Council for the Australian Federation

The Council for the Australian Federation (CAF) was formed to support and enhance our federal system by providing a forum for state and territory leaders in Australia to discuss and resolve important issues independently of the Commonwealth.

Message from the Chair

I am pleased to Chair the Council for the Australian Federation (CAF) in 2022.

I thank my CAF colleagues for their valuable contributions in 2021 and acknowledge the leadership of outgoing Chair, Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk.

As Chair, my priority will be to enhance CAF’s standing as a vehicle for proactive, state-driven leadership and reform from the frontline.

The last two years have been challenging. While we are not out of the woods yet, now is the right time to start thinking about the lessons COVID-19 has taught us about our federal system of government and how we can respond. As Premiers and Chief Ministers, we have a responsibility to be forward thinking, to generate ideas and to put them on the national agenda.

I look forward to working with my counterparts across Australia to put forward reforms that will strengthen our federation.


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About the Council for the Australian Federation

Each state and territory Premier or Chief Minister is a member of CAF. Victoria was instrumental in establishing CAF in 2006 and former South Australian Premier Mike Rann was the inaugural Chair.

In 2013 the Council reviewed its operations and reaffirmed its objectives. The Council's objectives are to:

  • work toward common understanding of the States' and Territories' positions in relation to policy issues involving the Commonwealth Government; and
  • take a leadership role on key national policy issues, including the Federation, that are not addressed by the Commonwealth Government.

CAF Members

  • Premier of New South Wales, the Honourable Dominic Perrottet MP (Chair)
  • Premier of Queensland, the Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk MP
  • Premier of Victoria, the Honourable Daniel Andrews MP
  • Premier of South Australia, the Honourable Peter Malinauskas MP
  • Premier of Western Australia, the Honourable Mark McGowan MLA
  • Premier of Tasmania, the Honourable Jeremy Rockliff MP
  • Chief Minister of the Australian Capital Territory, Andrew Barr MLA
  • Chief Minister of the Northern Territory, the Honourable Natasha Fyles MLA