Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Industry and Skills Council

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COAG is the peak intergovernmental forum in Australia. Its role is to initiate, develop and monitor the implementation of policy reforms of national significance which require co-operative action by Australian governments.

COAG is supported by inter-jurisdictional, ministerial-level Councils that facilitate consultation and cooperation between the Commonwealth and the States and Territories in specific policy areas.

COAG Councils

COAG Councils pursue and monitor priority issues of national significance and take joint action to resolve issues that arise between governments. Councils also develop policy reforms for consideration by COAG, and oversee the implementation of policy reforms agreed by COAG.

The Industry and Skills Council is one of these COAG Councils.

Council membership

Membership of the COAG Industry and Skills Council comprises Ministers from the Commonwealth, State and Territories with portfolio responsibility for Industry and Skills in their jurisdiction.


At the conclusion of each COAG Industry and Skills Council meeting, a communique is released as a public record of the meeting. COAG Industry and Skills Council communiqués are published at the close of each meeting.

Former Standing Council on Tertiary Education, Skills and Industry

On 13 December 2013, COAG agreed that the Council System should be streamlined and refocused. As a result the COAG Industry and Skills Council has been established to replace the former Standing Council for Tertiary Education Skills and Employment (SCOTESE).