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This determination provides for the Minister to credit amounts to the COAG Reform Fund for the purpose of providing general purpose financial assistance to the States.
Administered by: Treasury
Registered 19 Nov 2014
Tabling HistoryDate
Tabled HR24-Nov-2014
Tabled Senate24-Nov-2014


Federal Financial Relations ACt

Federal Financial Relations (General Purpose Financial Assistance) No. 64 (July 2014)

The Intergovernmental Agreement on Federal Financial Relations (the IGA) provides a robust foundation for collaboration on policy development and service delivery, and facilitates the implementation of economic and social reforms in areas of national importance.

In agreeing the new framework for federal financial relations, the Commonwealth committed to the provision of on‑going financial support for the States’ service delivery efforts through:

                general purpose financial assistance, including the on‑going provision of GST payments, to be used by the States for any purpose;

                National Specific Purpose Payments to be spent in the key service delivery sectors; and

                National Partnership payments to support the delivery of specified outputs or projects, to facilitate reforms or to reward those jurisdictions that deliver on nationally significant reforms.

The new federal financial framework commenced on 1 January 2009.  The payment provisions of the Intergovernmental Agreement are implemented through the Federal Financial Relations Act 2009.

General purpose financial assistance

The Federal Financial Relations Act 2009 provides for the Minister to credit amounts to the COAG Reform Fund for the purpose of providing general purpose financial assistance to the States in the form of general revenue assistance other than GST revenue grants.

                The COAG Reform Fund Act 2008 established the COAG Reform Fund and specifies that it is a Special Account for the purposes of the Financial Management and Accountability Act 1997.

To improve transparency, the Minister’s determinations in respect of general purpose financial assistance are legislative instruments and will be registered on the Federal Register of Legislative Instruments, but will not be disallowable.

                This clarifies that determinations made by the Minister under subsection 9(1) would not otherwise be legislative instruments within the meaning of section 5 of the Legislative Instruments Act 2003

                The Minister has an obligation under the Intergovernmental Agreement to make payments of general purpose financial assistance in a prescribed manner.  Exemption from the disallowance provisions will allow the Minister to meet this obligation.


The IGA was subject to extensive consultation with the States and was signed by all jurisdictions in December 2008.  The IGA is publicly available on the Ministerial Council for Federal Financial Relations website.  There is also extensive ongoing consultation with the States on general revenue assistance arrangements.


The determination commences on the day it was made.