National Indigenous Reform Agreement 2009

In July 2008, COAG adopted eight competition reforms with a view to their inclusion in the working programme of the Working Group on Business Regulation, as well as reform of regulatory and review procedures. Over the past 12 months, governments have moved from general commitments to reform to specific measures in all 27 areas, in order to achieve a real difference in the economy. Under the new national disability agreement, the Commonwealth will make approximately $5.3 billion available to states through a five-year contract for specialized services for the disabled, an increase of $408 million. Today, states and the Commonwealth are committed to helping people with disabilities achieve economic and social inclusion, have the choice, well-being and opportunity to live as independently as possible, and support their families and caregivers. To achieve these results, states and the Commonwealth will support services that provide skills and help people with disabilities live as independently as possible. It will also provide services that will help people with disabilities live in stable and sustainable living conditions and help families and their caregivers play a role in care. This new federal fiscal framework is the culmination of extensive joint work at all levels of government. It begins on 1 January 2009 and provides a solid basis for COAG to implement economic and social reforms to support growth, prosperity and social cohesion in the future. COAG has endorsed a number of national principles to inform about the new application of feed-in tariffs and the revision of existing rules. These principles will promote national regulatory coherence across Australia. COAG has agreed to establish a national electronic transport system that will set up a single electronic system for carrying out real estate transactions and hosting land titles. Prime Minister Kevin Rudd announced the creation of the National Indigenous Health Equality Council (NIHEC) at the 2008 National Indigenous Health Equality Summit.

NIHEC provides national leadership in bridging the health gap for Torres Strait Aborigines and Islanders by bringing together representatives of the Australian governments and the Aborigines and the Torres Strait Islander, as well as the mainstream health sector.