In response to the Hawke review of Ministerial Councils, the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) directed that the Ministerial Council on Gambling formally cease by March 2011.
Work on gambling reform is now pursued through the time limited COAG Select Council on Gambling Reform.
The COAG Select Council on Gambling Reform was established in 2010 and is co-chaired by the Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, the Hon Jenny Macklin MP, and the Assistant Treasurer, the Hon Bill Shorten MP.
Membership includes Australian, State and Territory Government Treasurers and Ministers with responsibility for gambling regulation or Treasury portfolios and community and human services portfolios. There are up to two Ministerial representatives from each jurisdiction to ensure that both economic and social portfolios are represented.
The Select Council on Gambling Reform has met three times: on 22 October 2010, 25 February 2011 and again on 27 May 2011.
The Select Council is expected to meet again in the second half of 2011 to continue the work of the Council, including to consider its national response to the Productivity Commission Inquiry Report into Gambling.
Terms of Reference for the COAG Select Council on Gambling Reform
COAG Select Council on Gambling Reform Communiqués