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.
COAG’s role is to promote policy reform that is important to the whole country, or needs to be coordinated by all states and territories and the Commonwealth government.
See the Intergovernmental agreements page for all agreements signed by Commonwealth and state and territory governments.
Summary of key dates
The following are key dates in COAG’s role in establishing the NDIS:
- On 19 August 2011, the Productivity Commission released its final report on Disability Care and Support, and COAG agreed on the need for major reform of disability services in Australia by establishing an NDIS.
- On 25 July 2012, COAG noted the first stage of an NDIS would begin 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 signed an Intergovernmental Agreement for the NDIS Launch (PDF 229KB). New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, Tasmania and the Australian Capital Territory signed bilateral agreements with the Commonwealth – these agreements confirm how the Scheme trials would be rolled out and paid for in each site, starting 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). (External website)
- 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). (External website)
- On 16 March 2016, the Commonwealth and Queensland Governments signed a bilateral agreement for the roll out of the NDIS in Queensland. The agreement is available on the COAG website (external) (External website).
- On 27 April 2016, the Commonwealth and Western Australian governments signed agreements (external) (External website) to extend the NDIS trials to July 2017 and expand them to other places in the state.
- On 5 May 2016 the Commonwealth and Northern Territory governments signed an agreement (external) (External website) for the full rollout of the NDIS in the NT.
- On 13 December 2017, the Commonwealth and Western Australian governments announced a bilateral agreement (external) (External website) for the rollout of the national NDIS (delivered by the NDIA) in Western Australia. The signing of this agreement means the national NDIS will be delivered by the NDIA across every state and territory.
For more information about COAG and meeting outcomes, please visit the COAG website (external) (External website).
Disability Reform Council
The COAG Disability Reform Council (DRC) is a forum for Governments to discuss issues and develop disability policy, including the NDIS.
DRC oversees the implementation of the NDIS, and makes recommendations to COAG on the transition to the NDIS. DRC ensures a range of reforms are implemented through the National Disability Agreement and the National Disability Strategy to support people with disability, their families and carers.
Disability Reform Council Members
DRC is chaired by the Commonwealth Minister responsible for disability and consists of Commonwealth, State and Territory Ministers within disability and treasury portfolios.
For more information on the Disability Reform Council, visit the Department of Social Services website (external) (External website).