This page is intended to provide information on the documents available on this site, and their purpose.
COAG documents are records of meetings of, or agreements by, the Council of Australian Governments. The major COAG documents on this site are the communiques of COAG meetings that considered National Competition Policy and related issues and relevant intergovernmental agreements.
COAG considered matters relevant to the development and implementation of, and follow up reform programs to, the National Competition Policy and Related Reforms on:
- 7 December 1992
- 8-9 June 1993
- 25 February 1994
- 19 August 1994
- 11 April 1995
- 3 November 2000
- 3 June 2005
- 10 February 2006
- 14 July 2006
- 13 April 2007
On 11 April 1995, COAG reached three intergovernmental agreements establishing the National Competition Policy and Related Reforms. These were the:
- Competition Principles Agreement
- Conduct Code Agreement
- Agreement to Implement the national Competition Policy and Related Reforms
These agreements, as agreed at 11 April 1995, are found in National Competition Council, Compendium of Agreements, Second Edition, 1998.
The Intergovernmental Agreement on a National Water Initiative (25 June 2004) addressed the 2005 National Competition Policy assessment of water reform progress.
Government National Competition Policy annual report
Under the Competition Principles Agreement each government party undertook to publish an annual report outlining its progress towards achieving objectives on competitive neutrality and legislation review and reform. During the National Competition Policy period, the Australian Government and each state and territory government provided annual reports on its progress against all reform commitments. Governments provided reports from 1997 to 2005.
Legislation review report
Under the Competition Principles Agreement, governments undertook to review all legislation that restricted competition and remove restrictions found not to be in the community interest. Review processes varied from internal desktop studies to reviews by consultants. Review reports were generally publicly available.
Legislation review schedule
The Australian Government and each state and territory government prepared a schedule listing the legislation that restricted competition that they had identified for review under the National Competition Policy.
The National Competition Council produced a compendium document amalgamating governments legislation review schedules and summarising review and reform activity relating to each piece of legislation. The compendium was last updated in 2006 so summarises outcomes over the period of the National Competition Policy.
NCC annual report
The National Competition Council reports annually to the Australian Parliament. Its first report was in 1996.
NCC assessment report
The National Competition Council assessed progress by governments in implementing their National Competition Policy and related reform (electricity, gas, water and road transport) commitments. The first general reform progress assessment was in 1997. There were subsequent assessments in 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005 (which was the final assessment).
In addition to these general reform progress assessments, the National Competition Council conducted supplementary and deferred assessments that addressed particular reform commitments. Where a government had not fully met a particular commitment at the time of the general progress assessment but there was evidence of progress, the supplementary and deferred assessments provided opportunity for the government to address outstanding matters.
NCC research report
As part of its role in assisting the implementation of the National Competition Policy and in building community awareness, the National Competition Council commissioned several research reports. The National Competition Council also provided brief information papers on particular reform matters.
National Competition Council officials made a number of speeches and issued press releases relating to the National Competition Policy.