Agreements

Detailed commitments of the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) may be recorded through intergovernmental agreements or statements of co-operation.

In many instances, agreements have been the precursor to the passage of Commonwealth or state and territory legislation. COAG level agreements make clear that the outcomes have head of government support and have greater currency and force than ministerial reports and communiqué text which may not always contain detailed policy and/or operational matters.

Intergovernmental agreements that facilitate payments to the states and National Agreements under the Intergovernmental Agreement on Federal Financial Relations are available on the Council on Federal Financial Relations website.

For further information on other intergovernmental agreements see below.

Intergovernmental Agreements

Bilateral Agreement between the Commonwealth of Australia and the Northern Territory on the National Disability Insurance Scheme - 29 March 2019

On 29 March 2019, the Commonwealth and Northern Territory Governments entered into the Bilateral Agreement between the Commonwealth of Australia and the Northern Territory on the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

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Bilateral Agreement between the Commonwealth of Australia and the Australian Capital Territory on the National Disability Insurance Scheme - 22 March 2019

On 22 March 2019, the Commonwealth and Australian Capital Territory Governments entered into the Bilateral Agreement between the Commonwealth of Australia and the Australian Capital Territory on the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

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Closing the Gap Partnership Agreement - 22 March 2019

The Closing the Gap Partnership Agreement is a formal agreement between Commonwealth, state and territory governments, the National Coalition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peak Organisations, and the Australian Local Government Association.

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Intergovernmental Agreement on Biosecurity - 3 January 2019

This Intergovernmental Agreement seeks to strengthen Australia’s biosecurity system through enhanced national collaboration among Australian governments. The Agreement came into effect on 3 January 2019, when the Commonwealth and South Australia became the first signatories.

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National Drought Agreement - 12 December 2018

The National Drought Agreement sets out a joint approach to drought preparedness, response and recovery. It replaces the Intergovernmental Agreement on National Drought Program Reform.

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Bilateral Agreement between the Commonwealth of Australia and the State of Tasmania on the National Disability Insurance Scheme - 10 December 2018

On 10 December 2018, the Commonwealth and Tasmanian Governments entered into the Bilateral Agreement between the Commonwealth of Australia and the State of Tasmania on the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

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Intergovernmental Agreement on National Digital Health - 21 November 2018

An agreement to establish and support the Australian Digital Health Agency and to contribute to the incremental transformation of the way health information is used to plan, manage and deliver healthcare services through the implementation of a world class digital health capability in Australia.

An agreement between the Commonwealth of Australia and all States and Territories

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Bilateral Agreement between the Commonwealth of Australia and the State of South Australia on the National Disability Insurance Scheme - 29 June 2018

On 29 June 2018, the Commonwealth and South Australian Governments entered into the Bilateral Agreement between the Commonwealth of Australia and the State of South Australia on the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

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Bilateral Agreement between the Commonwealth of Australia and the State of New South Wales on the National Disability Insurance Scheme - 25 May 2018

On 25 May 2018, the Commonwealth and New South Wales Governments entered into the Bilateral Agreement between the Commonwealth of Australia and the State of New South Wales on the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

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Intergovernmental Agreement on the National Redress Scheme for Institutional Child Sexual Abuse - 4 May 2018

The Intergovernmental Agreement on the National Redress Scheme for Institutional Child Sexual Abuse provides the foundation for Commonwealth, State and Territory governments to work together to implement the National Redress Scheme. The Scheme aims to recognise and alleviate the impact of past institutional child sexual and related abuse, and provide justice for people who have experienced institutional child sexual abuse.

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