Destination 2030 - A Vision for Canberra

In March 2016 Canberra Business Chamber released Destination 2030, a roadmap for the Territory’s future that builds on its current strengths.

“An election year is always a time of promises and policy ideas,” Canberra Business Chamber Chair, Glenn Keys said. “This year we have both levels of government going to the polls and we want to make sure they get it right when it comes to initiatives for our city.

“By presenting this blueprint to all parties now, we are urging them to develop policy initiatives that will take us into the future and deliver on these goals.”


“Governments can’t do this alone. The Canberra of 2030 we are proposing requires collaboration between governments, business, the community and individuals in order to create a region we will all be proud to live in.”


Destination 2030 was developed through comprehensive consultation with Chamber members and Kindred Organisations.

These are the priorities the local business sector are telling us must be pursued to ensure Canberra continues to thrive and grows into the city we know it can be.

The document outlines a vision for an ACT that is liveable, international, connected, agile and resilient.

Our region is already kicking goals, but this is about what we can do together over the next 15 years to leverage off our assets and continue to evolve and mature. It will help us plan and stay on track as we move forward.

The Chamber has developed the following landmarks to confirm we are on track to reach our objectives by 2030:

  • Creation of a Committee for Canberra to champion the city and region and advocate to support Canberra as a leading liveable city for all;
  • Support for infrastructure projects that generate economic growth and new business opportunities;
  • Develop and deliver an Asian Market strategy for trade, business and tourism;
  • Procure, build and operate the Australia Forum;
  • Collaboration to develop an inclusive region that supports all citizens, including vulnerable members of the community, to prosper;
  • Build Canberra’s status as a globally recognised city for business, trade and education; and
  • Upgrade transport infrastructure to deliver efficient and safe links within the region.

“These are the priorities the local business sector are telling us must be pursued to ensure Canberra continues to thrive and grows into the city we know it can be”

Glenn Keys
CBC Chair

First Year Report Card

31 October 2017

The ACT has got off to a good start in achieving Destination 2030: A Vision for Canberra, according to a report card released by the Canberra Business Chamber.

Destination 2030 is a roadmap for achieving a Canberra Region that is Connected, Agile, International, Liveable and Resilient. Reflecting on the first year since its release, the report card scores progress against each of these priorities.

“This vision was developed through comprehensive consultation with Chamber members and our Kindred Organisations,” Canberra Business Chamber Chair, Glenn Keys explained. “What we developed were key agreed goals which can be achieved through collaboration between governments, business, the community and individuals.

“The 2017 First Year Report Card is designed to ensure we are on track as we move towards 2030.

Although only one year into the 15-year journey, the report card shows significant headway has already been made, with no priority area scoring less than a B for achievement to date.

The highest score was an A+ for Connected followed by Agile, International, Liveable and Resilient.

“Positive steps have been taken under each criterion,” Mr Keys praised. “International flights have been a major win, as has establishment of the City Renewal Authority, light rail, support for social enterprises, and efforts to combat obesity.”

While grades were very respectable, the report card also highlights areas for attention in the coming year.

Challenges that still need to be addressed to move the Canberra Region closer to its 2030 vision include:

  • Continuing to build and facilitate links between research and tertiary institutions, business, embassies and government.
  • Further economic diversification into cyber security and the development of related skills, training and education.
  • Understanding and resolving freight supply chain and infrastructure issues across the Canberra Region.
  • Successfully undertaking an Autonomous Vehicle Trial.
  • Securing investment for major infrastructure projects, such as the Australia Forum, which will drive economic growth and business opportunities.
  • Developing partnerships between government and business to establish Canberra as a world leader in the development and application of renewable energy technology.