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 very pleased to Chair the Council for the Australian Federation (CAF) in 2023.

As Chair, I will continue to work collectively with state and territory First Ministers and in partnership with the Commonwealth, to deliver on key reforms of importance to Australians.

This year CAF will maintain a focus on driving economic growth including through a contemporary skills reform agenda, and lifting the bar on social reforms, including accessible and affordable health services for all Australians, particularly our First Nations people.

I am excited about what CAF can achieve and I intend to use my time as Chair to advocate strongly on a number of key priorities which are important for the Northern Territory and all Australians.

As Chief Ministers and Premiers, we have a shared responsibility to our citizens across the nation to think big, generate ideas, and work towards solutions for the complex challenges facing this generation and the next. As a collective, we can lift Australia’s social and economic productivity, by working within and beyond our own state or territory borders on shared challenges and opportunities.

I would like to thank the outgoing 2022 Chair of CAF, NSW Premier, the Hon Dominic Perrottet MP, for his leadership and determination to work collaboratively on state and territory priorities for the benefit of all Australians.

I look forward to working with my counterparts across Australia on national reforms that will strengthen our federation and ensure all Australians have an equal share in our Nation’s future.