The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) is the peak intergovernmental forum in Australia.
It initiates, develops and monitors policy reforms of national significance which require co-operative action by Australian governments.
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.
COAG Industry and Skills Council
COAG established the COAG Industry and Skills Council (CISC) to develop and implement high-level policies that help Australian industry to be competitive, create jobs and attract investment. The Council focuses on major policy reforms that require Commonwealth-State collaboration.
The CISC is responsible for:
- Industry competitiveness, productivity and labour market pressures.
- Skills development and national training arrangements.
Membership of the COAG Industry and Skills Council comprises ministers from the Commonwealth, states and territories with portfolio responsibility for industry and skills in their jurisdiction.
The skills and industry streams of the Council routinely meet separately. This allows the respective ministers to focus on sector specific issues.