About us

When you choose Goodwin, you are choosing multi-award winning, quality aged care services and accommodation.

For more than 60 years, our community-based, not-for-profit organisation has been providing the Canberra and regional communities with experience-driven independent living villages, reliable and innovative in-home care, and superior standard residential aged care facilities.

Have peace of mind knowing that no matter what services you are receiving from Goodwin, quality is at the core of everything we do.


Our company has its roots in a meeting called by the National Council of Women in 1954, where these forward-thinking ladies proposed establishing a housing settlement for Canberra’s older people. Twelve community leaders formed a committee to pursue this ambitious idea, including the well-known political scholar Professor L.F. Crisp and the founding editor of the Canberra Times, A.T. Shakespeare. The group decided to call itself the Goodwin Centre Development Committee in honour of Lt Col John Goodwin, who was a renowned public servant and tireless advocate for the needs of the growing Canberra community.

Today Goodwin enjoys the support of many community partners, and is proudly supported by our patron, the Hon Margaret Reid AO.

Our culture


Goodwin’s philosophy is on care and quality of life for all. This is evident in everything we do for our clients who range from ‘young’ active new-retirees looking for exciting lifestyle options, to those with high care, specialised needs. It manifests also in the detailed planning, construction and management of independent housing and live-in aged care, to ensure that our clients have the best possible quality of life.

And we are always striving to improve what we do through ongoing research partnerships and reviews towards better understanding our residents and clients; best-practice care services; and furthering our knowledge on up-to-date methodologies and technologies.


The things we hold important…

Providing high quality services and care to our residents and clients

It is our people who will establish our reputation as a provider of high quality services, care and accommodation to the aged community which focus on the individual’s right to be treated with dignity and respect. We introduce new initiatives to develop the quality and scope of our services, all our people are encouraged to be innovative and contribute to the constant improvement of our operations.

We must do the job right, the first time, to the highest quality standards and incorporating best practice procedures.

We encourage a high level of teamwork and integration of work and multiskilling, fostering a positive workplace attitude and use of initiative, mutual understanding and trust.


The business we are in…

To provide quality services, including care, accommodation, support and assistance for aged people, which will enable them to live with dignity and independence, always mindful of their diverse backgrounds, varying spiritual and cultural needs and financial circumstances.

To consistently meet the needs of residents, clients and their relatives. To provide a caring environment which will foster pride, integrity and growth for residents, clients and staff. To be adaptable to and prepared for creative change in the achievement of this purpose.


What we want…

To be an organisation that excels in the provision of innovative, effective and efficient services, care and accommodation for the aged.


2016 COTA ACT Seniors Week

Age Friendly Community Award, Goodwin Day Clubs

Positive Ageing Awards

2015 Property Council of Australia

Best Retirement Living Development in Australia

Innovation and Excellence Awards

2015 Property Council of Australia (ACT)

Development of the Year

Innovation and Excellence Awards

2012 Aged Care Standards and Accreditation Agency Ltd

Better Practice Awards 2012 Winner

Resident Lifestyle – Hearing aider program

2012 Aged Care Standards and Accreditation Agency Ltd

Better Practice Awards 2012 Winner

Staff Development and Retention – Empowering people to make a positive difference

2012 Master Builders & Boral

Excellence in Building Awards

Apartments and Units Above Three Storeys

2012 Master Builders & Boral

Excellence in Building Awards

Landscaping: Apartments/Units/Aged Care