Australian Capital Territory National Land Ordinances

The Australian Government is updating the laws for the management of National Land in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) to ensure they are modern and fit for purpose, and is now seeking public comment on the draft ordinances.

Why we want your input

Canberra is our nation’s capital. This is an opportunity for all Australians and residents to provide their views on the way national land is accessed, used and managed in their capital.

How you can voice your opinion

You can read the exposure drafts of the Australian Capital Territory National Land (Leased) Ordinance 2021, and the Australian Capital Territory National Land (Unleased) Ordinance 2021 and provide a submission by 8 November 2021. You can submit your response below or by emailing

What will be the outcome of this consultation?

Your submission will support development of the Australian Capital Territory National Land (Leased) Ordinance 2021, and the Australian Capital Territory National Land (Unleased) Ordinance 2021.

The Issue

Further information on areas of the ACT that are designated as National Land is available at:

Since self-government was granted to the ACT in 1989, the Commonwealth has continued to manage areas of the ACT, known as National Land, under the National Land Ordinance 1989 (the NLO). The NLO will cease to have effect from 1 April 2022.

The Australian Government has drafted new ordinances to replace the NLO, and is calling for public comment.

The ordinances will provide for leasing upon National Land, such as diplomatic leases, and for the use of unleased National Land that is open to the public, such as parks and roads.

All comments received will be published to the Department's website, unless they are provided expressly in confidence or they contain information that is not suitable for publication.

Relevant Documentation


23 Oct 2021 09:00 AEDT
08 Nov 2021 17:00 AEDT

We invite you to to tell us your views on this topic.

Please include:

  • contact name
  • organisation name, if applicable
  • contact details, including telephone number, postal and email addresses
  • confirmation whether or not your submission can be made public—published—or kept confidential.

All submissions to be made public need to meet the Digital Service Standard for accessibility. Any submission that does not meet this standard may be modified before being made public.

If your submission is to be made public, please ensure you do not include any personal information that you don't want to be published.

If your submission is confidential, please ensure each page of the submission is marked as confidential.

Please click on the 'Have your say now' button below to upload your submission.

This consultation is closed.

Alternatively please email your submission to or send it to:


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