Who we are, what we do

Who we are

The planning and land authority is the ACT Government's statutory agency responsible for planning for the future growth of Canberra in partnership with the community.

What we do

Planners guide and manage the way suburbs, cities and regions are built, making sure they are sustainable and pleasant places in which to live, work and play. Planners are involved in making decisions about the way land is used and other types of developments while balancing the needs of communities and the environment.

Planners advise the government on a range of decisions including:

  • shaping the form of neighbourhoods and cities
  • controlling the spread of urban regions
  • ensuring sustainable natural environments
  • working towards economic and cultural development
  • ensuring vibrant and liveable communities
  • providing advice on planning matters to the public and stakeholders.

The role of planners is becoming more important as society places greater emphasis on balancing environmental and development issues, promoting liveable communities and securing high quality urban design. As cities and towns continue to grow, planners are in increasing demand to manage these changes.

The planning and land authority is not only responsible for planning. It is also responsible for lease administration, land information, development and building regulation. A full list of responsibilities can be found by viewing the individual legislation that the planning and land authority administers.

Our Ministers

Our directorate reports to three ACT Ministers. These are:

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