The National Capital Authority (NCA), on behalf of the Australian Government, is the statutory agency responsible for the guiding the planning and design of the nationally significant parts of Canberra. The Australian Capital Territory (Planning and Land Management) Act 1988 requires that the NCA assess proposals for works (Works Approval applications) in the Designated Areas against the relevant provisions of the National Capital Plan. The Australian Capital Territory (Planning and Land Management) Regulations sets out the fee schedule.
The NCA recovers costs associated with the assessment of proposals in the Designated Areas. This practice is consistent with other planning jurisdictions in Australia. Cost recovery is undertaken by the NCA is accordance with the Australian Government Cost Recovery Guidelines (CRGs).
From 1 December 2015, fees payable for works approval were adjusted to ensure that they reflect costs incurred by the NCA in assessing proposals for works in the Designated Areas. The changes follow a review process and are documented in a Cost Recovery Implementation Statement (CRIS). The CRIS is updated each financial year to show the financial and non-financial performance of the NCA's works approval process. The most recent version of the CRIS is available for download below.