In early 2011, the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) agreed to establish a new streamlined council system, comprised of three council types:

  • Standing Councils – Ongoing and address items of national significance;
  • Select Councils – Reform focused and time-limited; and
  • Legislative and Governance Fora – To oversee responsibilities set out in legislation, intergovernmental agreements (IGAs) and treaties outside the scope of Standing Councils.

As part of this, the Ministerial Council on Energy and the Ministerial Council on Mineral and Petroleum Resources were amalgamated to form the Standing Council on Energy and Resources. 

To find out more about the new COAG council system, visit the COAG website.