The ACT Government recognises the role the ACT and Canberra plays within the broader region – as a city in its own right, as the nation's capital, and as a regional hub servicing a population of over 600,000 people. There are advantages and economies of scale that are achieved in servicing a population beyond our own jurisdictional boundaries.
The ACT and surrounding region South East region of NSW are intrinsically linked. Effective and productive regional engagement mechanisms will facilitate a maturing of the relationship between the two jurisdictions leading to enhanced opportunities and improved outcomes.
The ACT Government engages with the Federal Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development on a range of regional issues including input to national regional policy, the Regional Development Australia Committee ACT and the Regional Development Australia Fund.
The relationship between the ACT and NSW Governments is framed by the Memorandum of Understanding for Regional Collaboration, signed in December 2011.
Engagement with NSW Local Council takes place through a number of ways including South East Regional Organisation of Councils (SEROC) and direct meetings between the Chief Minister and local Mayors.
- Estimated Resident Population (ACT and Surrounds - September 2012)
- Regional Demographic Profiles
- Indicators for a statistical portrait of the Australian Capital Region (July 2012)
- ACT and Surrounds - Demographic and Social Indicators
ACT Government Regional Publications
The ACT and its Region: Economic Relationships and Key Drivers of Economic Growth was commissioned by the ACT Government in February 2008 to support the preparation of the ACT's economic strategy (Capital Development). The report examines economic activity and linkages in the ACT and its region, the outlook and structure of the ACT economy, and the economic opportunities and risks facing the ACT.