Community and Stakeholder Engagement Report for UNSW Canberra City

We are pleased to share the Community and Stakeholder Engagement Report for the UNSW Canberra City campus. 

The Stakeholder Engagement Report was prepared by Communication Link, the local consultancy firm that UNSW Canberra engaged to encourage and facilitate independent, open and transparent community stakeholder conversations. The report will be used to inform the Campus Master Plan as well as share valuable insights from the community with the other stakeholders involved on the project.

View the Community and Stakeholder Engagement Report here.

We thank all those that contributed and encourage you to sign up to the UNSW Canberra community newsletter to stay informed about future developments on the project.

We thank all those that contributed and encourage you to sign up to the UNSW Canberra City community newsletter to stay informed about future developments on the project.

Subscribe to the UNSW Canberra City community newsletter here.

UNSW Canberra plan to share the draft Campus Master Plan in September 2020. We look forward to sharing our vision with the community which will be published on the UNSW Canberra City website. For any enquiries in the meantime, please don’t hesitate to email equiries@canberra.unsw.edu.au

Planning and Development Amendment Bill passed in the ACT Legislative Assembly

On 2 July, UNSW Canberra welcomed the passage of legislation relating to the establishment of the UNSW Canberra City campus.

Minister for Planning and Land Management Mick Gentleman said the legislation was an important step to ensure the long-term leasing of land to UNSW and the delivery of the new university campus would meet community expectations.

UNSW Canberra are pleased that the ACT Government prioritised the project, fast tracking the bill and that it received bipartisan support in the ACT Legislative Assembly.

“This is an exciting project in the heart of Canberra that will play a major role in the renewal of the city centre and elevate Canberra’s reputation as the knowledge capital,” Minister Gentleman said.

The Planning and Development Amendment Bill 2020 ensures the Territory’s investment in this important project, including the land, $25 million and the cost of site remediation, is protected. It also ensures that UNSW Canberra has appropriate flexibility to operate the new campus and that the community has confidence that the land will only be used for its intended purposes.

“It provides further protections so that any transfer or variation to the lease after the initial 20 year period would require the consent of the Planning and Land Authority, and any transfer would have to be to a vocational or tertiary education provider registered under Commonwealth legislation.

“The ACT Government looks forward to continuing to work with UNSW Canberra as they continue to engage with the community about the new campus,” he said.

UNSW Canberra Rector Professor Michael Frater said the news allows plans for the new campus to move ahead.

“This is great news not only for UNSW but also for Canberra. UNSW Canberra has a strong and proud history in the ACT and this new campus will allow UNSW an even greater role in the future of the city.

“This is very much the next phase of the UNSW Canberra story and we look forward to work continuing on the development of UNSW Canberra City,” Professor Frater said.

UNSW Canberra City campus

UNSW Canberra City welcomes legislation

UNSW Canberra City campus

UNSW Canberra has welcomed the introduction of the legislation today relating to the establishment of the UNSW Canberra City campus. UNSW is committed to build a world-class research, education and innovation campus in the heart of Canberra city.

UNSW President and Vice-Chancellor Professor Ian Jacobs said the introduction of legislation could not have come at a better time for Canberra.

“I am pleased that this initiative will strengthen Canberra’s economy and employment and will assist in the recovery from the current challenges.

“UNSW has a more than 50-year history of delivering outstanding education and research in Canberra. This new campus will enable us to take the scale and quality of our involvement in Canberra to a new level,” he said.

UNSW Canberra Rector Professor Michael Frater said the news of the introduction of legislation allows plans for the new campus to move ahead.

“We have just completed a period of community consultation. This involved the gathering of ideas and information from the local community that will be used to inform the development of the Campus Master Plan that will guide the planning and construction of the UNSW Canberra City campus.

“I want to thank all the community members who took the time to share their ideas and thoughts with the team, especially during these particularly uncertain times we have found ourselves in. It was great to see the level of engagement that occurred as we took our consultation online and we look forward to continuing the conversation as we move along with the project,” he said.

UNSW Canberra City will be built in stages to accommodate future growth and is located in the middle of Canberra’s research and innovation corridor, situated with other like-minded institutions such as the Defence and Intelligence Headquarters in Russell, and the Australian Academy of Science and Canberra Innovation Network in the city centre.

“UNSW Canberra City will also be home to a new Defence and Security Innovation Precinct. The dedicated innovation precinct will allow academics, companies, government bodies and community to come together to develop defence and security capability, talent and technology.”

“We have already begun to set this plan into motion with the opening of Launch on Northbourne, our collaborative workspace that has already proven to be a successful start to future operations on the new campus,” Professor Frater said.

Penten at Launch on Northbourne

Penten ready for Launch as anchor tenant

Penten at Launch on Northbourne

UNSW Canberra has welcomed local Canberra cyber security company Penten as the anchor tenant at the University’s new collaborative workspace precinct; Launch on Northbourne.

UNSW Canberra Rector, Professor Michael Frater said the concept of Launch is about the power of collaboration and Penten will be a leading contributor to the success of the collaborative model.

“Penten is a local Canberra company that has achieved great success having been recognised as Telstra’s 2018 Australian Business of the year as well as Australia Defence Industry’s 2019 Cyber business of the year.

“They also have a strong connection with UNSW Canberra; from advising and teaching into our cyber courses through to the staff they employ, with UNSW Canberra alumni being key members of the leadership team,” Professor Frater said.

“Penten is forward-thinking and innovative, working on future challenges that industry and Australia will face. I welcome them to Launch and am excited by the research and educational opportunities the collaboration will enable.”

Matthew Wilson, CEO of Penten said moving to Launch will enable the business to grow in a centrally located area that provides easy access for clients, industry partners and employees.

“The Launch collaboration space provides the opportunity to share ideas, resources and new methods of delivering capability in the defence, space and cyber industries,” Mr Wilson said.

Being part of a unique opportunity to contribute to the vibrant and growing community in Canberra, focused on Defence and national security, while sharing space with academia, government and industry partners was part of the appeal of the Launch concept.

“It also means being at the heart of innovation, which is something Penten strives to do,” Mr Wilson said.

ACT Minister for Advanced Technology and Space Industries, Mick Gentleman said Penten is a local success story, providing world-class sovereign defence and cyber capability and contributing to Canberra’s remarkable culture of innovation and excellence.

“It’s great to see companies like Penten continuing to grow here in Canberra. By working collaboratively alongside other organisations – like UNSW Canberra – our local advanced technology industries will be well placed to solve the cyber challenges of tomorrow.

“The ACT Government is committed to supporting our defence, space and cyber industries, which play a key role in diversifying the ACT economy, attracting more investment and creating more jobs for Canberra,” said Minister Gentleman.

Penten is an Australian cyber company focused on delivering defence and security technologies. It makes hardware and software cyber solutions to enable the modern war fighter and policy maker and give them the best advantage. In addition, the company creates secure mobility devices, encryption modules and automation tools to counter the adversary.

“Cyber security is a rapidly growing industry and defence is becoming more digital and connected. The future fight will include machine-on-machine conflict and we need to ensure Australia has world-leading defence and security technologies to tackle this challenge,” Mr Wilson said.

Launch on Northbourne was announced in December 2019 and is dedicated to the defence and security industries. It is a precursor to the larger Defence and Security Innovation Precinct, which will be established at UNSW Canberra’s new City campus.

The Precinct will facilitate new connections in the sector, fostering powerful collaborations and contributing to the advancement of Australia’s defence and security capabilities.

Overview Planning Process

Opportunities For Engagement

Overview Planning Process

An overview highlighting the community opportunities for engagement 

The opportunity for community input to the master plan closes on Monday 18 May 2020 with a range of opportunities available for you to contribute. However, this is the first of many conversations UNSW Canberra will have with the community as we plan and deliver the Canberra City campus.

This table shows how we intend to stage the development engagement, yellow highlights community opportunities for input. More information on these stages, as well as timings associated, will be available as the project progresses.

In the interests of public safety during the COVID 19 situation, all face-to-face engagement activities for the UNSW Canberra City campus Master Plan have been refocused to online and remote engagement opportunities. These new channels have been established to ensure you can still contribute your ideas in the same way you would do in-person. We have also extended the community and stakeholder engagement program for another two weeks and added an additional online drop-in kiosk. Head over to the Have Your Say page to learn more.

Canberra City campus design brief to NCA

On the 2nd of April 2020, UNSW Canberra presented a Design Brief to the National Capital Design Review Panel. This presentation forms the next stage of master planning and outline’s UNSW Canberra’s response to the National Capital Authority’s guidelines for developments in the area.

The presentation can be viewed here.

UNSW Canberra City given the green light

UNSW Canberra will build a world-class research, education and innovation campus in the heart of Canberra city following approval from the ACT Government.

ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr today made the announcement that the land on Constitution Avenue in the city’s east will be home to the new campus as well as a new Defence and Security Innovation Precinct.

UNSW President and Vice-Chancellor Professor Ian Jacobs said the initiative will strengthen Canberra’s reputation as a knowledge and innovation hub, as well as boost the city’s economy and employment.

“UNSW has a 50-year history of delivering outstanding education and research in Canberra. This new campus will enable us to take the scale and quality of our involvement in Canberra to a new level. It is an exciting time for UNSW and for the national capital, as its tertiary education credentials are further enhanced,” he said.

“I thank the Chief Minister and the ACT Government for allowing UNSW an even greater role in the future of the city.”

UNSW Canberra Rector Professor Michael Frater said the new Canberra City campus will provide the opportunity to expand on the courses currently offered at the Australian Defence Force Academy.

UNSW Canberra City will be built in stages to accommodate future growth and is located in the middle of Canberra’s research and innovation corridor, situated with other like-minded institutions such as the Defence and Intelligence Headquarters in Russell.

“The campus is an ideal location for universities, industry and government to collaborate, discover and drive global change,” Professor Frater said.

“UNSW Canberra City will also be home to a new Defence and Security Innovation Precinct.The dedicated innovation precinct will allow academics, companies, government bodies and community to come together to develop defence and security capability, talent and technology.”

UNSW Canberra is committed to working with all stakeholders including the ACT Government, National Capital Authority, CIT, and local residents. Today also marks the launch of the community consultation program inviting early input into the development of the master plan for the campus.

Complementing existing academic courses and research at the ADFA campus, UNSW Canberra City advances the University’s place in the nation’s capital, reinforcing its commitment to the region.

“Today marks the beginning of the next phase of the UNSW Canberra story and we look forward to work getting underway on the development of UNSW Canberra City,” Professor Frater said.

The community is invited to contribute to the master planning phase and can find out more here.

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Have your say on the Canberra City campus master plan

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The UNSW Canberra City campus will be located on the corner of Coranderrk Street and Constitution Avenue and the existing car park site across Constitution Avenue.

UNSW Canberra is committed to working with stakeholders and the community as master planning for the City campus commences.

We’d like to hear your ideas on how the campus should connect with the surrounding neighbourhood and broader city, the types of amenities that might be included, and how the natural environment could be enhanced in the design. In particular we would like your thoughts on:

  1. What is important to appropriately connect the UNSW Canberra City campus with the surrounding area and broader city?
  2. What amenities do you think are important for a teaching and research environment in this area?
  3. How can the natural environment be enhanced in this proposed urban development?
  4. What do you value in larger-scale developments in this area of Canberra?

With the current COVID-19 crisis, unfortunately face-to-face engagement activities are not currently available in the best interest of public safety. However, we have created a number of online and remote opportunities to participate that will allow you to contribute your thoughts and ideas in just the same way you would if you were speaking with us in person.

The opportunity for community input to the master plan closes on Monday 18 May. However this is the first of many conversations UNSW Canberra will have with the community as we plan and deliver the Canberra City campus. Find out how you can have your say on the Canberra City campus master plan.

YoWIE group

YoWIEs sighted in Canberra

Launch on Northbourne Opening

With less than 14% of degree qualified engineers in Australia being women, YoWIEs, or Young Women in Engineering are as difficult to find in engineering schools across Australia as their mythical counterparts.

This week, UNSW Canberra is hosting the largest pack of YoWIEs ever seen at its engineering summer school, and it really is an amazing sight.

The YoWIE program was created to directly disrupt the imbalance in the gender make up of Australian engineers. It has been designed specifically for young women and aims to show them engineering is for them through a number of fun, hands-on activities.

This year, more than 80 year 9 to 12 girls from across the country have come together to take part in the free three-day event. Some of the activities the girls will complete include designing satellites, building and testing rockets, disassembling a lawn mower and programming a robot. They will also hear from Liz Pearce who works at the Australian Space Agency.

Event organiser and aerospace engineer Dr Bianca Capra is passionate about increasing the number of women into the profession she loves.

“Engineering is a unique profession mixing creativity, abstract thinking and technical skills to solve unknown problems,” Dr Capra said.

“It is fundamental to our lives, yet sadly remains non-representative of our society. The innovative future that is our promise to further generations will only be achieved with diverse and inclusive teams – and increasing the number of women in engineering is a crucial first step to greater diversity.”

Dr Capra said the participants are at an important time in their schooling. Some will be deciding on subjects for their senior classes, while others considering university options.

“Over the next few days, these young women will develop and use the real skills of practicing engineers, improving not only their skills but their confidence in engineering. We hope that this week they are empowered to continue studies in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, which are critical subjects to any STEM career,” Dr Capra said.

“YoWIE continues to grow organically, with a year-on-year growth of about 28% so we must be doing something right! The success of YoWIE is testament to the depth of the program as well as the support from schools, teachers and parents. Importantly this program is having a real impact with several of our first pack of YoWIEs enrolling to studying engineering.

“We need gender parity in all areas of STEM, and particularly engineering where the numbers remain stubbornly low. It’s time we shook things up, and that’s what we do here at YoWIE and that’s why I love it.”

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UNSW Canberra awarded six ARC Discovery Projects

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Research into the swarm behaviours of robots, how sound waves exert force on objects and how a bird’s wingtip feathers contribute to its flying ability are among six UNSW Canberra projects awarded more than $2.8 million in Australian Research Council (ARC) funding.

Eleven academics from UNSW Canberra Engineering and IT were awarded funding from the ARC Discovery Projects on Wednesday.

In total, 72 UNSW projects received $30.8 million in the ARC Discovery Project scheme announced by Minister for Education Dan Tehan.

Professor Nicholas Fisk, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research), congratulated the University’s researchers on their funding success.

The Discovery Projects scheme provides funding for research projects that can be undertaken by individual researchers or research teams.

The objectives of the scheme include: supporting excellent basic and applied research by individuals and teams; encouraging high-quality research; enhancing international collaborations in research and expanding Australia’s knowledge base and research capabilities.


UNSW Canberra ARC Discovery Project 2020 Round grant recipients:

 

$580,000 to Professor Hussein Abbass and Dr Sondoss Elsawah

Transforming data assets into organisational knowledge assets sits in the hands of a few, highly specialised, data scientists. The aim of this research is to design educational instruments to support non-experts to teach artificial intelligence (AI) systems in a similar way to educating human teachers to teach human learners.

$390,000 to Professor Jiankun Hu

Privacy-preserving Biometrics based Authentication and Security. Password based authentication systems cannot verify genuine users. Biometric authentication can address this issue. The intended deliverables will include deep learning based biometric feature extractor, cancellable biometrics and cloud oriented biometrics security protocols.

$373,000 to Associate Professors Kathryn Kasmarik and Matthew Garratt

This project aims to develop algorithms to permit groups of robots to evolve coordinated, collective, swarm behaviours. Groups of robots will be conceptualised as developmental swarm organisms with an initially limited set of behaviours, but equipped with structures and processes to permit them to evolve new behaviours.

$540,000 to Professor Valeri Ougrinovski

The project aims to develop an innovative systems theory and optimisation methods to enhance the design of components for next-generation quantum communication networks. It will advance new theoretical knowledge and efficient algorithms that can be applied to make networks more efficient and less costly.

$400,000 to Dr David Powell

This project aims to investigate how sound waves exert forces on objects, and how these forces can be controlled by artificially engineered structures known as acoustic metamaterials. The project is expected to lead to a new understanding of acoustic radiation forces, and how they can be efficiently manipulated with high resolution.

$535,000 to Dr Fangbao Tian, Associate Professor John Young, Professor Joseph Lai and Dr Sridhar Ravi

This project aims to produce a deeper understanding of the role of wingtip feathers in the remarkable abilities of birds to fly in unsteady and unpredictable aerodynamic environments, and in some cases to do so almost silently.