The Commonwealth Grants Commission recommends how the revenues raised from the Goods and Services Tax (GST) should be distributed to the States and Territories to achieve horizontal fiscal equalisation (HFE). It is an independent statutory body which responds to terms of reference sent to it by the Commonwealth Treasurer. It makes its recommendations in consultation with the States and Territories and based on data provided by them and independent statistical sources.

Further information

  • Type of Body

    R. Management Board

  • Established By / Under

    Act / Regulation

  • Established By/Under More info

    Commonwealth Grants Commission Act 1973

  • Paid Members?


  • Max No. of Board/Committee Members


  • Annual Report Prepared and tabled?


  • Classification

    X. Internal Management

  • Auditor


  • Function Categorization

    Advisory Board

  • Creation Date

    30 May 1933

Current board appointments

Position Appointee Start Date End Date
Chair Mr. Michael Callaghan AM PSM 25 June 2020 24 June 2025
Member Dr. Lynne Williams AM 1 September 2021 31 August 2026
Member Emeritus Prof. Jeff Petchey 1 September 2021 31 August 2023
Member Dr The Hon. Peter Hendy 24 August 2017 23 August 2022
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