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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

1300 566 046

St Francis Xavier College

Canberra, ACT

02 6258 1055

Hawker College

Canberra, ACT

02 6142 0355

Gungahlin College

Canberra, ACT

02 6142 1000

CBR Innovation Network

Canberra, ACT

02 6162 1149

Wanniassa School

Canberra, ACT

02 6142 1840

Merici College

Canberra, ACT

02 6243 4100

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Cathy Franzi


0435 010 109

Games Plus - Canberra

Canberra, ACT

02 6162 5100

Criterion Solutions

Canberra, ACT

Thinklogical Australia


0429 515 531

Elbit Systems

South Canberra, ACT

03 8644 1600

Gamma Vaccines


0420 942 824

University of Canberra


02 6201 5111

Collaborate Plus

Canberra, ACT

1300 275 228



1300 659 965

Aspen Medical


02 6203 9500