Go to top of page

Our Staff

Chief Executive

The Acting Chief Executive of the National Capital Authority is Andrew Smith.

National Capital Plan Branch

We are responsible for preparing and administering a National Capital Plan (the Plan), keeping the Plan under constant review and proposing amendments to it when necessary.

We prepare planning policy, master plans, development control plans, assess works approval applications and monitor the quality of buildings and other developments. Each year, we deal with 300 to 400 works approval applications.

Branch Management

Chief Planner and Deputy Chief Executive: Vacant

Director Development Assessment and Heritage: Ilse Wurst

Director Strategic Planning: Rebecca Sorensen

National Capital Estate Branch

We maintain and manage some of the capital's most nationally and culturally significant landscapes and attractions. These include the Parliamentary Zone, Anzac Parade, Lake Burley Griffin, Scrivener Dam, Commonwealth and Kings Parks, Acton Peninsula, Yarramundi Reach, Stirling Ridge and the Diplomatic Estates in Yarralumla, Deakin and O'Malley.

Our capital works program includes regular maintenance, works to enhance or protect national assets, construction of public infrastructure and development of the landscape settings for new building sites, public parks and places, commemoration and celebration.

We also administer and manage leases, licences and venues. We manage licence agreements  for Commonwealth Place, the National Capital Exhibition Centre, Commonwealth Park, Acton Peninsula and the Lobby Restaurant. We also administer diplomatic leases in coordination with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

We encourage, approve and regulate events and temporary traders on National Land, including Lake Burley Griffin. Annually the NCA approves over 1,000 events on National Land.

Branch Management

Executive Director, National Capital Estate: Lachlan Wood

Director, Estate Development and Renewal: Rob Tindal

Director, Estate Management: Anna Wong

Corporate Branches

As well as the two branches above, the National Capital Authority also includes three Corporate Branches which support the Authority in its work.

Compliance and Governance Branch

Director, Compliance and Governance: Tania Martin

Finance and ICT Branch

Director, Finance and ICT: Savita Cooke

Inform and Educate Branch

Director, Inform and Educate: Kate Still