Territories Minister Catherine King is promising to make an early decision on the controversial plan to build embassies in Stirling Park.
She may also make changes to the National Capital Authority, which has proposed building nine embassies in the park.
In her first interview after becoming a minister, with responsibility also for road safety, regional services and local communities, she said she was being briefed on the report of the parliamentary committee, which backed objections of residents to the proposal and criticised the ad hoc approach to allocating land for new missions.
''I will certainly be considering my response to that sooner rather than later,'' she said. ''I know Stirling Park, I've been there on a number of occasions, but obviously there's some sensitive issues involved in dealing with diplomatic estates.
''So I just want to get my head around that, but I absolutely understand the need to preserve and the importance of those beautiful spaces that are very much part of Canberra.''
The joint standing committee on the national capital and external territories held the inquiry into the allocation of land to diplomatic missions in the ACT after a row erupted over the NCA's proposal.
Residents said Stirling Park and its popular Stirling Ridge, even though owned by the authority, should be left as open space for all Canberra residents to enjoy.
Ms King said another report, Etched in Stone, resulting from an inquiry into the administration of the National Memorials Ordinance, had also raised issues of planning.
''There's obviously always room for improvement in those issues and I would be very surprised if that wasn't the case with the NCA,'' she said. ''Often departments evolve and things change, and authorities need to keep up with what's actually happening in their contemporary communities as well.''
Ms King lived in Canberra when she was a public servant and completed a masters at the ANU.
''I know there are grand passions around the beauty of Canberra and keeping it,'' she said.
Asked for an assurance that public service jobs would not be slashed in next month's budget, Ms King said she could not comment.
''I can't say what's in the budget, obviously, but I can assure people that having been a public servant living in Canberra, I understand what great work they do,'' she said.
Ms King said people had a right to be concerned for their jobs under the Coalition. ''I live in the state of Victoria and I'm watching what's happening there,'' she said. ''I know people who have lost their jobs in the public service there, particularly in education. And within the education department, people are being asked to do not just the same jobs but literally three people's jobs. And you can see what's been happening in Queensland as well.''