Governor and Executive Council
The Executive Council was established under s87 of the Constitution Act 1975 and it exercises the chief executive authority in the State. The Executive Council advises the Governor when he or she is required by law or convention to act in accordance with, and when he or she is permitted or required by statute or other instrument to act in Council. The Premier tenders advice to the Governor about the appropriate exercise of his or her powers and functions.
The Governor's legal status means that, acting on the advice of the Executive Council, he or she exercises the chief executive authority in the State. The term "Governor in Council" reflects the fact that the Governor acts formally with the advice of the Executive Council.
Parliament usually gives the Governor in Council the power to take action on such matters as orders, proclamations, regulations and appointments to public offices. On important issues of policy or matters affecting the Government as a whole, Ministers consider the recommendations collectively in Cabinet before the responsible Minister submits a recommendation to the Executive Council.
The Executive Council consists of all Ministers but requires only a quorum of the Governor and two Ministers for a meeting. Meetings are usually held weekly with the Governor and four Ministers in attendance.