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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. The current Chair is the Premier of Queensland, the Hon Campbell Newman 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.

Council Secretariat

The Council Secretariat is funded by all States and Territories and is located in the Chair's jurisdiction.

List of current members

The Honourable Campbell Newman MP, Chair of CAF and Premier of Queensland

Chair of CAF and Premier of Queensland

The Hon Dr Denis Napthine MLA

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 Mike Baird MP

Premier of New South Wales

The Honourable Colin Barnett MP

Premier of Western Australia