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The Human Services Blueprint (Blueprint) is a whole of system reform agenda enabling community, health, education and justice systems to work together to support people and families. The Blueprint provides the systems approach to deliver ACT One Government commitments, including the Towards Zero Growth Healthy Weight Action Plan, Digital Canberra and Service ACT.

Phase One of the Blueprint implementation in 2013-14 focused on design and development. The second phase to continue throughout 2014 involves policy work to sequence key activities required to deliver the Blueprint. This report is part of the policy work to prepare for the commencement of the Local Service Network at the beginning of 2015.

The third phase (2015-16) will align and test key elements and activities required to deliver the system, while the fourth and final phase will involve evaluation and embedding of the Blueprint across the ACT.

Under the banner of Better Services, three Flagship initiatives are supporting a more integrated, person-centred and cost effective human service system – One Human Services Gateway, Strengthening Families and the West Belconnen Local Services Network.

The 2014-15 ACT Budget commits $1.335 million over two years (2015-2017) for a Human Services Blueprint Local Service Network (Network), located in West Belconnen.2

Based on the systems design outlined in the Blueprint, the Network will roll out key elements of the Blueprint through a place-based approach.

The Network will roll out new ways to better integrate local services, including local governance, flexible funding arrangements, enhanced service coordination, and data sharing. It will provide the government and community with an evidence base to better understand which services really do make a difference in improving people’s lives. Starting the Blueprint in a specific locality with a co design approach enables new approaches to be tested and their scalability assessed, before they are rolled out more broadly in the ACT.

Map: West Belconnen

For the purposes of the Local Services Network, West Belconnen is identified as those suburbs north west of Kingsford Smith Drive (highlighted section).

Chapter 1: Data Profile


This report is a collection of demographic data focused on the nine suburbs of
West Belconnen. The following nine suburbs have been identified as forming the
West Belconnen district: Charnwood, Dunlop, Flynn, Fraser, Higgins, Holt, Latham, Macgregor and Spence.

This data report provides the opportunity to understand the demographic make-up of the West Belconnen area and the nine suburbs. It also offers the opportunity to identify the different needs of each suburb and assist to identify the potential services needed to improve the lives of individuals in the West Belconnen community.

This report has not collected or discussed service usage data. This will be a responsibility of the West Belconnen Local Service Network.

Combining the demographic data and the future collection of service usage data will continue to build a picture of West Belconnen and the residents which live in the community.

Population size and structure

In 2013, the total population of the West Belconnen district was 37,026 which was

9.7 per cent of the total ACT population. 3

Women in the West Belconnen area form a very slight majority of 50.7 per cent of the total district population.4

The West Belconnen district has also seen an increase of 8.4 per cent over a five year period from 2008 to 2013. 5 This population increase can be attributed to the continual growth and development of two suburbs - Dunlop and Macgregor.

Figure 1: Population change, West Belconnen, 2008-2013.

Source: ABS, Cat no. 3218.0, Regional Population Growth, 2013 Australia.

West Belconnen is a diverse community, and is home to 11 per cent of the total

ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population.6

West Belconnen is also home to a mix of cultural backgrounds, with 23 per cent of the area’s population identifying as being born overseas. Of those West Belconnen residences that identified being born overseas, the following five countries had the highest representation; England, New Zealand, China, India and the Philippines.7

In 2011, 9 per cent of those individuals that resided in the ACT that were born in England lived in the West Belconnen area.8

Table 1: Five common countries of birth, West Belconnen and ACT, 2011.




Percentage residing in
West Belconnen


1 211

13 050


New Zealand


4 387


(excludes SARs and Taiwan)


6 592




5 886




2 424


Source: ABS, Basic Community Profile Series, 2011, Australia.

In 2011, 17 per cent of West Belconnen residents reported speaking a language other than English.9 Of those West Belconnen residence that identified speaking a language other than English, the following five languages had the highest representation; Spanish, Mandarin, Vietnamese, Arabic, Greek.10

In 2011, those individuals that resided in the ACT which spoke Spanish, 13 per cent lived in the West Belconnen area.11

Table 2: Five common language other than English, West Belconnen and ACT, 2011.




Percentage residing in West Belconnen



2 924




6 676




3 784




2 421




2 775


Source: ABS, Basic Community Profile Series, 2011, Australia.

Table 3: Selected characteristics, West Belconnen and ACT, 2011.


West Belconnen



35 427

356 586

Born in Australia

26 981

254 620

Aboriginal and
Torres Strait Islander


5 154

Born Overseas

8 446

86 165

Speaks a language other
than English

6 287

64 572

Source: ABS, Basic Community Profile Series, 2011, Australia.

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