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

The Honourable
Will Hodgman MP

I am pleased to chair the Council for the Australian Federation in 2017.

CAF continues to be an important part of Australia's federal system, enhancing cooperation between the states and territories on significant issues for our nation.

Improving our health, education and human services systems, and securing sustainable and equitable funding arrangements for those vital services, remains a top priority for all state and territory governments.

We will also continue to work together on key issues such as growing our economies, keeping Australians safe, maintaining access to secure and affordable energy, and other emerging issues that affect the Federation.

I look forward to working with my state and territory colleagues to progress major national reforms during 2017.

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 Tasmania, the Honourable Will Hodgman MP (Chair)
  • Premier of New South Wales, the Honourable Gladys Berejiklian MP
  • Premier of Queensland, the Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk MP
  • Premier of Victoria, the Honourable Daniel Andrews MP
  • Premier of Western Australia, the Honourable Colin Barnett MLA
  • Premier of South Australia, the Honourable Jay Weatherill MP
  • Chief Minister of the Northern Territory, the Honourable Michael Gunner MLA
  • Chief Minister of the Australian Capital Territory, the Honourable Andrew Barr MLA