Communications in caretaker period

During the period preceding an election for the House of Assembly, the Government assumes a ‘caretaker role’. The business of Government continues and the provision of services remains unchanged. However, caretaker conventions are implemented to protect the apolitical nature of the State Service during an election campaign.

At the beginning of the caretaker period, individual agencies need to review all communications activity, including television and print advertising, newsletters and information on websites, to ensure it is apolitical and does not promote the Government’s policies or emphasise the achievements of the Government or a Minister.

Read the full State Election Caretaker Conventions at