Rivett is a residential suburb of Canberra, established in the late 1960s. It is situated on the western edge of the Weston Creek district.
Rivett takes its name from Sir (Albert Cherbury) David Rivett, KCMG, Australian chemist and science administrator. He was Deputy Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the ‘Council for Scientific and Industrial Research’ (CSIR) from 1927 to 1946 and Chairman of the Council of the renamed Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) from 1946 to 1949.
In 1935, he was made a Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George. He became a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1941 and was a Foundation Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science in 1954. He served as President of the Australian and New Zealand Association for the Advancement of Science from 1937 to 1939.
Streets in Rivett are named after Australian flora.
The Rivett local shopping centre is located at Rivett Place and contains a supermarket, newsagency, convenience store and bakery. Located near the shops is the Burrangiri Respite Services day care for elderly people. The Reformed Church of Canberra of the Christian Reformed Churches of Australia is located behind the shopping centre off Rivett Place.
There is one school in Rivett, Rivett Preschool, which is located in Nealie Place off Bangalay Crescent.
On Census night 2006, Rivett had a population of 3,069 people.