The Council of Australian Governments

The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) is the peak intergovernmental forum in Australia.

The members of COAG are the Prime Minister, state and territory Premiers and Chief Ministers and the President of the Australian Local Government Association.

The role of COAG is to promote policy reforms that are of national significance or which need coordinated action by all Australian governments.

See the Intergovernmental agreements page for all agreements signed by Commonwealth and state and territory governments.

Summary of key dates

The following are key COAG dates relating to the establishment of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS):

  • On 19 August 2011, COAG welcomed the public release of the Productivity Commission's final report on Disability Care and Support and agreed on the need for major reform of disability services in Australia through a NDIS.
  • On 25 July 2012, COAG noted progress in establishing the first stage of a NDIS from July 2013, and that the Commonwealth had reached in-principle agreements with South Australia, Tasmania and the Australian Capital Territory.
  • On 7 December 2012, COAG reaffirmed its ongoing commitment to the NDIS by signing an Intergovernmental Agreement for the NDIS Launch. New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, Tasmania and the Australian Capital Territory signed bilateral agreements with the Commonwealth which confirmed the operational and funding details for the NDIS trial in each site, commencing in 2013 and 2014.
  • On 19 April 2013, COAG agreed to a set of principles for determining the responsibilities of the NDIS and other service systems, such as the health system.COAG also welcomed in-principle agreement between the Commonwealth and Northern Territory to a launch of the NDIS in the Barkly region from July 2014.
  • On 2 May 2014, COAG agreed to list the NDIS as a standing agenda item.
  • On 16 September 2015, a bilateral agreement was signed by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and New South Wales Premier Mike Baird for the roll out of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in New South Wales. You can read the NSW agreement on the COAG website (external).
  • On 16 September 2015, a bilateral agreement was signed by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Victorian Permier Daniel Andrews for the roll out of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in Victoria. You can read the Victorian agreement on the COAG website (external).
  • On 27 April 2016, the Commonwealth and Western Australian governments signed agreements (external) to extend the current National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) trials to July 2017 and expand those trials to additional locations in the state. As part of these agreements, the Commonwealth and Western Australia governments have set the target to finalise arrangements for the state wide roll out of the NDIS in Western Australia by October 2016, with the rollout expected to start on 1 July 2017.
  • On 5 May 2016 the Commonwealth and Northern Territory governments signed an agreement(external) for the full rollout of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), one of the largest social policy reforms in Australia’s history.

For more information about COAG and meeting outcomes, please visit the COAG website.