Key Sectors


Space

Canberra is the driving force behind Australia's space industry. It has the infrastructure, businesses, research strengths and education and training systems to support civil, commercial and defence space applications.

Space in Canberra [https://www.cmtedd.act.gov.au/economic-development/innovation-industry-investment/defence/defence-in-canberra/space-capabilities]

Defence

Canberra, Australia’s national capital, is also Australia’s defence capital with the largest concentration of defence and national security agencies, assets and organisations in Australia.

The Canberra region also hosts the Royal Military College at Duntroon, the Australian Defence Force Academy, the Australian Command and Staff College, and Headquarters Joint Operations Command.

Defence in Canberra [https://www.cmtedd.act.gov.au/economic-development/innovation-industry-investment/defence/defence-in-canberra]

Cyber

Canberra’s innovative, knowledge driven economy coupled with cutting edge infrastructure, high technology companies and national security organisations positions Canberra as Australia’s Cyber Security Capital.

Cyber in Canberra [https://www.cmtedd.act.gov.au/economic-development/innovation-industry-investment/defence/defence-in-canberra/cyber-security-capabilities]

Renewables

As of 1 January 2020, the ACT is officially powered by 100% renewable electricity. This makes Canberra only the world’s eighth major city – and first outside Europe – to achieve this feat.

The investment in 100% renewable electricity has seen the ACT become a natural home for innovation in renewable energy. Leading renewable energy companies have moved here.

The $25 million Next Generation Energy Storage program has supported around 1400 smart battery storage systems, or 6 MW, to date. The program has led to Australia’s first and one of the world’s largest ‘Virtual Power Plants’ which rewards participating households for exporting their stored electricity back to the grid, at times of peak electricity demand to improve grid security.

The Renewable Energy Innovation Fund (REIF) is providing up to $2 million in funding to help local start-ups to develop and commercialise new technology.

A $5 million ACT Government investment has also established a world-leading research program on integrating battery storage into the grid, at the Energy Change Institute at the Australian National University.

Our climate ambition, combined with our innovation and knowledge-based economy, has fuelled Canberra’s renewable energy and cleantech industry, attracting over $2 billion investment in large-scale wind and solar renewable infrastructure across Australia, and more than $500 million over 20 years of inward investment into the Canberra region.

Through our trade and investment initiatives, we are strengthening Canberra’s brand as an internationally recognised destination for world-class clean energy research, innovation and investment to grow our knowledge economy.