ANU Campus Master Plan 2030

Published 2010

ANU will spend 2018 focusing on its future by developing a refreshed Master Plan for its Acton campus. Aligning with the ANU Strategic Plan 2021, while also looking further forward to 2030, the ANU Acton Master Plan will deliver a clear plan to deliver excellence across the campus’ built environment into the future.

The Australian National University Campus Master Plan 2030 is a long-range, comprehensive plan intended to guide the physical growth and development of the University's Acton campus. It considers all aspects of land use and their relationships to relevant services and stakeholders.

The primary purpose of the Campus Master Plan 2030 is to guide transformation and development of the campus into a place that attracts, delights and inspires people to perform at the very highest standards. As our community is growing and changing; the spaces in which we meet, work and recreate on the campus need to reflect those changes.

The Campus Master Plan 2030 seeks to maintain and improve the function and character of the University and to improve connection and circulation on the campus. The diversity of the landscape are being enhanced; new buildings are strengthening the campus structure and positively contributing to the social and academic life of the campus.


Key themes

The Campus Master Plan 2030 is built around a number of key themes. Rather than focus on specific projects, these themes set out interrelating areas, processes and rules which guide future development. The key themes are:

  1. Academic intent
  2. Functional elements
  3. Campus structure
  4. Built form
  5. Heritage
  6. Landscape
  7. Transport and movement
  8. Infrastructure
  9. A living campus
  10. Sustainability and the environment


For any proposed construction activity on the Acton campus, The National Capital Plan, Australian National University Precinct Code establishes a planning framework for development.


Improved transport into ANU

Parking amenity and car movement through campus was an important consideration of the Campus Master Plan 2030. This consideration took account of health and safety, alternative transport modes, and space required for current and future buildings as well as open spaces.

As a result of these considerations, ANU has offered different transport options to staff, students and visitors of the campus. One of the most popular is cycling which proved as affordable and simple solution to get around the campus. The campus has over forty enclosures with enough storage for over 2000 bikes. In addition to this, the Timely Treadly program provides staff and postgraduate students with access to more than 100 bicycles for travel around campus.

ANU has also introduced ANU carshare that offers a flexible, affordable and sustainable transport option so that you can book and drive a vehicle for either business or private use. 

The University is well serviced by buses, with over thirty routes travelling close to and through campus. Part of the work in the ANU Exchange allowed for an improved bus facility at the north eastern edge of the campus.


Acton campus precincts

One of the main goals of the Campus Master Plan 2030 process was to examine the Acton campus precinct structure. At this stage, it is difficult to envisage all ANU Colleges having their own precinct as some ANU Colleges are centrally located whereas others have teaching, academic and research facilities scattered across the campus.

The Campus Master Plan 2030 process examines the way that Colleges are distributed across Acton campus and how other mechanisms could improve interactions.


Teaching and research facilities

Information and communications technology are changing the way universities work. Virtual teaching and electronic communications systems available to ANU already allow for a wide range of alternative modes of teaching and research participation.

However, the ANU places considerable faith in its existing Acton campus to provide a place for people to think, learn and teach. Spaces in the physical environment for face-to-face teaching, research and meetings are important elements in a quality academic solution and will remain as an important part of the Acton campus.