Intergovernmental Agreement on
Federal Financial Relations

The Intergovernmental Agreement [PDF 39KB]represents the most significant reform of Australia's federal financial relations in decades. It aims to improve the quality and effectiveness of government services by reducing Commonwealth prescriptions on service delivery by the States, providing them with increased flexibility in the way they deliver services to the Australian people.

It also provides for clearer specification of the roles and responsibilities of each level of government and an improved focus on accountability for the achievement of outcomes.

The Intergovernmental Agreement is designed to be a living document, with detailed arrangements set out in schedules which can be updated as necessary, with the agreement of COAG.

Schedules to the Intergovernmental Agreement

Current Schedules
Schedule title PDF RTF
Schedule A - Institutional Arrangements 199KB 196KB
Schedule B - Taxation Reform 23KB 135KB
Schedule C - Public Accountability and Performance Reporting 35KB 156KB
Schedule D - Payment Arrangements 377KB 460KB
Schedule E - National Policy and Reform Objective 32KB 169KB
Schedule F - National Agreements    
Schedule G - National Partnerships    
Superseded Schedules
Schedule title PDF RTF
Schedule A - Institutional Arrangements (to December 2011) 42B N/A
Schedule C - Public Accountability and Performance Reporting (to December 2011) 31KB 162KB
Schedule E - National Policy and Reform Objective (to December 2011) 28KB 169KB
Schedule A - Institutional Arrangements (to August 2011) 46KB 194KB
Schedule D - Payment Arrangements (effective August 2011 to April 2013) 85KB 467KB
Schedule D - Payment Arrangements (effective 25 March 2009 to August 2011) 361KB 533KB
Schedule D - Payment Arrangements (to March 2009) 60KB 333KB