National Capital Authority
Section 1: Entity overview and resources
1.1 Strategic direction statement
The National Capital Authority (NCA) is established under the Australian Capital Territory (Planning and Land Management) Act 1988 (the PALM Act).
The PALM Act prescribes the NCA's powers and functions and makes it subject to general Ministerial direction. The Minister for Local Government and Territories has administrative responsibility for the PALM Act.
The NCA performs a special role as trustee of the National Capital and, in this capacity, serves the interests of the Australian Government, the nation and its people. The NCA is responsible for shaping the National Capital into the future, as well as caring for the special parts of Canberra and educating and informing all Australians about our National Capital.
The functions of the NCA are set out in section 6 of the PALM Act and include:
- to prepare and administer a National Capital Plan;
- to keep the National Capital Plan under constant review and to propose amendments to it when necessary;
- on behalf of the Commonwealth, to commission works to be carried out in Designated Areas in accordance with the National Capital Plan where neither a Department of State of the Commonwealth nor any Commonwealth authority has the responsibility to commission those works;
- to recommend to the Minister the carrying out of works that the NCA considers desirable to maintain or enhance the character of the National Capital;
- to foster an awareness of Canberra as the National Capital;
- with the Minister's approval, to perform planning services for any person or body, whether within Australia or overseas; and
- 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.
These functions provide the necessary administrative framework to:
- support the planning, design and development of the nationally significant parts of Canberra;
- develop and conduct programs that inform and educate all Australians of the unique characteristics and importance of Canberra as their National Capital; and
- manage Commonwealth assets on behalf of the Australian Government.
In 2014, the National Land (Road Transport) Ordinance 2014 also established the National Capital Authority as the administering authority for enforcement of parking regulations on National Land. The NCA now manages the pay parking arrangements on behalf of the Australian Government, including the enforcement of breaches of parking regulations.
The NCA's key priorities in 2017–18 include:
- planning and designing the areas of special national importance in Canberra;
- informing and educating the community about the importance of Canberra as the National Capital; and
- management and enhancement of assets on National Land.
1.2 Entitiy resource statement
Table 1.1 shows the total funding from all sources available to the NCA for its operations and to deliver programs and services on behalf of the government.
The table summarises how resources will be applied by outcome (government strategic policy objectives) and by administered (on behalf of the government or the public) and departmental (for the NCA's operations) classification.
Information in this table is presented on a resourcing (i.e. appropriations / cash available) basis, whilst the ‘Budgeted expenses by Outcome 1’ table in Section 2 and the financial statements in Section 3 are presented on an accrual basis.
Table 1.1: National Capital Authority resource statement—Budget estimates for 2017–18 as at Budget May 2017
1.3 Budget measures
Budget measures in Part 1 relating to the NCA are detailed in Budget Paper No. 2 - Budget Measures and are summarised below.
Part 2: Other measures not previously reported in a portfolio statement
This table is not provided as there are no other measures not previously reported in a portfolio statement for the NCA.