Canberra's light rail construction and operation will generate up to 500 local jobs through direct employment and subcontractor arrangements.
Light Rail Business Link Program
The Light Rail Business Link (LRBL) program is funded by the ACT Government and delivered by Canberra Business Chamber, to maximise business opportunities generated by the significant infrastructure investment in Light Rail, during construction and future service operations. LRBL works proactively to support businesses and mitigate impacts, where possible, through ongoing communications, industry collaboration, skills development, business support programs and precinct activation.
Find out about the Light Rail Business Link Program.
Local industry participation
Constructing light rail is a direct opportunity to develop new skills within the Canberra's workforce as well as create new employment and learning opportunities for young Australians.
Light rail construction is also an opportunity for local businesses to supply services and stock – from coffee and breakfast for construction crews through to wires, signature art pieces, landscaping services, hoarding boards, site sheds, and other equipment.
Canberra Metro has committed to:
- hiring a minimum of 60 apprentices and trainees during delivery of the project
- having 10 per cent of the workforce apprentices and trainees during the operations phase
- having 10 per cent diversity and equity representation across the project,
- engaging 20 civil, mechanical and electrical engineers studying through UNSW and Australian Defence Force Academy for up to eight weeks during light rail construction.
Find out more about the project history.