Reid and Parkes blocks

Site testing on Parkes and Reid blocks

Reid and Parkes blocks

In March this year, the ACT Government entered in to a precinct deed with UNSW which details the investment in to a new campus, including approximately eight hectares of land in Reid and Parkes.

UNSW Canberra has since been working actively with the ACT Government on the planning for the Precinct and as part of this process, are required to undertake site testing on the Reid and Parkes blocks.

Testing will determine the presence and extent of any environmental contamination on the Reid and Parkes blocks for the future UNSW Canberra City campus development. Disruption caused by site testing will be minimal, details of the testing schedule are as follows:

  • Part closure of the Parkes gravel carpark on Constitution Avenue will commence on Monday,14 December 2020 and the carpark will be available at full capacity again from Thursday, 30 December 2020.
  • Testing on the Parkes site will be coordinated in two phases allowing the gravel car park to operate at 50% capacity during testing.
  • Testing on the Reid site (CIT campus) will commence Monday, 4 January 2021 and be completed by Friday, 15 January 2021.
  • Testing on the Reid site, has been scheduled outside of the teaching semester to keep disruption to a minimum.

The ACT Government will be erecting signage in the Parkes carpark advising patrons of the part closure of the carpark. All efforts have been made to minimise any impact to people using the carpark by scheduling the site testing during the CIT semester break and the Christmas holiday period. However, we apologise in advance for any disruption.

If you are experiencing any issues as a result of the site testing activity, or have any questions, please contact Access Canberra on 13 22 81.

Alliance of top universities urges G20 leaders to prioritise net zero emissions

The International Universities Climate Alliance’s first major initiative will call on world leaders to act on the climate emergency.

UNSW Sydney will lead an international coalition of top climate research universities when it issues its first Declaration today ahead of the G20 Summit on 21 and 22 November 2020.

The International Universities Climate Alliance member universities span all populated continents, representing one-third of the 100 highest performing climate research universities and a quarter of the top 100 environmental research universities worldwide.

Its Declaration implores world leaders to use the post-COVID recovery to implement measures to counteract climate change, warning that failure to do so will lock in catastrophic consequences for generations to come. Regional media events will be held with a panel of speakers from Asia Pacific and UK university members.

Watch Ian Jacobs speak here.

Professor Ian Jacobs, President and Vice-Chancellor of UNSW Sydney in Australia, which founded and leads the Alliance, said he and his colleagues recognised the need for experts with diverse voices to speak out about the climate crisis.

“Many challenges lie ahead of us in combatting the existential crisis in which the world finds itself. The International Universities Climate Alliance is a rich resource upon which governments, business, industry and the wider community can rely for evidence-based expert advice.”

UNSW Scientia Professor Matthew England said that Australia was highly exposed to the worst impacts of climate change – as demonstrated by recent bushfires, coral bleaching, floods and droughts – and has a pivotal role to play in contributing to the Alliance.

“With G20 member countries representing nearly 80 per cent of global COemissions and 85 per cent of global GDP, they have the obligation, the opportunity, and the means to lead global systemic change,” Prof. England said.

UNSW has a proud history of being at the forefront of climate science and renewable energy – the solar cell technology which underpins 50 per cent of solar panels around the world was developed at the University. Prof. Jacobs has also committed to divesting UNSW’s fossil fuel assets by 2025 as part of its net-zero emissions goal, in line with the Paris Agreement commitment to limit global warming to 1.5°C.

The Climate Alliance is unprecedented in scale and scope and will support world leaders, policymakers and industry in planning for, and responding to, climate change. The advent of the Climate Alliance comes as momentum is building for countries to decarbonise their economies. In recent months there have been moves by various nations to fortify incremental efforts with policies and actions equal to the urgency of the situation.

The Alliance will provide a central hub for universities to share the latest climate research and enable greater collaboration between leading research teams.

Update: watch the panel of climate research experts from across the Asia Pacific discuss the Declaration urging G20 leaders to prioritise net-zero emissions.

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.

city campus map

Have your say on the Canberra City campus master plan

city campus map
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.