Council for the Australian Federation

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

The current Chair of the CAF is the Premier of New South Wales, The Honourable Mike Baird MP.

Message from the Chair

Welcome to the website of the Council for the Australian Federation.

I am very excited to serve as Chair in such a significant year for our Federal system of government, and I look forward to working collaboratively with my counterparts to drive change through the Reform of the Federation and Tax Reform White Paper processes. These White Papers provide a unique opportunity to drive better outcomes in health, education, housing and other areas.

It is important that we develop a national perspective on what works, what can be improved, and to implement real and enduring change that takes into account the opportunities and challenges being experienced by all governments.

CAF is committed to a constructive dialogue with the Commonwealth to ensure that reforms lead to better outcomes for all Australians. Service delivery responsibility is linked to a government's ability to raise revenue. It is therefore crucial that reform of the federation be considered in parallel with options for reform of Australia's tax system.

My State and Territory colleagues look forward to continued collaboration with the Commonwealth in 2015 to develop practical solutions that benefit the entire nation, and which form a strong foundation for the future of our Federation.

Mike Baird
Chair of the Council for the Australian Federation


List of current members

The Honourable Mike Baird MP, Chair of CAF and Premier of New South Wales

Chair of CAF and Premier of New South Wales

The Hon Daniel Andrews MP

Premier of Victoria

The Honourable Adam Giles MLA

Chief Minister of the Northern Territory

The Honourable Jay Weatherill MP

Premier of South Australia

The Honourable Will Hodgman MP

Premier of Tasmania

The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk MP

Premier of Queensland

The Honourable Colin Barnett MP

Premier of Western Australia

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
  • take a leadership role on key national policy issues, including the Federation, that are not addressed by the Commonwealth Government.