Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications and the Arts
The National Capital Authority (NCA) operates under the ACT Planning and Land Management Act 1988 (the PALM Act) and performs a range of functions in respect of protecting the Commonwealth's interest in the planning and management of the national capital. It prepares and administers a National Capital Plan. The functions of the NCA provide an enduring framework to secure the planning and development of Canberra as the capital; to accommodate the Seat of Government and associated national and cultural requirements; to provide national public places for all Australians to visit and enjoy; to enhance the unique character and symbolic meaning of the capital, and to develop appreciation of the capital as a reflection of our democracy and national life.

Further information

  • Type of Body

    R. Management Board

  • Established By / Under

    Act / Regulation

  • Established By/Under More info

    Australian Capital Territory (Planning and Land Management) Act 1988, section 5

  • Paid Members?


  • Max No. of Board/Committee Members


  • Annual Report Prepared and tabled?


  • Classification

    X. Internal Management

  • Auditor


  • Function Categorization

    Executive Management

  • Creation Date

  • Postal Address

    King Edward Terrace
    PARKES ACT 2600

Current board appointments

Position Appointee Start Date End Date
Chair Mr. Terry Weber 12 June 2019 12 June 2025
CEO/Executive Director/Managing Director Ms. Sally Barnes 11 February 2023 10 February 2026
Member Prof. Helen Lochhead 27 April 2023 26 April 2028
Member Ms. Jenny Smithson 11 June 2020 10 June 2025
Member Mr. James Willson 1 October 2020 30 September 2025
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