"How is government policy is shaped and developed by the Prime Minister and Cabinet? "

Great question, Kathy!

The Cabinet is made up of the Prime Minister and top-level ministers, and is the main decision-making body of the government. The Cabinet’s role is to direct government policy and make decisions about national issues, including which government bills (proposed laws) should be introduced in the Australian Parliament.

For example, if the Cabinet decides to introduce a bill to do with health, it will ask the Minister for Health to work with the Department of Health to prepare the bill.

The Cabinet can also direct a government department to investigate an issue and make recommendations to best address it. A Cabinet decision might:

For more information, see our fact sheets on the Prime Minister and the Cabinet

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