National memorials is an important way to mark the contribution and sacrifice made by extraordinary Australians to their country and to their fellow citizens.
The character of nationally significant areas within the National Capital is the responsibility of the National Capital Authority and it is required to undertake projects for the enhancement and maintenance of the public places in these areas. Public commemorative sites and objects include sculptures, memorials, parks, gardens, tree plantings, fountains, paths, car parks, jetties, signage and lighting.
Specifically, the Authority’s responsibilities in relation to commemorative works are to:
The Canberra National Memorials Committee (the CNMC) is empowered by the Australian Capital Territory National Land (National Memorials, Territory Divisions and Public Places) Ordinance 2022, to approve the location and character of national memorials in the ACT. The Ordinance defines the membership and responsibilities of the Committee. For the Guidelines for Commemorative Works in the National Capital, click here.
Decisions of the Committee are made after consideration of proposals put forward by members of the community. In considering the proposals for memorials, the CNMC relies on a range of professional, administrative and stakeholder advice.
Membership of the CNMC can be found here.
We acknowledge the Ngunnawal people as traditional custodians of the ACT and recognise any other people or families with connection to the lands of the ACT and region.
We acknowledge and respect their continuing culture and the contribution they make to the life of this city and this region.