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Our community

To create great places and thriving communities, we work closely with:

  • the Canberra community
  • community councils and groups
  • builders, suppliers and contractors
  • local and international industry and business groups
  • ACT Government directorates and other agencies and authorities

Our community development program, Mingle, is designed to help new residents feel part of our communities and become involved in local activities.

Understanding community needs

We regularly engage with the community through open conversions, events and online platforms.

We consult so that the choices of land and diverse mix of housing types reflect the changing needs and preferences of the Canberra community.

We seek to capture the history, unique features, and place stories of all developments. We engage with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community leaders and the traditional land custodians to guide the stories of each place.


We consult through both formal and informal methods including workshops, displays, forums, mailouts and the Mingle program.

You can also share ideas and have your say on our current consultations at the Your Say website.

Working with industry

We collaborate with industry at all levels, including:

  • Master Builders Association (ACT)
  • Housing Industry Association
  • Property Council of Australia
  • Clean Energy Council
  • local real estate professionals
  • planning professionals
  • developers
  • civil construction contractors

Our urban renewal approach includes complex land sale methods that focus on quality outcomes. We work closely with developers to guide the creation of sustainable mixed-use precincts that showcase Canberra’s unique business and art community, and become much-loved urban destinations.

Agency purchasing arrangements

All staff are employed under the Public Sector Management Act 1994 and abide by the ACT Government Code of Conduct 2012. As such, we follow a whole of government approach when purchasing goods and services, including:

  • seeking at least one oral quote from a supplier if the goods are valued less than $25,000
  • seeking three written quotes for purchases valued over $25,000 but under $200,000
  • inviting public tenders if the total estimated value of the purchase is $200,000 or over

We also use whole of government panels and schemes for services such as marketing, real estate services and valuation services. These panels are open to appropriately credentialed businesses.

We monitor our procurement processes to make sure that all panel suppliers receive equal opportunities to tender for services they are qualified to deliver.

Find out more about whole of government panels or schemes, including registration, at Tenders ACT.