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The Commonwealth Grants Commission (CGC) is an independent statutory authority established on the 17th July 1933 under the Commonwealth Grants Commission Act 1973 to recommend to Government how the revenues raised from the Goods and Services Tax (GST) should be distributed to the States and Territories to achieve horizontal fiscal equalisation. 

As a non-Corporate entity within the Treasury Portfolio, the following legislation also applies to the CGC:

The CGC works with the Council of Australian Governments to support the implementation the objectives of the Intergovernmental Agreement on Federal Financial Relations, a framework for federal financial relations which provides a robust foundation for collaboration on policy development and service delivery and facilitate the implementation of economic and social reforms in areas of national importance. 

Further information can be found on the Council on Federal Financial Relations website. 


Statements of Expectation and Intent

Statement of Expectations (PDF 270 KB)

Statement of Expectations(DOCX 32 KB)


Statement of Intent (PDF 88 KB)

Statement of Intent (DOCX 28 KB)



Further information on governance arrangements within the CGC can be found in the Annual Report or is available by contacting us via services [at] cgc.gov.au (subject: Governance%20Arrangements%3A) (email.)