National Capital Authority

Section 2: Outcomes and Planned Performance

2.1: Outcomes and performance information

Outcomes are the intended results, impacts or consequences of actions by the Australian Government on the Australian community. Programmes are the primary vehicle by which government agencies achieve the intended results of their outcome statements. Agencies are required to identify the programmes which contribute to Australian Government outcomes over the Budget and forward years.

The NCA's outcome is described below together with its related programmes, specifying the performance indicators and targets used to assess and monitor the performance of the NCA in achieving Australian Government outcomes.

Outcome 1: Manage the strategic planning, promotion and enhancement of Canberra as the National Capital for all Australians through the development and administration of the National Capital Plan, operation of the National Capital Exhibition, delivery of education and awareness programmes and works to enhance the character of the National Capital.

Outcome 1 Strategy

The functions of the NCA establish the extent of the Australian Government's interest in the National Capital and are set out in section 6 of the PALM Act. The NCA's outcome, programmes, objectives and deliverables are directly related to these statutory functions.
The NCA's objectives are to:

  • Realise the promise of the city plan and the ideals of the founders.
  • Foster Canberra as the National Capital.
  • Develop the special character of the National Capital.

Outcome 1 expense statement

Table 2.1 provides an overview of the total expenses for Outcome 1, by programme.

Table 2.1: Budgeted expenses for Outcome 1

Contributions to Outcome 1

Programme 1.1: National Capital Functions
Programme 1.1 Objective

The objectives of Programme 1.1 are to:
  • Realise the promise of the city plan and the ideals of the founders.
  • Foster Canberra as the National Capital.
  • Develop the special character of the National Capital.
Programme 1.1 Expenses
  2013–14
Estimated
actual
$'000
2014–15
Budget

$'000
2015–16
Forward
estimate
$'000
2016–17
Forward
estimate
$'000
2017–18
Forward
estimate
$'000
Annual departmental expenses          
1.1.1 Canberra and the Australian Territory are planned and developed in accordance with their national significance 3,091 3,064 3,035 3,021 3,051
1.1.2 Promotion and awareness of the significance of Canberra as the National Capital 2,544 2,521 2,500 2,491 2,515
1.1.3 Advocacy, enhancement and management of the National Capital estate 12,389 13,145 13,003 12,994 13,124
Expenses not requiring appropriation in the Budget year1 1,030 1,033 1,033 1,033 1,033
Total programme expenses 19,054 19,763 19,571 19,539 19,723

Notes:

  1. Expenses not requiring appropriation in the Budget year is made up of depreciation and amortisation expenses and resources received free of charge.
Programme 1.1 Deliverables

In 2014–15 and the forward years, the NCA will:
  • Ensure that Canberra and the Australian Capital Territory are planned and developed in accordance with their national significance. This will involve assessing and approving applications to undertake works in Designated Areas, preparing development control plans, urban design guidelines, master plans and draft amendments to the National Capital Plan.
  • Inform and educate Australians and visitors about the role and significance of Canberra as the National Capital by operating two visitor attractions (National Capital Exhibition and Blundells Cottage), and delivering touring exhibitions with education programmes outside of Canberra.
  • Enhance and manage the National Capital estate by recommending and delivering works, upgrading and managing assets (including Lake Burley Griffin, major roads, civil infrastructure, open spaces and heritage listed landscaped areas) that are required for the special purposes of Canberra as the National Capital.
Deliverables 2013–14
Estimated
actual
2014–15
Budget
2015–16
Forward
estimate
2016–17
Forward
estimate
2017–18
Forward
estimate
1.1.1 Canberra and the Australian Territory are planned and developed in accordance with their national significance  
Draft amendment to the National Capital Plan 2 2 2 2 2
Works approvals granted 300 300 300 300 300
Master plans / development control guidelines / urban design guidelines 6 6 6 6 6
1.1.2 Promotion and awareness of the significance of Canberra as the National Capital  
Visitors to the National Capital Exibition1 160,000 n/a n/a n/a n/a
Visits to online information and education materials on NCA website2 5,500 n/a n/a n/a n/a
Visitors to the NCA's visitor attractions in Canberra (National Capital Exibition and Blundells Cottage) n/a 140,000 140,000 140,000 140,000
Visitors to the NCA's touring exibition and education programmes outside of Canberra n/a 40,000 40,000 40,000 40,000
1.1.3 Advocacy, enhancement and management of the National Capital estate  
Facilitated events on National Land (events organised by external parties) 1,000 1,000 1,000 1,000 1,000
License fee reviews completed3 n/a 3 4 4 1
Diplomatic rent reviews completed4 5 n/a n/a n/a n/a
Contract management peer reviews5 5 n/a n/a n/a n/a
Value of assets under NCA management $812m $806m $798m $790m $782m

Notes:

  1. “Visitors to the National Capital Exhibition” has been discontinued and a new deliverable “Visitors to the NCA's visitor attractions in Canberra…” introduced to recognise the importance of Blundells Cottage as a national attraction.
  2. “Visitors to online information…” has been discontinued and a new deliverable “Visitors to the NCA's touring exhibition…” introduced to recognise a new direction in delivering information about the national capital to people outside of Canberra.
  3. A new deliverable has been introduced for “License fee reviews completed” due to the importance of managing revenues collected by the NCA on behalf of the Australian Government.
  4. In 2008, the ANAO recommended that policy options for diplomatic leasing arrangements be developed that balance both revenue and foreign policy considerations. The Australian Government's recent decision to agree the proposed new diplomatic leasing arrangements have resulted in diplomatic land rent reviews being discontinued. Future Crown leases for diplomatic purposes will no longer contain this requirement and current Crown leases are being adjusted to remove the requirement with immediate effect. As a consequence, the deliverable for diplomatic rent reviews included in recent statements has been discontinued.
  5. Contract management peer reviews were conducted internally to assess the efficacy of contract management plans, principally within the Estate function. Comprehensive contract management reviews conducted by way of internal reviews associated with the Certificate of Compliance are more effective in assessing performance throughout the agency and the deliverable for peer reviews included in recent statements has been discontinued.
Programme 1.1 Key performance indicators

  • The national significance of Canberra is reflected in the National Capital Plan. The key performance indicator focuses on ensuring development works are consistent with the National Capital Plan and assessing applications for works approval in an efficient and effective manner.
  • A key performance indicator measures the increased awareness of the special importance of Canberra as the National Capital as a result of visiting the National Capital Exhibition and Blundells Cottage.
  • Timely response to maintenance issues is critical to the successful management of assets on National Land. The NCA allocates response time targets based on the urgency of the maintenance issue. Meeting these targets is an indicator of appropriately protecting the National Capital estate. The key performance indicator measures the percentage of maintenance issues addressed within the target timeframes.
Key Performance Indicators 2013–14
Estimated
actual
2014–15
Budget
2015–16
Forward
estimate
2016–17
Forward
estimate
2017–18
Forward
estimate
1.1.1 Percentage of works approval applications assessed against the National Capital Plan within 15 working days 90% 90% 90% 90% 90%
1.1.2 Percentage of surveyed visitors to the National Capital Exibition and Blundells Cottage who report an increased awarenes of the special importance of Canberra as the National Capital 90% 90% 90% 90% 90%
1.1.3 Percentage of building and civil infrastructure maintenance issues resolved within required timeframes 90% 90% 90% 90% 90%
Programme 1.2: National Capital Estate
Programme 1.2 Objective

The objectives of Programme 1.2 are to:
  • Develop and renew the special character of the National Capital estate.
  • Mitigate risk associated with management of the National Capital estate.
Programme 1.2 Expenses
2013–14
Estimated
actual
2014–15
Budget
2015–16
Forward
estimate
2016–17
Forward
estimate
2017–18
Forward
estimate
Annual administered expenses          
Administered items 624 625 635 684 691
Expenses not requiring appropriation in the Budget year1 21,003 21,323 21,483 21,643 21,813
Total programme expenses 21,627 21,948 22,118 22,327 22,504

Notes:

  1. Expenses not requiring appropriation in the Budget year is made up of depreciation and amortisation expenses and expenses related to the write-down of assets.
Programme 1.2 Deliverables

In 2014–15 and the forward years, the NCA will:
  • Obtain and retain appropriate levels of insurance cover for the main risks associated with assets on National Land.
  • Ensure that assets on National Land are developed and renewed in accordance with their national significance.
Deliverables 2013–14
Estimated
actual
2014–15
Budget
2015–16
Forward
estimate
2016–17
Forward
estimate
2017–18
Forward
estimate
Value of development and renewal works in the National Capital estate $19m $16m $13m $14m $14m
Programme 1.2 Key performance indicators

The key performance indicator for Programme 1.2 is minimising impairment of assets on national land by obtaining and retaining appropriate levels of insurance cover
Key Performance Indicators 2013–14
Estimated
actual
2014–15
Budget
2015–16
Forward
estimate
2016–17
Forward
estimate
2017–18
Forward
estimate
Number of impaired assets on National Land 0 0 0 0 0

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