Australian Capital Territory

The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) is a relatively small area that is approximately 2359km2 of bushland and one major city.  ACT lies within the boarder of New South Wales and is home to the capital city, Canberra.  The entire south western area of the Australian Capital Territory is occupied by the Namadgi National Park.

Canberra is located in the northern part of the Australian Capital Territory, 300 km south-west of Sydney and 650 km north-east of Melbourne by road.

Canberra is a planned city, originally designed by Walter Burley Griffin where major roads follow a wheel-and-spoke pattern rather than a grid.  Canberra is Australia’s major political city and the population has grown over the years to approximately 300,000 from 50,000 in 1960

Areas of employment are included in the following table:

Australian Capital Territory – Total persons 2011
Industry sector Number % Australia %
Accommodation and Food Services 11,284 5.8 6.5
Administrative and Support Services 4,657 2.4 3.2
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing 319 0.2 2.5
Arts and Recreation Services 3,330 1.7 1.5
Construction 11,997 6.1 8.2
Education and Training 17,161 8.8 8
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services 1,514 0.8 1.1
Financial and Insurance Services 3,546 1.8 3.8
Health Care and Social Assistance 17,998 9.2 11.6
Information Media and Telecommunications 3,650 1.9 1.8
Manufacturing 4,023 2.1 9
Mining 60 0 1.8
Other Services 6,215 3.2 3.8
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services 19,147 9.8 7.3
Public Administration and Safety 64,096 32.7 6.9
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services 2,423 1.2 1.6
Retail Trade 14,823 7.6 10.5
Transport, Postal and Warehousing 4,385 2.2 4.8
Wholesale trade 2,418 1.2 4
Accommodation and Food Services 11,284 5.8 6.5
Total employed persons aged 15+ 195,895 100.0 100.0

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing  2011.