Northside Hospital Project


To respond to Canberra’s growing and ageing population and the increasing demand for health care services, the ACT Government is building a new northside hospital in Bruce.

Subject to the passing of Legislation, the new hospital, which will be built on the existing Calvary Hospital campus in Bruce, will be a modern, state-of-the-art hospital for patients, visitors and its workforce. It will provide more beds and increased services than are currently offered.

The new northside hospital represents an investment of more than $1 billion and will be the largest single health infrastructure project to be delivered in the Territory’s history.

With construction to commence by mid-decade, the northside hospital will provide public health services to Canberrans for decades to come.


In 2017-18, the ACT Government carried out a scoping study for expanded northside hospital facilities. Demand projections undertaken by the ACT Health Directorate showed the need for a significantly larger hospital on the northside than is currently provided at Calvary Public Hospital Bruce.

In 2020, a condition assessment of Calvary Public Hospital infrastructure was undertaken, along with an options analysis for the building of a new northside hospital. The options analysis recommended that a new northside hospital be built, rather than a remediation and expansion of the existing hospital.

The ACT Government committed in the 10th Parliamentary and Governing Agreement to plan and design a new northside hospital, with the aim to start construction by mid-decade.

In 2020, a Northside Hospital Project Team was established to:

  • undertake scope and early design of the new northside hospital; and
  • investigate the best location for the hospital.

To ensure a smooth and timely transition of services at the start of the new financial year, a Transition Team has been established, which will oversee, coordinate and implement transition of operations at the hospital.

The Transition Team will work closely with Canberra Health Services and Calvary Health Care to ensure all patients and staff remain well informed during the transition of operations.

For questions relating to the transition visit email or call the Transition Team Hotline on (02) 5124 0400 (8.30am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm Saturday and Sunday).

More information on the decision to transition operators is available here.

Community Consultation

To help shape the early planning and design of a new northside hospital, ACT Health Directorate conducted community and stakeholder engagement activities during August - September 2022 (phase 1) and October - November 2022 (phase 2). These early engagement activities aimed to understand what the Canberra community wants and needs from a new northside hospital.

Feedback received during this early planning and design consultation was used to help inform options for the new hospital and funding decisions by the ACT Government. ACT Health Directorate is also engaging directly with clinicians to inform clinical planning, scope and early design for the new northside hospital.

This is just the beginning of our conversations with the community, stakeholders, and clinicians on the northside hospital, with more opportunities to have your say through future stages of the project.

For more information on community consultation, visit the YourSay website.

Contact Us

To find out more about the northside hospital, visit Built for CBR .

For questions relating to the transition visit email or call the Transition Team Hotline on (02) 5124 0400 (8.30am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm Saturday and Sunday).

Page last updated on: 10 May 2023