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Factors Contributing to Performance

In 2018-19, the NCA fulfilled its statutory role and principal functions outlined above.

The NCA faces a complex and dynamic operational environment. Many issues and business objectives the NCA works on need to consider a range of perspectives and sometimes-competing objectives. These require carefully working through the relevant issues and providing opportunities for stakeholder input. Other challenges include (rightly) high expectations of the community, working with other jurisdictions and other Commonwealth agencies, technological and environmental change, and cost pressures and resource constraints. These challenges occur against a backdrop of continuing growth of Canberra and increasing use of National Land by the community and visitors as well as the specific challenge of maintaining a substantial and ageing asset base.

In addition to the PALM Act, the NCA operates within the framework of a range of Australian government legislation. Key elements of our legislative framework include:

  • the PGPA Act
  • the Public Service Act 1999
  • the Work Health and Safety Act 2011.

The NCA has in place the required policies and procedural framework to provide the basis for legislative compliance and operational performance, including in the following areas:

  • work health and safety
  • financial management
  • procurement and contract management
  • human resource management
  • risk management
  • fraud control.