North Canberra Community Council


Location Map for Acton
Location Map for Acton

Acton is a suburb of Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia. Acton covers an area west of the CBD, bordered by Black Mountain to the west and Lake Burley Griffin in the south. The Australian National University campus covers most of the suburb, though also located in Acton is National Film and Sound Archive, a branch of the CSIRO and the National Museum of Australia. The population of Acton on census night 2001 was 1846 people, mostly students living at the Australian National University.

Acton was named in approximately 1843 by Lieutenant Arthur Jeffreys, RN, after a town in Denbighshire, Wales. The name of the area was kept as the suburb name when Canberra was built.

The population count of Acton on census night 2021 was 2,848 people.


Most Recent Acton Development Applications

planningalertsThe latest public Environment and Planning Directorate – Planning notifications can also be accessed from their site. The following is an extract of the public applications selected by NCCC that principally relate to Acton or have an impact on North Canberra or its residents; the extract may not be complete and does not contain development applications that are not publicly notified.

Address: 16 Kendall Lane, City, ACT

Development Application: 201936023

Desecription: LEASE VARIATION - consolidation of the Crown lease over blocks 8 and 11 section 24 City with the Crown lease over block 1 section 115 city and block 12 section 24 city.
Comment closure date: 2019-10-10

Address: 20 Frith Road, Acton, ACT

Development Application: 200916410

Desecription: COMMERCIAL-INDUSTRIAL;ADDITIONS & ALTERATIONS;DEMOLITION- Proposed augmentation of Civic Substation including expansion of existing switchyard, modification to 132kV line termination, installation of new electrical equipment, new security fence around facility, demolition of existing security fence and part of control room building.
Comment closure date:

(Note: Earlier Development Applications can be seen by accessing the ACTPLA website or by going to PlanningAlerts. Note ACTPLA do remove access to the development application documentation some time after the DA closes, but PlanningAlerts do retain some basic historical information.)