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The following data requests have been placed with the appropriate ACT Government Directorate to receive current and up to date data, as part of reporting on the Strengthening Families Outcomes Frameworks.

Healthy Lives

Proportion of children who are fully immunised

Proportion of people who are overweight of obese

Proportion of people aged 14 and over who use alcohol, tobacco and other drugs

Leading causes of hospitalisation (including psychiatric hospitalisation)

Proportion of ACT resident women aged 15-19 who gave birth in the ACT

Safe Community

Family income spent on housing

Substantiated child abuse

Children and young people in out of home care

Children and young people on care and protection orders

Young people entering youth justice facilities

Crime rate by type of offence

Inclusive Community

Unemployment rate

Household income

Proportion of public school year 12 graduates who are employed or studying six months after completing year 12

Proportion of people (surveyed) who feel they are able to have their say about things that are important to them

Educated Community

Children with basic skills for life and learning (AEDI)

Children enrolled in preschool

Students achieving at or above the national minimum standard in literacy and numeracy

Year 10-12 apparent retention

School attendance rate of students in years 1-10

Proportion of year 12 Students show receive a year 12 certificate

While this data report specifically focuses on the demographic data of West Belconnen, collection of service usage data will be the responsibility of the West Belconnen Local Services 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 that live in the area.


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

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

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

Table 4: Families, West Belconnen, 2011.

Table 5: Living alone and group households, West Belconnen, 2011.

Table 6: Relationship status, West Belconnen, males and females, 2011.

Table 7: Occupation representation, West Belconnen and ACT, 2011.

Table 8: Area and individual disadvantage, West Belconnen, 2006 and 2011.

Table 9: Higher education qualification, West Belconnen, males and females, 2011.

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

Figure 2: West Belconnen suburb population total and median age, 2011

Figure 3: Population distribution by age, male and female, West Belconnen.

Figure 4: Median weekly rent payment and monthly mortgage repayment, West Belconnen suburbs, 2011.

Figure 5: Employment rates, West Belconnen suburbs, 2011.

Figure 6: Median Personal, Household and Families with Children Income, West Belconnen suburbs, 2011.

Figure 7: Participation in unpaid domestic labour, West Belconnen, females and males, 2011.

Figure 8: Unpaid childcare, West Belconnen, females and males, 2011.

Figure 9: Attending an education institution, West Belconnen suburbs, 2011.

Figure 10: Year 12 certificate or equivalent, West Belconnen, males and females, 2011.

Figure 11: Volunteering aged 15 years and over, ACT, females, 2011.

Chapter 2: Infrastructure and Services


This report provides a snapshot of the infrastructure that is available in West Belconnen. It provides an overview for an additional examination of needs, opportunities and constraints, to support further policy development. The report has been produced by the Community Services Directorate with input from other ACT Government Directorates and non-government service providers.

It is designed to support the high level of cooperation and commitment required across Government and community sectors that will be required to implement the

West Belconnen Local Service Network as part of the Blueprint reforms.

It is envisaged that the assessment may be useful for service providers, executive staff,

policy officers and front line workers in government and community sector organisations in developing new arrangements for local governance, service coordination, data sharing, and outcomes tracking and evaluation.

A number of major educational, health, retail and recreational facilities are located outside the West Belconnen area, although still in the Belconnen district. These include the University of Canberra, Canberra Institute of Technology (Bruce), Calvary Hospital, Westfield Belconnen, Belconnen Town Centre and the Canberra International Sports and Aquatic Centre.

West Belconnen features a range of infrastructure, facilities and services, related to education and health. A number of community sector organisations also provide services and programs to the local community. In this context, there are significant opportunities for the alignment of services and the reform of the service system to the West Belconnen community.

Areas for future analysis

In the next few years the Riverview Group housing development is planned for the western edge of Belconnen (website: http://talkwestbelconnen.com.au/). The Riverview Group, a subsidiary company of Corkhill Bros Pty Ltd, is a property development company along the east coast of Australia. The development will cross the ACT and NSW borders, posing particular governance challenges for both jurisdictions, including changes to the planning controls that currently apply to the site, on both sides of the border. The Evolving Draft Master Plan for West Belconnen is available at http://talkwestbelconnen.com.au/planning/evolving-draft-master-plan/

It is anticipated that this expansion will add five suburbs; 8,000 dwellings and approximately 22,000 people to West Belconnen by 2040, increasing demand for a range of community services.

These include long day care centres, before and after school care, preschool services,
a Government primary school, ovals, community centres, community gardens, and
an aged day care centre.

Subject to rezoning and other approvals, the West Belconnen project will initially deliver about 4,500 new homes in the ACT for about 10,000 people. As homes are built in a number of stages over the next 10 to 15 years, the project will contribute to meeting housing demand in the ACT and region. It is estimated that by 2040 the development will bring to West Belconnen an additional:

  • 660 babies (0-4 years)

  • 1,540 primary aged children (5-11 years)
  • 2,420 high school children (12-15 years)

  • 1,320 college students (16-18 years)

  • 2,200 seniors (60 years plus)

Ongoing collaboration with the Riverview Group will be required to ensure future development takes into account the service demand and supply available in the
West Belconnen area.

This report is primarily a scan of infrastructure and services which suggests a number of areas for further analysis relevant to service system reform. A Community Data profile and Community Engagement Report have also been prepared and should be read in conjunction with this report.

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