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

Premier of South Australia,
Hon. Steven Marshall MP

It is with great pleasure that I chair the Council for the Australian Federation (CAF) in 2019.

CAF is an important forum for collective action on national issues.

First Ministers from all Australian states and territories created CAF with the intention to build a more collaborative, cooperative and effective federal system.

I acknowledge the productive work of CAF in 2018, and the importance of continuing a constructive dialogue among states and territories in 2019.

I look forward to a focused year of working towards common goals with my CAF colleagues, including tackling priorities such as population planning and management, Closing the Gap in Indigenous disadvantage, reducing violence against women and their children, jobs and economic development, and securing fair funding arrangements for vital services.

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