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Regional Development

Australian Capital Territory and Northern Territory

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The Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development provides the Australian Government with strategic policy advice in relation to the Commonwealth's interests in these two self-governing territories:

  • Australian Capital Territory, and
  • Northern Territory.

The Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development manages the Commonwealth's residual responsibilities for these territories. This includes:

  • providing advice on governance and the Commonwealth's planning responsibilities in the Australian Capital Territory, and
  • developments in the self-government legislation for the Australian Capital Territory and Northern Territory to keep it relevant and effective.

The Department's role

The Australian Government's vision for Australia's self-governing territories is for increasing sustainable economic prosperity combined with effective governance and constitutional development consistent with the national interest. The Department contributes to achieving these outcomes by providing the Government with the following services:

  • develop policy and legislation to maintain effective systems of self-government in the Australian Capital Territory and the Northern Territory
  • assess policy advice on the effectiveness of Commonwealth policies programs and practices in supporting the economic development of the territories, and
  • provide policy and legislative advice on the role of the Commonwealth in planning of the National Capital.

Canberra a Capital Place: Report of the Independent Review of the National Capital Authority and the Australian Government's response

The report, Canberra a Capital Place: Report of the Independent Review of the National Capital Authority, was prepared by Dr Allan Hawke AC and provides advice to the Australian Government on how to find the right balance for planning responsibilities between the Commonwealth and the ACT Government. The report was released publicly in October 2011.

In May 2012 the former Minister for Regional Australia, Regional Development and Local Government released the Australian Government response to the report.

Inquiry into the role of the National Capital Authority

The Australian Government tabled its response to the Joint Standing Committee on the National Capital and External Territories' report on the role of the National Capital Authority on 11 December 2008.