On 29 May 2020, the Prime Minister announced that the Premiers, Chief Ministers and he had agreed to continue the National Cabinet established to coordinate Australia’s response to COVID-19, form a new National Federation Reform Council and cease the Council of Australian Governments.

As a result the former COAG Health Council is now known as the Health Council.

On 26 June 2020, National Cabinet agreed that former Director-General of the Western Australian Department of Premier and Cabinet and former Commonwealth Cabinet Secretary Mr Peter Conran AM will lead a review of the former COAG Councils and Ministerial Forums with a view to rationalise and reset their work. National Cabinet also agreed to Terms of Reference for the Review which set out avenues for consultation with Commonwealth and state and territory ministers and officials.

On 23 October 2020 National Cabinet accepted the Review's recommendations that include reducing the number of ministerial forums and ensuring that those that remain are more agile and responsive, with direct responsibility for decision-making resting with Ministers.

For more information go to https://www.pmc.gov.au/domestic-policy/effective-commonwealth-state-relations