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University purpose: Creating an unrivalled campus environment

Analysis of performance against purpose

The Kambri precinct was officially opened on 11 February 2019 as the University’s new central meeting space, and offers the campus community new educational and event spaces, staff and student services, and recreation facilities. For the traditional custodians of this land, ‘Kambri’ has been a meeting place for thousands of years. The name was gifted to ANU by representatives of the Little Gudgenby River Tribal Council, Buru Ngunawal Aboriginal Corporation, King Brown Tribal Group, and the Ngarigu Currawong Clan, and is used with pride and respect.

The University launched the new Acton Campus Master Plan on 1 August 2019 to guide the comprehensive physical renewal of the campus over the next 20–30 years. The Master Plan incorporates elements such as heritage, energy management and technology with more classic aspects such as landscape and building design standards. The campus Indigenous heritage is a key aspect that is acknowledged and integrated in the plan and active steps will be taken to preserve that heritage. The Master Plan’s implementation will transform the look and feel of the campus to become a network of new hubs linked by landscaped promenades and provide better pedestrian and bicycle networks with strong city connections. The Master Plan will further enhance the magnificent natural bushland setting of the campus, integrate architecture and landscape to create an unrivalled student experience with supporting research and teaching facilities.

Performance criterion

Demand for on-campus student accommodation met by 2021

Criterion source

ANU Strategic Plan 2019–2022, Key Performance Indicator 12, p.25

Result against performance criterion


Analysis of performance

In 2019, with the opening of the new Bruce Hall, Wright Hall and Fenner Hall, the overall availability of beds on-campus grew. Application data shows demand for accommodation remains stable, and therefore more students seeking accommodation were able to be accommodated on-campus.

Work is progressing on the construction of new undergraduate and postgraduate accommodation that will provide additional places for people to live on-campus.

While current demand projections have been met, the University is continuing to access supply needs and new work will meet emerging demand. This includes considering diversified residential settings, family accommodation, shared accommodation, and more affordable accommodation. Demand is expected to increase as the University continues to diversify its student population and increase participation from interstate, rural, regional and Indigenous students.

Demand for on-campus student accommodation met by 2021