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Name & Address Register - A Name & Address Register (NAR) is a database that is used to store the names and addresses of the people and entities that a company deals with.

National Asset Management Assessment Framework - The National Asset Management Assessment Framework (NAMAF) is a methodology for assessing the maturity of a Council's Asset Management practices and processes.

Councils are given a spreadsheet in August each year containing and large number of asset related questions and encouraged to submit the completed spreadsheet to the consultants responsible for managing the process in their state.

Natural Reserve - A natural reserve is a protected area of importance for wildlife, flora, fauna or features of geological or other special interest, which is reserved and managed for conservation and to provide special opportunities for study or research.

Natural Surface Road - A natural surface road is a formed road, that is a road on which no surface has been laid.

Navigation Tree - A navigation tree is a graphical user interface, that displays a hierarchical data structure in an expandable tree like diagram.

Neighbourhood Park - A neighbourhood park is typically a small park, usually between 0.25 to 2 hectares in area. They typically have playground facilities and are located within 400m distance of residential areas. Parents with young children are the main users. They may be linked with or adjacent to cycleways, Pedestrian Parkland and Laneways. A Local Neighbourhood Park (0.25 to 1 ha) may become integral to the design of a residential neighbourhood where its smaller size provides a site for safe play by children under surveillance by adults. A Central Neighbourhood Park (0.5 to 2 ha) may be located adjacent to or surrounding a Neighbourhood Sportsground or Informal Use Oval.

Nessie Curve Analysis - The Nessie Curve is an Australian infrastructure asset management tool developed by Haydn Reynolds, that graphically depicts the annual replacement needs in a particular utility, based on when the assets were installed and how long they are expected to last.

Network Asset - A network asset is an asset that is considered to be part of a network. Network assets are interconnected assets that rely on each other to provide a service. If a network asset is removed the system may not function to full capacity.

New - New in the local government sphere usually means recently made or created. It is one of the three main types of capital expenditure, along with upgrade & renewal.

No of Customers Serviced - Number of customers serviced can refer to water or sewer pipes servicing a population. For example, a 150 mm sewer pipe has sufficient capacity for 600 persons. Or a water main may have the capacity to service 1000 persons.

Noise Barrier - A noise barrier (also called a soundwall, noise wall, sound berm, sound barrier, or acoustical barrier) is an exterior structure designed to protect sensitive land uses from noise pollution. Noise barriers are the most effective method of mitigating roadway, railway, and industrial noise sources – other than cessation of the source activity or use of source controls.

Non-Current Asset - A non-current asset is an asset that is expected to be consumed over more than one financial year.

Non-Destructive Testing - Non-destructive testing is a method of testing the properties of materials without the need to take samples and therefore resulting in damage to the material.

Non-road Infrastructure - The Victorian Road Management Act 2004 defines non-road infrastructure as infrastructure in, on, under or over a road which is not road infrastructure.

Notice of Incident - A notice of incident is a written notice given to a Council (the responsible road authority) by a person who proposes to commence legal proceeding in court based on a claim in relation to an incident arising out of the condition of a public road or infrastructure. The notice of incident must be prepared in accordance with section 115 of the Victorian Road Management Act 2004 and Regulation 401 of Road Management (General) Regulations 2005.

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