Chair’s Message

On behalf of the National Capital Authority (NCA), I am pleased to present the 2019-20 NCA Corporate Plan, which covers the period 2019-20 to 2022-23, as required under paragraph 35(1)(b) of the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013.

Firstly, I would like to acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the lands of Canberra and pay my respects to their Elders, past, present and emerging.

Canberra has been a place for people to come together, a meeting place, for perhaps tens of thousands of years. It continues this special purpose today as Australia’s National Capital and the Seat of the Australian Government. Canberra is home to the highest office in the land, that of the Governor-General, and to the highest court in the Australian judicial system, the High Court of Australia. It is where we present ourselves to the world and where we host the international diplomatic community. Canberra is also home to Australia’s leading university, its premier cultural collections and the highest ranks of the Australian Defence Force.

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 2019-20 to 2022-23 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 stewardship 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.

Our vision is to support Australia’s national and international interests and to advance Canberra, the nation’s capital, as a valued and respected place for Australians and visitors alike. A place to discover the stories and democratic values of our nation through the collections and activities at our major national institutions and memorials, its iconic natural and formed landscape, and Canberra’s unique design and feel.

Canberra is a modern, growing city that is a major regional centre for southern New South Wales. At the NCA we want to support this growth in a way that is befitting of a national capital and that maintains the values of this uniquely planned and beautiful setting.

Key priorities for the period ahead include:

  • advancing a broad program of asset remediation and renewal
  • activating National Land and collaborating with National Cultural Institutions to the benefit of the community while ensuring Canberra’s national role and significance is respected and enhanced
  • responding to the need for additional diplomatic land as Australia’s international relationships develop and evolve

I commend the 2019-20 Corporate Plan to all Australians to set out how the National Capital Authority will ensure Canberra, Australia’s National Capital, will continue to reflect the nation, its achievements and its aspirations, and be a source of continuing pride for all Australians.


Terry Weber

Chair, National Capital Authority

30 August 2019