Roles and Responsibilities - Our Functions and Powers

Our Functions and Powers

The NCA was established on 31 January 1989, under the Australian Capital Territory (Planning and Land Management) Act 1988 (the Act).  Part II of the Act establishes the NCA, prescribes its powers and functions, and makes it subject to general ministerial direction.

The NCA's functions, as set out in section 6 of the Act, are:

  1. to prepare and administer a National Capital Plan;
  2. to keep the Plan under constant review and to propose amendments to it when necessary;
  3. on behalf of the Commonwealth, to commission works to be carried out in Designated Areas in accordance with the Plan where neither a Department of State of the Commonwealth nor any Commonwealth authority has the responsibility to commission those works;
  4. to recommend to the Minister the carrying out of works that it considers desirable to maintain or enhance the character of the National Capital;
  5. to foster an awareness of Canberra as the National Capital;
  6. with the approval of the Minister, to perform planning services for any person or body, whether within Australia or overseas; and
  7. 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

The Minister responsible for National Land has delegated specific powers under the National Land Ordinance 1989 to the Chief Executive, Deputy Chief Executive (Chief Planner) and the Executive Director National Capital Estate and key Director positions, including applied provisions of the Lakes Ordinance 1976, the Roads and Public Places Ordinance 1937, the Trespass on Commonwealth Lands Ordinance 1932, the City Area Leases Ordinance 1936, the Leases (Special Purposes) Ordinance 1925 and the Leases Ordinance 1918, in relation to administering National Land.

Other powers under which the NCA makes decisions that affect members of the public include:

  • Crown Lands Act 1884 (NSW)
  • Dedication by User Limitation Act 1902 (NSW)
  • Lakes Ordinance 1976
  • Protection of Lands Ordinance 1937
  • Public Roads Act 1902 (NSW)
  • National Land (Parking) Ordinance 1994
  • National Land (Parking) (Consequential Amendments) Ordinance 1994
  • National Memorials Ordinance 1928

Certain powers under theLands Acquisition Act 1989 relating to acquisition and disposal of land have been delegated to the Chief Executive, the Deputy Chief Executive (Chief Planner) and the Executive Director National Capital Estate.

These delegations provide the NCA with an efficient working environment in the service of government and the community.

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