Growing more jobs


The ACT has one of the fastest growing economies in the country. This Budget will continue to grow our economy and create more jobs for our growing city.

Our strong economic growth saw the creation of 10,000 new jobs last year and over 2,000 businesses operating in Canberra today than there were three years ago. And our companies are doing more international business than ever before, with the ACT’s services exports rising by 22 per cent since 2015.

The 2018 Budget forecasts strong growth in jobs and economic activity in the years ahead. This will be driven by a diverse range of industries including education, tourism and advanced knowledge industries.

More and better jobs

We expect to see more jobs created in a range of key knowledge-based industries, including technology systems design, cyber security, defence, research, and private contracting.

The ACT Government is focused on making it as easy as possible to do business in Canberra and continues to invest in programs and initiatives that will bolster this growth, and diversify our jobs base to benefit all Canberrans.

We deliver a wide range of training and skills development programs so all Canberrans have the opportunity to gain solid qualifications that will lead to a good job. Growing Canberra’s skills base is also important to ensure we have the right workers to deliver the services, infrastructure and other major projects our city needs now and in the years ahead.

Growing our flourishing tourism industry

Together with our national institutions and local businesses, the ACT Government is spreading the word about what Canberra has to offer, and its working. In 2018 Lonely Planet recognised Canberra as one of the top cities in the world to visit. Our eclectic arts and cultural calendar, pristine natural environment, thriving culinary scene and new international flights mean our tourism industry is flourishing.


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