COVID-19 Announcement

Major Projects Canberra is committed to progressing the delivery of ACT Government infrastructure projects and appropriately engaging with our community on those projects.

As a consequence of recent health advice, and so as to reduce risks associated with the COVID-19 pandemic to members of our community and staff, Major Projects Canberra is postponing all in-person community engagement activities. This relates to all of our projects including Light Rail Stage 2A, SPIRE Project and the CIT-Woden project.

This is effective immediately and will continue until guidance from health authorities advises activities are able to be resumed. If you have any questions, please email spire@act.gov.au.

We thank you for your patience during this time.



Project status: Open

How to have YourSay:

The SPIRE Project is the largest healthcare infrastructure project undertaken by any ACT Government. It will deliver a state-of-the-art emergency, surgical and critical healthcare facility on the Canberra Hospital Campus.

The SPIRE Project will replace buildings 5 and 24. These buildings are being vacated and demolished to clear the footprint for construction of the SPIRE Project to commence in 2021 and be completed by 2024.

Detailed information about the SPIRE Project can be found in the SPIRE Project: The Facts information sheet.

Find out more by selecting an option below. You can also contact us directly by emailing spire@act.gov.au

Local Community Reference Group

We are invested in meaningful engagement with interested community members who would like to contribute to the conversation around the planning of this new facility.

The Local Community Reference Group will be tasked with providing input into:

  • Streetscaping so all elements fit cohesively together in the visual landscape
  • Contributing to the urban design of the SPIRE Project
  • Collaborating with other Government organisations to address concerns around key traffic interfaces, to arrive at innovative solutions that meet the needs of the local community.

The first Local Community Reference Group Forum was held 4 February 2020, providing a chance for the local community to share their thoughts, concerns and aspirations for the new emergency and surgical procedure facility at Canberra Hospital.

Themes that were explored at the Forum included:

  • Urban design
  • Delivery arrangements.
  • Parking and local traffic
  • School access

Feedback on specific interests and concerns raised at the first Forum will be documented and used to guide the Local Community Reference Group’s (LCRG) meetings going forward.

The LCRG will meet monthly to help shape the SPIRE Project. Key discussion points will be shared at future Forums and this page throughout the year.

To find out about feedback and ideas received at the LCRG Forum, you can view a high-level summary by reading the ‘What We Heard’ report.

Please refer to the Terms of Reference and FAQs for more information.

Consumer Reference Group

We are also engaging with a Consumer Reference Group which is comprised of members from:

  • Health Care Consumers Association
  • Mental Health Consumers Network
  • CHS Patient Experience Team
  • Carers ACT
  • Council of the Ageing
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elected Body
  • Multicultural Advisory Council ACT
  • People with Disabilities ACT

This Group is another meaningful way the ACT Government is working with key professional and community representatives to ensure the design of the SPIRE Project meets the needs of the community.

Pop in to one of our pop-ups

Pop-ups have started to appear all over Canberra – from Gungahlin to Tuggeranong and plenty of places in between.

We’ve already held pop-ups at the Phillip Community Health Centre and the Canberra Hospital. The response from Canberrans has been great. Everyone is interested in the SPIRE Project and the level of healthcare the new facility will provide.

We have many more pop-ups scheduled in 2020 – take a look at our timeline to see where we’ll be. If you’re in the area, come on over and have a chat with us about the SPIRE Project.

For more information, please contact the SPIRE Project team by emailing spire@act.gov.au.

We are looking at:

At this early stage in design planning, there is a lot of opportunity to discuss what is important to our near neighbours and the greater ACT community.

An upcoming focus area is the enabling works - a series of smaller projects to prepare for the construction of the main facility. The enabling works will involve the relocation of several services, ensuring essential healthcare is not disrupted during the construction period.By commencing enabling works now, we expect to begin construction of the new main facility in 2021.

We will use your views to:

Information and feedback from the YourSay website will be collated and provided to the Local Community Reference Group and the Consumer Reference Group for consideration and action.

If you have any questions or concerns, contact the SPIRE Project Team.