About the Council

The Council plays a key role in delivering national reforms to improve the efficiency and productivity of Australia's infrastructure and transport systems, and ensure these systems drive economic growth, increase employment opportunities, support social connectivity and enhance quality of life for all Australians.

The Council's national reform priorities are framed around the following key themes:

  • Integrating national rail, road, aviation, port and maritime supply chains, and improving integration between land use and infrastructure planning;
  • Improving system efficiency and extracting the greatest use from existing infrastructure, while at the same time meeting community expectations of safety, security, access and reliability;
  • Developing sustainable, efficient funding and delivery models;
  • Improving the capacity of infrastructure and transport systems to respond to new and emerging challenges and pressures–and to lessen the need for high cost new infrastructure;
  • Improving the environmental performance of infrastructure and transport systems –including mitigating adverse environmental effects, such as transport emissions;
  • Continuing a focus on transport safety while maintaining awareness of technological developments (positive and disruptive) that may impact safety and security; and
  • Removing barriers to innovation, and capitalising on new and emerging technologies.

The Council operates under the COAG Council System and Best Practice Secretariat Operations.


Chairing responsibility resides with the Commonwealth with the Council usually meeting twice a year with venues rotating among the States, Territories and New Zealand.

At the end of each meeting, the Council issues a communiqué that summarises the meeting's discussions and outcomes. The communiqués are available on the Communiqué page of this web site.