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Department of Premier and Cabinet

Intergovernmental relations

The Policy Division provides advice and coordinates the Government's involvement in a range of intergovernmental forums at a national and international level, including:

This requires extensive liaison with other Tasmanian Government agencies, to gather information and develop strategic advice to the Premier from a whole-of-government perspective. It also involves consultation with counterparts in the Australian Government and other state and territory governments.

Council of Australian Governments

COAG is the peak intergovernmental forum in Australia, and deals with nationally significant policy reform issues that require cooperative action across Australia. It is chaired by the Prime Minister and attended by all Premiers and Chief Ministers, as well as the President of the Australian Local Government Association.

The Policy Division is responsible for coordinating and preparing advice to the Premier on all issues on the COAG agenda, based on input from all Tasmanian Government agencies. The Division works closely with relevant agencies to represent Tasmania on the various working groups that are established to support the operation of COAG. Information about COAG meetings, including communiques regarding meeting outcomes, can be found on the COAG website.

Council for the Australian Federation

CAF was created in 2006 to enable states and territories to work together. The forum is used to develop joint state and territory positions on matters of national significance, and as a strategic body that can help shape and set the national policy agenda.

CAF comprises Premiers and chief ministers. Additional information can be found on the CAF website.

The Policy Division coordinates and prepares advice on issues on the CAF agenda as it does for COAG.

Parliamentary and other inquiries

The Policy Division provides advice on many state and national parliamentary inquiries, as well as other national inquiries that may have implications across a range of portfolio areas, such as Productivity Commission projects. Where necessary, the Division prepares whole-of-government submissions after consultation with relevant agencies.

International treaties

The Policy Division also coordinates the Tasmanian Government's comments and input on international treaties negotiated and ratified by the Australian Government.  The Division prepares advice and information from the State's perspective and sends a representative to meetings of the Standing Committee of Treaties (SCOT), a national forum of the federal, state and territory governments.  

For more information on Australia's treaties and treaty activities go to:

Australian Treaties Library

Australian Treaties Database - Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Australia International Treaty Making Information Kit

Further information

Policy Division
Phone: 03 6232 7180