The Council of Grandparents or COGs as it has become better known was an initiative of Older People Speak Out from a forum they held in 2002 around issues for grandparents and kin carers of grandchildren.

A working party was established with representation from a number of older people’s organisations as well as some of the professional services including Centrelink.

Early in 2004, the group decided to formalize the organisation into a body that could move towards incorporation as a charitable entity.

As the Council is unfunded, Connect the Coast Assoc. was approached to auspice the organisation until such time as they could afford the costs attached to operating as a public entity.