Chair’s Message

On behalf of the National Capital Authority (NCA), I am pleased to present the 2018-19 NCA Corporate Plan, which covers the period 2018-19 to 2021-22, as required under paragraph 35(1)(b) of the Public Governance,Performance and Accountability Act 2013.

The National Capital, Canberra, belongs to all Australians. Embedded in the design of its significant avenues, ceremonial lawns and sweeping vistas is the narrative of Australia’s evolving story. The ambitions of a fledgling federation and ideals of democracy are expressed through its landscape, a national stage which celebrations, commemorations and protests are enacted. Within the National Triangle, people are connected to some of the nation’s most important cultural, political and judicial institutions and symbols.

As custodians of this shared space, the NCA on behalf of the Australian Government, is committed to strategies that strengthen and protect this national landscape in ways that embrace Australia’s heritage, values and aspirations, recognising the context of thousands of years of Indigenous heritage in the Canberra region.

Canberra is a growing, vibrant city. The NCA works closely with the Australian Capital Territory Government to support their aspirations for a sustainable and liveable city while ensuring the character of the National Capital and the effectiveness with which National Capital functions can be fulfilled.

The NCA’s mission is to advance the National Capital as a valued and respected place for all Australians by ensuring it is well planned, managed and promoted, consistent with its enduring national significance.

The NCA’s key strategic objectives over the period 2018-19 to 2021-22 are:

  1. PEOPLE – Enabling Australians and visitors to celebrate and share the story of our nation through Canberra, our National Capital
  2. PLACE – Excellence in the care and custodianship of the National Capital’s special and symbolic places
  3. PLAN – Strategic planning and oversight of the places and spaces of national importance in Canberra, with a focus on place-making and environmental sustainability.

Key priorities include:

  • ensuring the safety and amenity of NCA-managed assets
  • securing the financial basis for long-term asset renewal and replacement
  • forging new partnerships and collaboration to help achieve our objectives, including working closely and co-operatively with the ACT Government.

I acknowledge the traditional owners of Canberra and pay my respects to its Indigenous elders, past, present and emerging.

I commend the 2018-19 NCA Corporate Plan to all Australians to enhance their understanding of how the National Capital Authority plans to ensure Canberra, Australia’s National Capital, will continue to reflect the nation, its achievements and its aspirations, and be a source of enduring pride for all Australians.

Terry Weber

Chair, National Capital Authority

30 August 2018