Australia's Federation: an agenda for reform

Australia's Federation: an agenda for reform

30 June 2011

© Commonwealth of Australia 2011
ISBN 978-1-74229-443-8

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Members of the Committee (PDF 7KB)
Terms of Reference (PDF 4KB)
Abbreviations (PDF 6KB)
Recommendations (PDF 27KB)
Chapter 1 - Overview of Australian federalism (PDF 159KB)

The federal model
The strengths of federation
Evolution of the Australian federation and its limitations
A time for review
Committee view

Chapter 2 - Constitutional questions (PDF 102KB)

Constitutional interpretation and centralisation of federal power
Cooperative legislative schemes and the referring of powers
Committee view

Chapter 3 - Intergovernmental relations (PDF 87KB)

Vertical mechanisms
Horizontal mechanisms
Submitter views on intergovernmental mechanisms
Committee view

Chapter 4 - Vertical fiscal imbalance (PDF 145KB)

VFI within the Australian federal system
Managing VFI within the Australian federation
Intergovernmental agreement on federal financial relations
Concerns with the effect of VFI on Australia's federal system
Options for reform
Committee view

Chapter 5 - Horizontal fiscal equalisation (PDF 49KB)

Distribution: Legislation and Commonwealth Grants Commission
Views on HFE in Australia
Incentives and disincentives
Financial Assistance Grants – Local Government

Chapter 6 - Local government (PDF 197KB)

The funding of local government
Concerns with Commonwealth and state/territory funding for local governments
Constitutional recognition
Obstacles in the path of Constitutional recognition
Committee view

Chapter 7 - Regional governance and service delivery (PDF 64KB)

A role for regions
The Regional Development Australia initiative
Local government and regionalism
Regional government - the radical alternative
Committee view

Chapter 8 - Reforming the federation (PDF 68KB)

An architecture supporting cooperation and competition
Implementing the principles of reform

Appendix 1 - Submissions (PDF 5KB)
Appendix 2 - Public Hearings (PDF 6KB)

Thursday, 2 December 2010 - Sydney
Tuesday, 1 February 2011 - Brisbane
Wednesday, 9 March 2011 - Perth
Thursday, 5 May 2011 - Canberra

Appendix 3 - Answers to questions on notice* (PDF 1337KB)

COAG Reform Council
NSW Business Chamber
Western Australian Local Government Association
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

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