Education driving Canberra


The tertiary education sector in the ACT contributes $3.3 billion and 20,000 full-time jobs to Canberra’s economy, according to a report from Deloitte Access Economics.

Senior government ministers and leaders of Canberra’s tertiary institutions met at the recent Vice Chancellor’s forum to discuss higher education in Canberra.

One in six Canberrans work or study at a tertiary institution, and more people are employed by the sector as a percentage of the population than any other state or territory. Over 50% of Canberrans aged 25-64 hold a Bachelor’s degree or higher, with over 11% holding a post graduate degree.

The forum explored ways to more effectively market the ACT a study destination of choice for both domestic and international students.

FVO guide updated

The ACT Government has updated the Your Court, Your Safety: a guide to getting a Family Violence Order in the ACT guide, designed to assist people considering a Family Violence Order.

Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence, Yvette Berry, launched the guide, which is an overview of the “nature and dynamics” of domestic and family violence. It has been designed to help ACT residents recognise domestic and family violence and know what supports are available.

The guide, first launched in 2012, has been updated to reflect changes to the law in the ACT, including expanded definitions of domestic and family violence and amendments to protections.

Principal Solicitor at the Women’s Legal Centre, Claudia Maclean, said this practical information about the process and what to expect when attending court can be “key to women actually being able to make the application and protect their safety”.

If you or someone you know is impacted by sexual assault, family or domestic violence, call 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732 or visit In an emergency, call 000.

Summernats a top event

Summernats 31 has taken out the Best Tourism Event Award at this year’s annual Australian Event Awards.

The Best Tourism Event category recognises the significant contribution an event brings to the development of a region or city through the attraction of visitors. This includes the impact on the local economy and employment as well as the quality of the event, innovation and event promotion.

Summernats co-owner Andy Lopez said the recognition shows his event is a world-class event.

“It’s great that an economic benefit of around $25 million flows to the ACT economy from our privately run festival, an impact that stands out in an ACT event landscape dominated by publicly funded events.”

Mr Lopez said his event’s success is in part down to the great support it receives from the ACT community.

“We appreciate the support from ACT Government, our commercial partners, and most importantly, the thousands of entrants and spectators who come from all over Australia and the world to Canberra in January every year.”

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