Detailed commitments of the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) may be recorded through intergovernmental agreements or declarations of cooperation. An agreement on the establishment of a national system of regulation and investigation of railway safety comprising a single regulation and a single national railway safety regulatory authority, complemented by a national railway safety supervisor. For more information on other intergovernmental agreements, see below. In many cases, the agreements were a precursor to the adoption of Commonwealth or state and territory laws. The agreements reached at COAG level clearly show that the results are supported by the Heads of Government and that they are more topical and forceful than ministerial reports and communiqués which may not always contain detailed political and/or operational issues. The Northern Australia Indigenous Development Agreement (Agreement) is an intergovernmental agreement to develop indigenous economic development as a critical part of the Northern Development Agenda. The Agreement recognizes that indigenous participation in the economy is essential to the full realization of the development of Northern Australia and provides a framework for governments to cooperate and individually promote the economic development of indigenous people in northern Australia. An agreement to establish a national regulatory system for all heavy vehicles over 4.5 tonnes, consisting of uniform laws managed by a single national regulatory authority. An agreement to create and support the Australian Digital Health Agency and gradually transform the way health information is used for healthcare planning, management and delivery by implementing a world-class digital health capacity in Australia. An agreement between the Commonwealth and the States and Territories (NSW, WA, Tas, ACT and NT) An agreement between the Commonwealth and the States and Territories establishing national jurisdiction and a maritime safety regulator for all merchant ships in Australian waters. Intergovernmental agreements facilitating payments to states and national agreements under the Intergovernmental Agreement on Federal Financial Relations are available on the Council on Federal Financial Relations website.
This intergovernmental agreement aims to strengthen Australia`s biosafety system by strengthening national cooperation between Australian governments. . . .