The Role of the National Capital Authority

The National Capital Planning Authority was established by the Government of the Commonwealth of Australia in 1989, the same year the Australian Capital Territory was established as a self-governing and separate legal entity.

The purpose of the National Capital Authority is to manage the Commonwealth Government's continuing interest in the planning and development of Canberra as Australia's National Capital.

The Authority is charged with the further design and development of significant national areas such as Lake Burley Griffin, Commonwealth Place, Commonwealth Park and Kings Park. Artists are also engaged to design major commemorative works, such as memorials, that reflect significant moments in Australia's history. Complementing this function, the Authority is required to raise awareness of Canberra as the National Capital. This promotion, and the further development of Canberra, enhances the character of the National Capital and creates many new and diverse opportunities for Australians to appreciate their capital.

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