Legal issues and the Attorney-General's portfolio - National Capital Authority


Budget Review 2009-10 Index

Budget 2009 10: Legal issues and the Attorney-General's portfolio

National Capital Authority

Diane Spooner

The National Capital Authority (NCA) does not have any new Budget measures.[1] In terms of the 2009-10 Budget, the funding received from the Commonwealth for the NCA as appropriation revenue will slightly increase from $13.657 million to $14.055 million.[2]  The NCA will receive four more staff.

Since the last Budget, the Joint Standing Committee on the National Capital and External Territories tabled its report (on 16 July 2008) The Way Forward : Inquiry into the Role of the National Capital Authority to which the Government responded in December 2008.[3]

The report contains 22 recommendations, of which the Government accepted 13 in full, in part or in principle.  Recommendation 22 was that the Commonwealth provide resources to the NCA to continue the development of a cost effective three-dimensional integrated plan in digital format which is available online for the purpose of gaining efficiencies in planning and enhancing consultation. The Government did not accept this recommendation and stated:

It will be open to the Authority, should it consider it appropriate, to seek funding for such a project within the normal Government fiscal and resource allocation processes.[4]



[1].    Australian Government, Portfolio budget statements 2009–10: budget related paper no. 1.2: Attorney-General’s Portfolio, p. 405.

[2].    Australian Government, Portfolio budget statements 2009–10: budget related paper no. 1.2: Attorney-General’s Portfolio, p. 416.

[3].    Joint Standing Committee on National Capital and External Territories, The way forward: Inquiry into the role of the National Capital Authority, Commonwealth Australia, Canberra, 16 July 2008; B Debus (Minister for Home Affairs ), Government response, Commonwealth Australia, Canberra, December 2008, both viewed 18 May 2009, http://www.aph.gov.au/house/committee/ncet/reports.htm

[4].    B Debus (Minister for Home Affairs ), Government response.


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