Agency Plan to Information Publication Scheme


The National Capital Authority is a prescribed authority for the purposes of the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (the FOI Act) and is required to comply with the Information Publication Scheme (IPS) requirements. The NCA fosters a culture within the agency in which appropriate disclosure of its information is embraced. This is in recognition that public sector information is a national resource managed for public purposes.


The purpose of this Agency Plan is to:

  • Comply with s 8(1) of the FOI Act; and
  • Outline the NCA's objectives and identify appropriate procedures that need to be in place regarding the disclosure of its information in accordance with the FOI Act.


The objectives of the NCA are to ensure that it:

  • appropriately manages its information
  • identifies and publishes all information required to be published under s 8(2)
  • identifies and publishes any optional information to be published under s 8(4)
  • regularly reviews its published information to ensure it is accurate, up-to-date and complete
  • ensures that published information is easy to find, understandable and recoverable
  • conforms with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines.

Establishing and administering the NCA's IPS

The NCA project team associated with the implementation of the IPS consisted of members of the Corporate and IT Services Units under the direction of the Chief Executive. The Project Team was responsible for ensuring that all the requirements of the FOI Act were complied with in regard to the implementation of the IPS on the NCA website.

The NCA's website has been reviewed and updated to incorporate new sections dedicated to the IPS, Freedom of Information, Freedom of Information Disclosure Log and Privacy. Ongoing improvements will be implemented as they are identified.

The NCA's ongoing compliance with the IPS will be monitoring jointly by the Director Corporate and the Chief Finance Officer.

Where information is available to download from the NCA's website or another website, a link will be provided to that site. If information is not available to download from a website, it may be obtained by contacting the NCA's FOI Officer by mail to GPO Box 373 Canberra, ACT 2601 or by email to A charge may be imposed for the cost incurred by the NCA in copying or reproducing the information or for other incidental costs such a postage. These charges can be viewed here. The NCA will try to meet all reasonable requests for an alternate format of a document in a timely manner and at the lowest reasonable cost to you.

Information required to be published under the IPS

The NCA will publish the following information:

  • Who We Are
  • What We Do
  • Our Reports and Responses to Parliament
  • Routinely Requested Information
  • Consultation Information
  • Operational Information
  • Your rights
  • How information may be accessed
  • Any charges that may be applicable
  • Contact Information
  • Any other optional information that the NCA decides to publish

The NCA will also publish a disclosure log on it's website listing information that has been released in response to FOI access requests for documents held by the NCA. In accordance with the FOI Act, this information will be published on the website within ten working days of giving the FOI applicant access to the documents.

IPS Information Architecture

To ensure that the NCA's information is easy to find, understandable and recoverable, the NCA will:

  • Publish an IPS icon on the home page of its website which will link to the IPS section on the website
  • Design and publish an IPS entry point on its website
  • Publish a site map for its website to help individuals locate information published under s 8(2) and s 8(4)
  • Provide a search function for the website
  • Provide links to information on external websites, where the information is not available on the NCA's website

IPS Compliance Review

The NCA will review this agency plan and its IPS procedures at least annually as part of its strategic planning processes.

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Agency Plan to Information Publication Scheme

The Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI Act) extends the right of every person to access information in the possession of the Government of the Commonwealth.

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Disclosure Log

The Disclosure Log lists information which has been released in response to a Freedom of Information (FOI) access request.

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While we make every effort to ensure that the material on this site is accurate and up-to-date when we publish it, you should exercise your own independent skill and judgement before you rely on it. In any important matter, you should seek professional advice relevant to your own circumstances. The listing of a person or organisation in any part of this web site does not imply any form of endorsement by the Australian Government of the products or services provided by that person or organisation. Similarly, links to other web sites have been inserted for your convenience and do not constitute endorsement of material at those sites, or any associated organisation, product or service. Please note that some material on this site includes views or recommendations of third parties, which do not necessarily reflect the views of the Australian Government, or indicate its commitment to particular course of action. The Australian Government cannot verify the accuracy of information that has been provided by third parties.

Standards Compliance

The NCA's website aims to conform to Double A compliance of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2 (WCAG 2.0), developed by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). As much of this website's content is dynamic or community generated, some content may not always be accessible to the Double A level.

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This website is designed for use in modern web browsers and mobile devices and it is not guaranteed to function correctly in older web browsers.

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Further Accessibility difficulties

The NCA's website is the work of many authors and a dynamic environment. There is always the possibility that accessibility difficulties may be encountered. If you experience any issues please email or call us 6271 2888.


The NCA collects personal information (including sensitive information) from you or your authorised representative when we are handling an application from you, enquiry or complaint from you or taking regulatory action under the Australian Capital Territory (Planning and Land Management) Act 1988.

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