The National Capital Authority (NCA) is established under the Australian Capital Territory (Planning and Land Management) Act 1988 (the Act).
The current National Capital Plan (the Plan) came into effect on 21 January 1990. In accordance with the Act, the NCA is required to review and amend the Plan.
The Amendment process includes public consultation. After approval by the Minister, amendments are subject to disallowance by either House of the Commonwealth of Parliament. The process of review and amendment responds to the contemporary environment while ensuring that development accords with Canberra and the Territory’s national significance.
The process for amendments to the Plan includes:
Preparation of a Draft Amendment
When the NCA has identified a need to amend the Plan to ensure it continues to fulfil its objective, it prepares a draft amendment.
Consultation and review
Submission and action by the Minister
After taking into account the views expressed during the consultation process, the NCA recommends to the Minister that the draft amendment to the Plan be approved.
If the NCA reports to the Minister that ACTPLA objects to any aspect of the Draft Amendment, the Minister must consult with the ACT Executive before making a decision.
The Minister, before approving a draft amendment, may refer it to a Parliamentary Committee for its independent inquiry or advice.
An amendment to the Plan takes effect when notice of the Minister’s approval is formally published in the Commonwealth Gazette.
Publication of responses to the draft amendment
Once the Minister approves the amendment the NCA will publish the Consultation Report and Public Submissions Table on our website.
The Consultation Report and Public Submissions Table may include written comments received from individuals or organisations including the name of the person or principal submitter.
It is our intention that the Public Submissions Table would include the name and address of each person or principal submitter who provided written comments to the NCA on the draft amendment.
If you do not want your name and/or address to be included in the Consultation Report or Public Submissions Table please state this clearly at the top of your submission, in a covering note or by ticking the relevant box on the consultation proforma.
Once the Minister approves the amendment, it is tabled for 15 sitting days in both houses of the Federal Parliament. The Parliament may raise a motion to disallow (all or part of) the amendment to the Plan.
A draft amendment to the Plan may be ‘certified’ by the Minister to give it interim effect while it is considered further.
A draft amendment may not be brought into effect through certification until it has been made available for public consultation. Certification has effect for six months and can be extended for one or more periods of up to six months.
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