting “Limit access” is that only the individual user that uploads the paper will have access within that Agency Portfolio Group (APG) at the completion of the upload process – other members of the APG (or multiple APGs if the paper is a joint paper) will not have access.

Access by members of the Organisation Administration Group of the uploading agency will not be affected by selecting “Limit access” – they will retain access by default. If access is suspended to an Agency Portfolio Group as a result of selecting “Limit access” it is responsibility of the owning agency to provide access within their agency at a later point.

As the “Limit access” select box only affects the owning APG members (other than the individual that undertook the upload process in CabNet), it only takes effect at the completion of the process to upload a paper as a Final Draft. As a result of completing the process to upload a paper as Lodged access to the paper will default to the members of the owning APG members.

Important note:  Selecting “Limit access” does not affect the access provisions to agencies indicated as consulted and informed in CabNet – consulted and informed agencies will be provided with access when the submission is in the Lodged state.


Refer to the following pages for more information: