Meeting of Attorneys-General
About the Meeting of Attorneys-General
In 2020, there was a Ministerial Review into former Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Councils and Forums including the Council of Attorneys-General (CAG). National Cabinet endorsed the review’s recommendations for CAG to become a time-limited body and convene only when needed to progress up to 3 items of national priority, with specified sun-setting timeframes of no longer than 12 months.
The new body, known as the Meeting of Attorneys-General (MAG), comprises Attorneys-General from the Australian Government, all states and territories, and the New Zealand Minister for Justice. Its purpose is to implement a national and trans-Tasman focus on maintaining and promoting best practice in law reform.
In 2021, the MAG agenda will consist of 3 national priorities:
- Family Violence – National Information Sharing Framework
- Protecting Older Australians – National Register of Enduring Powers of Attorney, and
- Model Defamation Reform.
For more information on the review into former COAG Councils and Forums, visit the Effective Commonwealth-State Relations page of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet website.
Contacting the Meeting of Attorneys-General
Correspondence can be sent to MAGSecretariat@ag.gov.au or:
Meeting of Attorneys-General (MAG)
3-5 National Circuit
BARTON ACT 2600
The Council of Attorneys-General met up to twice a year, including a joint meeting with the Ministerial Council for Police and Emergency Management. Meeting communiqués are available below:
- Council of Attorneys-General (CAG) communiqué – July 2020
- Council of Attorneys-General (CAG) communiqué – November 2019
- Council of Attorneys-General (CAG) communiqué – June 2019
- Council of Attorneys-General and Ministerial Council for Police and Emergency Management 28 June 2019
- Council of Attorneys-General (CAG) communiqué – November 2018
- Council of Attorneys-General (CAG) communiqué – June 2018
- Council of Attorneys-General (CAG) communiqué – December 2017
3-5 National Circuit, BARTON ACT 2600