June 2022 National Cabinet Meeting ￼
On the 17th of June, Prime Minister Anthony Albanese chaired the first national cabinet since the election to discuss the priorities of the nation.
Originally established in response to the Covid-19 Pandemic, the National Cabinet is the Australian intergovernmental decision-making forum composed of the Prime Minister and state and territory Premiers and Chief Ministers.
The key topics discussed at today’s National Cabinet are outlined below:
- The Commonwealth Government will extend the National Partnership on COVID-19 Response for a further three months to 31 December 2022, at a cost of approximately $760 million.
- First Ministers will work to identify more practical ways to:
- Get aged care residents and NDIS participants out of the hospital and into a more appropriate setting.
- Streamline processes within the national health system
- Improve the connection between GPs and Hospitals
- The First Secretaries Group, chaired by Professor Glyn Davis, has been tasked with developing improvements to the way the health system operates.
- The Federal Government is committed to increasing investment in primary care
- The Commonwealth will work with states and territories to determine the final locations of the Medicare Urgent Care Clinics.
Economic and Fiscal Outlook
- National Cabinet affirmed the need to urgently address skills shortages.
- The Commonwealth will urgently address the backlog in processing visa applications in areas of skills shortages, reducing visa processing times and prioritising training and migration.
- Treasury Secretary, Dr Steven Kennedy, provided an update on the economic and fiscal outlook for 2022.
- The Council on Federal Financial Relations (CFFR), chaired by treasurer Jim Chalmers, will provide advice on pressures on Commonwealth and State and Territory budgets, including anticipated fiscal pressures with a focus on areas of joint funding responsibility.
- First Secretaries were tasked with providing advice on the role of Ministerial Councils in progressing national priorities, with a sharpened focus on productivity improvements.
The Uluru Statement from the Heart
- States and Territories expressed their support for a referendum to constitutionally enshrine a Voice to Parliament in the Constitution as a matter of priority.
Energy and Climate Change
- The National Cabinet committed to a reduction in Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions of 43% below 2005 levels by 2030
- Senior national security officials provided First Ministers with an update on national security issues
- The Cabinet is committed to making disaster recovery funding arrangements consistent, streamlined and equitable.
The National Cabinet has agreed to meet a minimum of four times a year or as necessary and will next meet prior to the Federal Budget in October 2022.
National Cabinet will invite a representative of Local Government once a year to ensure all levels of Government are represented.
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