National Arboretum Canberra

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The National Arboretum Canberra is part of the Venues Canberra Branch in the Sales, Marketing & Property Management Division in the Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development Directorate of the ACT Government.

A number of committees and consultative groups have been established to advise on the long-term development of the National Arboretum Canberra, including:

  • The Forest Management Advisory Group (FMAG)

  • The National Bonsai and Penjing Collection of Australia Collection Advisory Committee (CAC)

  • The Research Coordination Committee (RCC).

  • National Arboretum Canberra Foundation Limited (an independent fundraising company)

The National Arboretum also engages regularly with our site partners including the Friends of the National Arboretum Canberra, the Southern Tablelands Ecosystems Park, Ginger Catering, The Curatoreum and the Australian National University.

Future Directions 2016

It's been over three years since the ACT Government opened the gates of the National Arboretum Canberra to the public for the first time. Many community and educational activities have occurred at the Arboretum since it opened, so it is an opportune time to consider its future strategic directions.

The strategic direction setting process will be informed by the extensive stakeholder and community consultation process undertaken over the past three months, as well as the findings and recommendations of the Forests Review.

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The National Arboretum Canberra is an internationally recognised arboretum with outstanding beauty, community amenity and scientific value.


Create and nurture a living collection of forests of international significance, for recreation, education and conservation


  1. Foster an ongoing relationship with local, national, international, government, community and corporate interests.
  2. Engage visitors in stimulating, enjoyable experiences that build community engagement and increase their understanding of the Arboretum and its role.
  3. Ensure that the living collection is guided by a well defined curatorial approach and managed to ensure high quality outcomes.
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