A national capital is about more than buildings and places - it is about a feeling in our hearts and minds, and our national psyche. The Commonwealth is committed to a national capital which embodies our heritage, aspirations, unity and values, and is worthy of pride for all Australians. The capital, as the Seat of Government, centre of national administration, location for national institutions, and reflection of national life, should be such that it can be appreciated by all Australians.
The National Capital Authority is charged with developing an understanding and appreciation of the role of Canberra as the national capital. This responsibility complements and informs the NCA's core business roles of planning, capital works and land management and provides an excellent balance to the cultural programs of the city's national cultural institutions.
The NCA takes a strategic approach to fostering an awareness of the capital through research, national perception and expectation surveys, by encouraging participation, appreciation and celebration in the national capital, by information and education about the capital, and by promoting the attributes of Canberra that are of national significance.