Better healthcare for a growing community


Better healthcare for a growing community

The 2018 Budget will boost Canberra’s public healthcare with a major new investment in our hospitals and local health services.

The ACT Government already invests a third of the ACT Budget on healthcare. This year will see us step up that investment with more beds and surgeries, more resources for our emergency departments and more investment in new hospital infrastructure to meet the needs of our growing city.

This will see our investment in healthcare for Canberrans rise to about $2 billion a year by 2021-22.

More staff and frontline care

Our doctors, nurses, midwives and allied health staff are working hard to keep Canberrans healthy as our city grows. This Budget will back them up with a significant new investment in staff and services, including:

More health infrastructure for our future

Since July 2008, the ACT Government has invested over $1 billion in new and upgraded health infrastructure for Canberra. This has included the expansion of the Canberra Hospital Emergency Department and other upgrades to Canberra Hospital, and the brand new University of Canberra Hospital which will treat its first patients in July.

The 2018 Budget will continue our long-term investments in the hospitals and health facilities our city will need in the years ahead, including:

These new investments confirm that delivering territory wide, accessible, high quality healthcare for our growing city is one of the ACT Government’s top priorities.


Media contact: Claire Johnston     0452 597 459     ClaireV.Johnston@act.gov.au