Intergovernmental Agreements Australia

In some cases – for example, where the Minister intends to report South Australia`s participation in a National Partnership Agreement or other intergovernmental agreement, particularly when it comes to unbudgeted public costs – the Minister should prepare a Cabinet Motion to obtain Cabinet approval. A cabinet note (or proposal) should be prepared prior to these meetings to inform cabinet of the Minister`s proposed position on important issues. However, when ministers participate in intergovernmental meetings of a rather routine nature, it is not necessary to advise cabinet prior to the meeting. Detailed commitments of the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) may be recorded through intergovernmental agreements or declarations of cooperation. In many cases, the agreements were a precursor to the adoption of Commonwealth or state and territory laws. The agreements reached at COAG level clearly show that the results are supported by the Heads of Government and that they are more topical and forceful than ministerial reports and communiqués which may not always contain detailed political and/or operational issues. Contact the Cabinet Office, Intergovernmental Relations or the DTF Budget Branch for support or questions. Early engagement, in particular with regard to financing agreements, is encouraged. It is not necessary to inform about the outcome of intergovernmental meetings, unless important issues arise at the meeting or the results are significantly different from those of which Cabinet was informed prior to the meeting. The Cabinet Office may provide advice on a case-by-case basis on intergovernmental matters to be referred to the Cabinet.

As a general rule, all intergovernmental agreements must be approved by the Cabinet before being signed by the competent Prime Minister or Minister. However, some exceptions exist, in particular: 6. In deciding on the adoption of standards, guidelines or targets, the Authority will consider the most effective way to achieve the necessary national environmental outcomes. The Authority will also take into account existing intergovernmental mechanisms for such measures. The Northern Australia Indigenous Development Agreement (Agreement) is an intergovernmental agreement to develop indigenous economic development as a critical part of the Northern Development Agenda. The Agreement recognizes that indigenous participation in the economy is essential to the full realization of the development of Northern Australia and provides a framework for governments to cooperate and individually promote the economic development of indigenous people in northern Australia. 5. The Parties agree that First Ministers have ultimate responsibility for intergovernmental considerations and final decisions related to the national greenhouse gas strategy.. . . .

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