The National Capital Authority
The National Capital Authority (NCA) is established under the Australian Capital Territory (Planning and Land Management) Act 1988 (the Act).
The Act prescribes the NCA's powers and functions and makes it subject to general Ministerial direction. The Minister for Major Projects, Local Government and Territories administers the Act.
The role and responsibility of the NCA, as prescribed in the Act, can be summarised in three broad areas:
- planning and design of the nationally significant parts of Canberra. Areas for which the NCA has planning responsibility include Anzac Parade, the Parliamentary Zone, Defence and security areas, the foreshores of Lake Burley Griffin and the diplomatic precinct. The NCA's planning framework ensures that the bush capital character of the city is preserved.
- information and education. The NCA manages programs to inform and educate all Australians of the unique characteristics and importance of Canberra as their National Capital. The NCA manages the National Capital Exhibition (which attracts 140 000 visitors per year), travels a touring exhibition program, prepares teacher education packs linked to the National Curriculum and is harnessing digital technologies to provide cost effective communication strategies.
- managing the National Capital estate. The NCA manages Commonwealth assets with a combined value of $800 million on behalf of the Australian Government. Assets managed by the NCA include Anzac Parade and its memorials, the Parliamentary Zone, the diplomatic estate (including managing leases with foreign missions), roads, bridges, Scrivener Dam and Lake Burley Griffin. The NCA is responsible for 20 listed, five nominated and two indicative places on the Commonwealth Heritage List and one nominated and two listed places on the National Heritage List.
As required in the Act, the National Capital Plan sets out general planning policies and principles for overall development of the ACT. It also sets out detailed conditions of planning, design and development for Designated Areas, which are areas that have the special characteristics of the National Capital. Under section 12 of the Act, the NCA is responsible for approving works in a Designated Area. Map 1 shows the Designated Areas for which the NCA has responsibility for works approvals.
The Designated Areas map include all major approach routes to Canberra, the Parliamentary Zone, Lake Burley Griffin and Surrounding Parklands, the Mount Majura Nature Reserve and Stromlo forest.
Most of the National Land the NCA manages is in the public domain and located in the Central National Area of Canberra. Map 2 indicates National Land managed by the NCA and other Australian Government agencies throughout the ACT.
The Central National Area includes the Parliamentary Zone, Lake Burley Griffin and its foreshores, parts of Barton, ADFA, Duntroon and areas around Yarralumla (Diplomatic Estate).
The Act provides that the Authority may consist of a Chair, a Chief Executive and three other members, all whom are appointed by the Governor-General.
The Chief Executive is a full-time member and the other members serve on a part-time basis.
The Chief Executive manages the affairs of the NCA under the general directions of the Authority and has the responsibility of a Chief Executive under the Financial Management and Accountability Act 1997 and an Agency Head under the Public Service Act 1999.
The current members of the Authority are:
The Authority: Terry Weber (Chair), Malcolm Snow (Chief Executive), Glenn Keys and Christine Faulks
- Chief Executive: Malcolm Snow
- Chief Planner: Andrew Smith
- Director Development Assessment and Heritage: Natalie Broughton
- Director Strategic Planning: Rebecca Sorensen (Acting)
- Executive Director - National Capital Estate: Helen Badger
- Director - Estate Development and Renewal: Rob Tindal
- Director - Estate Management: Ruth Morschel
- Director - National Engagement: Melanie Skinner
- Director - Finance & CFO: Scott Brown
- Director - Corporate:Alan Harrison
- Chief Planner: Andrew Smith