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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 with the inaugural Chair being the Premier from South Australia, The Hon. Mike Rann MP.
The position of Chair rotates between jurisdictions and the current Chair is the Premier of Victoria, the Hon Ted Baillieu MP.
Full members' details are listed below.
The objectives of the Council 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.
CAF Report Card
The CAF Report Card, PDF (205 KB), highlights the Council's achievements from its inception to October 2008.
The second CAF Report Card, PDF (413 KB), outlines CAF's achievements in the period October 2008 to October 2009.
The Council Secretariat is funded by all States and Territories and is located in the Chair's jurisdiction.
List of current members
The Council meets at least once a year or on an ‘as needs basis’. However, many policy issues are dealt with throughout the year out-of-session.
The outcomes of the Council's meetings are contained in communiqués released at the end of each meeting. See Meetings for a list of meeting details including key discussion topics, outcomes, communiqués and related documentation.