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 honoured to chair the Council for the Australian Federation (CAF) in 2020.

CAF continues to be a crucial part of Australia's federal system. It allows leaders across Australia's states and territories to come together to resolve the important issues facing our nation and pursue common interests.

2020 is shaping up to be a particularly important year in intergovernmental relations. As a group, it will be crucial states and territories use our combined experiences to progress key national priorities.

This includes discussion of key issues being considered through the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) forum, including waste and recycling, the ongoing drought conditions affecting much of Australia, vocational education and training, infrastructure and planning, mental health, and reducing disadvantage for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

I look forward to a focused year of working towards common goals with my CAF colleagues, and would like to thank South Australia for its productive leadership in 2019.

The Hon Daniel Andrews MP

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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 Victoria, the Honourable Daniel Andrews MP (Chair)
  • Premier of South Australia, the Honourable Steven Marshall MP
  • Premier of New South Wales, the Honourable Gladys Berejiklian MP
  • Premier of Queensland, the Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk MP
  • Premier of Western Australia, the Honourable Mark McGowan MLA
  • Premier of Tasmania, the Honourable Peter Gutwein MP
  • Chief Minister of the Australian Capital Territory, Andrew Barr MLA
  • Chief Minister of the Northern Territory, the Honourable Michael Gunner MLA