National Capital Authority

Section 1: Agency overview and resources

1.1 Strategic direction statement

The National Capital Authority (NCA) is established under the Australian Capital Territory (Planning and Land Management) Act 1988 (the PALM Act).

The PALM Act prescribes the NCA's powers and functions and makes it subject to general Ministerial direction. The Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development administers the PALM Act.

The NCA performs a special role as trustee of the National Capital and, in this capacity, serves the interests of the Australian Government, the nation and its people. The NCA is responsible for shaping the National Capital into the future, as well as caring for the special parts of Canberra and informing and educating Australians about our National Capital.

The functions of the NCA are set out in section 6 of the PALM Act and include:

  • To prepare and administer a National Capital Plan.
  • To keep the National Capital Plan under constant review and to propose amendments to it when necessary.
  • On behalf of the Commonwealth, to commission works to be carried out in Designated Areas in accordance with the National Capital Plan where neither a Department of State of the Commonwealth nor any Commonwealth authority has the responsibility to commission those works.
  • To recommend to the Minister the carrying out of works that it considers desirable to maintain or enhance the character of the National Capital.
  • To foster an awareness of Canberra as the National Capital.
  • With the approval of the Minister, to perform planning services for any person or body, whether within Australia or overseas; and
  • With the Minister's approval, on behalf of the Commonwealth, to manage National Land designated in writing by the Minister as land required for the special purposes of Canberra as the National Capital.

These functions provide the necessary administrative framework to support the planning and design of the nationally significant parts of Canberra; to manage programmes to inform and educate all Australians of the unique characteristics and importance of Canberra as their National Capital; and to manage Commonwealth assets on behalf of the Australian Government. Assets managed by the NCA include Anzac Parade and its memorials, the Parliamentary Zone, the diplomatic estate, roads, bridges, Scrivener Dam and Lake Burley Griffin.

The NCA's key priorities in 2014–15 include:

  • Completing the review of the National Capital Plan.
  • Continuing to implement the five year, comprehensive programme of activities to inform Australians and visitors about the role and significance of the National Capital.
  • Maintaining a safe, attractive and accessible Central National Area.
  • Managing a variety of assets to ensure their condition is commensurate with the National Capital's prominence.
  • Implementing the NCA's heritage strategy, including policies and actions under formal heritage management plans.
  • Completing construction of the Bowen Place crossing; and
  • Managing the introduction of pay parking on National Land.

1.2: Agency Resource Statement

Table 1.1 shows the total resources from all sources.

Table 1.1: Agency resource statement—Budget estimates for 2014–15 as at Budget May 2014

1.3: Budget measures

Budget measures in Part 1 relating to the NCA are detailed in Budget Paper No. 2 and are summarised below.

Table 1.2: Agency 2014–15 Budget measures

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