This step brings together the previous steps into formal advice for decision-makers. 

As with all good policy advice it should be free and frank, set out the purpose, rationale for change, options, risks, benefits and costs, and the outcome of any relevant consultation around the proposal. It should include clear recommendations on the preferred option and next steps (implementation).  

Advice around changing structures and governance will usually involve decisions by ministers and often requires a Cabinet process, possibly leading to an Order in Council and/or legislative change.

The Cabinet Manual requires you to engage with the Minister for the Public Service, and consult us on the advice you are presenting to decision-makers.

This stage is expected to culminate in an in-principle decision.  

Cabinet Manual — Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet