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Canberra is a thriving hub of knowledge-based activity. Ten percent of Australia’s public sector research and development is undertaken in the ACT. Our universities, the CSIRO and Government agencies are all leading the knowledge creation agenda. Our challenge lies in commercialising these opportunities locally and reaping full benefit for the broader community.

The Defence industry is important to Canberra, and as home to Duntroon and ADFA, sees many of the nation’s Defence leaders pass through its doors.

There is a substantial wine industry around Canberra and a light-manufacturing sector in Queanbeyan.

The manufacturing industry is undergoing substantial change with the emergence of digital manufacture and the demise of the factory as the locus of activity. Manufacturing is no longer driven by the concept of the large factory, economies of scale, and mass production of standardised units. Quality, speed of delivery, and post sales service are more important drivers than price.

As a centre of government and public administration, Canberra is ‘information rich’. It has the largest installation of mainframe computer capacity in the country and provides employment for a large number of ICT employees, contractors and service providers.

Canberra has been the base for the development and growth of a number of ICT software and services businesses (Intelledox, Tower, etc). These enterprises provide a model of entrepreneurship and ability to meet, and lead, public sector requirements.

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Canberra, ACT

02 6337 3945

Calwell High School

Canberra, ACT

02 6142 1930

CBR Innovation Network

Canberra, ACT

02 6162 1149

University of Canberra


02 6201 5111

St Mary Mackillop College

Canberra, ACT

02 6209 0100

Canberra, ACT

1300 566 046

Copland College

Canberra, ACT

02 6142 0333

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Greatcell Energy


0477 798 090

Geosciences Australia


02 6249 9111


Canberra, ACT

IP Australia

District of Woden Valley, ACT

1300 651 010



02 6129 8200

Alfred Deakin High

Canberra, ACT

02 6142 3888


North Canberra, ACT

131 093

ACT Renewables Hub

Canberra, ACT

1300 962 615


Canberra, ACT

Geodrones Australia

District of Gungahlin, ACT