South Canberra

Coordinates: 35°18′39″S 149°07′28″E / 35.31083°S 149.12444°E / -35.31083; 149.12444
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South Canberra
Canberra CentralAustralian Capital Territory
Coordinates35°18′39″S 149°07′28″E / 35.31083°S 149.12444°E / -35.31083; 149.12444
Population31,592 (2021 census)[1]
 • Density913.1/km2 (2,365/sq mi)
Postcode(s)2600, 2603, 2604, 2609
Area34.6 km2 (13.4 sq mi)
Territory electorate(s)
Federal division(s)Canberra
Localities around South Canberra:
Belconnen North Canberra North Canberra
Molonglo Valley South Canberra Majura
Woden Valley Jerrabomberra Queanbeyan

South Canberra, or the Inner South, is a subdivision of Canberra Central in the Australian Capital Territory in Australia.

South Canberra is only separated from North Canberra only by Lake Burley Griffin. The two subdivisions combined form the district of Canberra Central and share Civic as their central commercial area.

It is one of the oldest parts of Canberra and is built in part in accordance to Walter Burley Griffin's designs.

According to the 2021 census, South Canberra's population was 31,592.[1]

Places of note[edit]

Sites of significance[edit]

In 1984 the National Capital Development Commission commissioned the identification and documentation of sites of significance in the ACT. The results for Inner Canberra were published in 1988. Sites with both natural and cultural significance were identified. Many of these are listed on the ACT Heritage Register.

Cultural sites of significance:

Natural sites of significance:


At the 2021 census, South Canberra had a population of 31,592 of which 48.3% were male and 51.7% were female. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people made up 1.3% of the population, which was lower than the national and territory averages. The median age of people in South Canberra was 40 years, which was slightly higher than the national median of 38 years. Children aged 0–14 years made up 13.7% of the population and people aged 65 years and over made up 18.5% of the population. Of people in the area aged 15 years and over, 45.2% were married and 10.6% were either divorced or separated.[1]

Population growth in North Canberra between the 2001 census and the 2006 census was minus 2.0%; in the five years to the 2011 census, growth was 2.1%; in the five years to the 2016 census, growth was 11.8%; and in the five years to the 2021 census, growth was 17.0%. Population growth in South Canberra was slower than the national average during the first 10 years (national average for each five year period was 5.8% and 8.3% respectively), but it has been significantly faster since (the national average was 8.8% and 8.6% in the last two periods).[2][3][4][5] The median weekly income for residents within South Canberra was significantly higher than the national and territory averages.[5]


The Inner South is part of the Division of Canberra in the Australian House of Representatives and is currently represented by Alicia Payne. As of 2020, most of the Inner South is represented in the Australian Capital Territory Legislative Assembly by 5 members representing Kurrajong. Deakin and Yarralumla are represented by 5 members representing Murrumbidgee.

Inner South Canberra Community Council: The Inner South Canberra Community Council (ISCCC) [6] is a voluntary, not for profit, community-based association operating in the inner south area of Canberra, in the Australian Capital Territory. The ISCCC is recognised by the ACT Government as a peak community body representing the interests of the local residents, businesses and organisations. The ISCCC’s objective is to preserve and improve the social, cultural, economic and environmental well being of Inner South Canberra and the Inner South Canberra community. The ISCCC Is not a local government.

Selected historical census data for South Canberra
Census year 2001[2] 2006[3] 2011[4] 2016[5] 2021[1]
Population Estimated residents on census night 24,139 23,668 24,154 27,007 31,592
Percentage of the Australian Capital Territory population 7.8% Decrease 7.3% Decrease 6.8% Steady 6.8% Increase 7.0%
Percentage of the Australian population 0.13% Decrease 0.12% Decrease 0.11% Increase 0.12% Steady 0.12%
Birthplace and language diversity
top responses
Australia 70.9% Decrease 70.8% Decrease 70.4% Decrease 66.7% Rise 67.6%
England 5.1% Decrease 4.4% Increase 4.7% Decrease 4.1% Decrease 4.0%
India n/a n/a 1.3% Increase 1.6% Increase 2.1%
China n/a n/a n/a 1.5% Increase 1.6%
New Zealand 1.6% Decrease 1.5% Steady 1.5% Decrease 1.4% Decrease 1.3%
United States 0.8% Increase 0.9% Increase 1.1% Increase 1.3% Steady 1.3%
top responses
(other than English)
Mandarin n/a n/a 1.0% Increase 2.0% Increase 2.3%
French 0.8% Decrease 0.7% Increase 1.2% Increase 1.6% Decrease 1.5%
Italian 1.6% Decrease 1.4% Steady 1.4% Steady 1.4% Decrease 1.0%
Greek 0.9% Steady 0.9% Increase 1.1% Decrease 0.9% Steady 0.9%
Hindi n/a n/a n/a n/a 0.9%
Cantonese n/a 0.7% Steady 0.7% Increase 0.8% n/a
Religious affiliation
Religious affiliation,
top responses
No Religion 21.5% Increase 24.9% Increase 30.8% Increase 38.2% Increase 45.8%
Catholic 25.3% Increase 25.8% Decrease 24.3% Decrease 20.6% Decrease 18.3%
Anglican 21.4% Decrease 18.7% Decrease 16.9% Decrease 12.1% Decrease 10.1%
Hinduism n/a n/a n/a n/a 2.8%
Uniting Church 4.1% Decrease 3.8% Decrease 3.3% Decrease 2.5% n/a
Median weekly incomes
Personal income Median weekly personal income A$915 A$1,172 A$1,376 A$1,600
Percentage of Australian median income 196.4% Increase 203.1% Increase 207.9% Decrease 189.7%
Family income Median weekly family income A$2,306 A$2,871 A$3,178 A$3,726
Percentage of Australian median income 196.9% Decrease 193.9% Decrease 183.3% Decrease 175.8%
Household income Median weekly household income A$1,711 A$2,383 A$2,333 A$2,711
Percentage of Australian median income 166.6% Increase 193.1% Decrease 162.2% Decrease 155.3%
Dwelling structure
Type Separate house 57.3% Decrease 55.5% Decrease 54.9% Decrease 45.3% Decrease 40.6%
Semi-detached, row or terrace house, townhouse etc. 10.1% Steady 10.1% Steady 10.1% Increase 12.5% Decrease 11.7%
Flat, unit or apartment 27.8% Increase 33.3% Increase 34.9% Increase 41.9% Increase 47.6%


  1. ^ a b c d Australian Bureau of Statistics (28 June 2022). "South Canberra (SA3)". 2021 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 14 September 2022. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (9 March 2006). "South Canberra (SSD)". 2001 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 6 July 2017. Edit this at Wikidata
  3. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "South Canberra (SSD)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 6 July 2017.
  4. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "South Canberra (SA3)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 6 July 2017. Edit this at Wikidata
  5. ^ a b c Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "South Canberra (SA3)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 6 July 2017. Edit this at Wikidata
  6. ^ "- Inner South Canberra Community Council - ISCCC".

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