Hackett, Australian Capital Territory

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CanberraAustralian Capital Territory
Hackett sign at start of hackett act.jpg
Hackett sign
Hackett is located in Australian Capital Territory
Coordinates35°14′53″S 149°09′46″E / 35.24806°S 149.16278°E / -35.24806; 149.16278Coordinates: 35°14′53″S 149°09′46″E / 35.24806°S 149.16278°E / -35.24806; 149.16278
Population2,991 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density1,570/km2 (4,080/sq mi)
Area1.9 km2 (0.7 sq mi)
DistrictNorth Canberra
Territory electorate(s)Kurrajong
Federal division(s)Canberra
Suburbs around Hackett:
Watson Watson Canberra Nature Park
Dickson Hackett Canberra Nature Park
Ainslie Canberra Nature Park Canberra Nature Park

Hackett (/ˈhækɪt/) is an inner north suburb of Canberra, the capital city of Australia. Located approximately 4.5 km (2.8 mi) north-east of the central business district, Hackett is adjacent to Watson, Dickson and Ainslie. It is bounded by Antill Street and Philip Avenue, and the Mount Majura Nature Reserve to the east. Hackett has a neighbourhood oval, and shopping centre.

The suburb was named after Sir John Winthrop Hackett (1848–1916), who was a newspaper editor and worker for the Federation of Australia. Streets in Hackett are named after scientists.[2]

Hackett oval

Particular street names[edit]


Calcareous shales from the Canberra Formation is overlain by Quaternary alluvium. This rock is the limestone of the original title of Canberra "Limestone Plains". The higher eastern side of Hackett is on top of the lowest layer of the Ainslie Volcanics, a grey Dacite and other erupted particles such as agglomerate and tuff.[6]


Aerial view of Hackett from north east

There were 2,991 usual residents of Hackett enumerated in the 2016 Census.[7]

Hackett is socially and economically advantaged. In 2016, its population was highly educated, with 53% of adults having completed a university degree, compared to just 22% in Australia as a whole.[7] Its unemployment rate was estimated to be just 2.6% in December 2019,[8] just over half the national average of 5.1%.[9] This relative economic prosperity is reflected in median personal incomes which, in the 2016 Census, were reported to be 1.6 times the national average.[7] Overall, the Australian Bureau of Statistics estimate that Hackett is among the top 5% most advantaged suburbs in Australia according to its index of socio-economic advantage and disadvantage.[10]

Hackett is less culturally and linguistically diverse than the rest of the Australian Capital Territory and Australia as a whole. It has an unusually large proportion of the population born in Australia and relatively few residents born in China and India, and a relatively large number of households where English is the only language spoken.[7] In terms of religious diversity, Hackett is unusual in that a majority of residents (53%) report having no religious affiliation, compared with 30% nationally.


2019 Federal Election:

House of Representatives[11]

  Labor 37.07%
  Greens 37.87%
  Liberal 16.59%
  Independent 4.35%

Hackett is located within the federal division of Canberra, which is currently represented by Alicia Payne in the House of Representatives. The suburb is the home of Andrew Leigh, the Member of Parliament representing the neighbouring electoral division of Fenner.[12]

House of Representatives primary vote statistics are shown to the right for the Dickson East polling place (at Dickson College) in the 2019 federal election.[11] The Dickson East booth, located on the boundary between Hackett and Dickson, returned the strongest vote for the Greens in the House of Representatives of any polling place in the Australian Capital Territory in the 2019 federal election.

In the ACT Legislative Assembly, Hackett falls within the electorate of Kurrajong. Kurrajong is represented by five Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs), who are elected using the proportional Hare–Clark electoral system. Currently, it is represented by two Labor, two Greens and one Liberal MLA.[13] Four of these five MLAs are cabinet ministers. The suburb is represented in local matters by the Hackett Community Association, an affiliated member of the North Canberra Community Council.


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Hackett (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 28 June 2017. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ "Suburb Name search results". ACT Environment and Sustainable Development. Retrieved 9 February 2014.
  3. ^ Cecil Thomas Madigan
  4. ^ Albert Cherbury David Rivett
  5. ^ Ernest Willington Skeats
  6. ^ Henderson G A M and Matveev G, Geology of Canberra, Queanbeyan and Environs 1:50000 1980.
  7. ^ a b c d "2016 Census QuickStats: Hackett". quickstats.censusdata.abs.gov.au. Retrieved 25 July 2020.
  8. ^ Department of Education, Skills and Employment-Document library (27 March 2020). "SA2 Data tables - Small Area Labour Markets - December quarter 2019 | Department of Education, Skills and Employment - Document library, Australian Government". docs.employment.gov.au. Retrieved 25 July 2020.
  9. ^ Statistics, c=AU; o=Commonwealth of Australia; ou=Australian Bureau of (23 January 2020). "Main Features - Main Features". www.abs.gov.au. Retrieved 25 July 2020.
  10. ^ "SEIFA by State Suburb Code (SSC)". stat.data.abs.gov.au. Retrieved 25 July 2020.
  11. ^ a b Australian Electoral Commission (11 July 2019). "House of representatives downloads". Retrieved 21 June 2020.
  12. ^ Colley, Clare (27 May 2016). "Election 2016: meet Andrew Leigh, Labor candidate for Fenner". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 25 July 2020.
  13. ^ "Current members". ACT Legislative Assembly. Retrieved 1 March 2021.