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The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) met on Friday 13 December 2013, and agreed that its Council system should be streamlined and refocused on COAG’s priorities. COAG decided that there would be a reduced number of standing councils. The Standing Council on Primary Industries is not included in the list of councils to continue under COAG and has been discontinued.

For further information on the COAG meeting please refer to the communiqué.


The Standing Council on Primary Industries (SCoPI) was launched in September 2011 as part of a new council system for Council of Australian Governments (COAG).
SCoPI is the peak forum to:

  • pursue and monitor priority issues of national significance affecting Australia’s primary production sectors which require a sustained and collaborative effort across jurisdictions; and
  • address key areas of shared Commonwealth, state and territory responsibility and funding for Australia’s primary production sectors.

SCoPI’s priority issues are:

  • reform of the national biosecurity system
  • promoting the ongoing productivity and sustainability of the agriculture, fisheries and forestry industries
  • undertaking coordinated action across jurisdictions to strengthen long-term food security.

SCoPI has subsumed parts of the two previous ministerial councils, the Primary Industries Ministerial Council (PIMC) and the Natural Resource Management Ministerial Council (NRMMC). For more information on PIMC and NRMMC refer to the background pages.

Last Updated: 12 February 2014 2/12/2014 1:10 PM

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