Message from the Chair
The Hon Dr
Denis Napthine MLA
Welcome to the website for the Council for the Australian Federation (CAF).
This is where you can find out more about decisions, actions and commitments taken by state and territory governments as a
'united front' on key national policy issues. CAF consists of state and territory Premiers and Chief Ministers. It was first formed in 2006.
Victoria was instrumental in establishing CAF and former South Australian Premier Mike Rann was the inaugural Chair.
CAF meets from time to time to discuss and resolve important issues independently of the Commonwealth.
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Council for the Australian Federation
The Council for the Australian Federation (CAF) was formed in October 2006 to support and enhance our federal system by providing an intergovernmental
forum for State and Territory leaders in Australia. Each State and Territory Premier or Chief Minister is a member of CAF
and the current Chair is the Premier of Victoria, the Hon Dr Denis Napthine MLA.
In 2010, the Council reviewed its operations and refreshed 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
- take a leadership role on key national policy issues, including the Federation, that are not addressed by the Commonwealth Government.