Building a World-class Engineering Campus

Fishermans Bend is Australia's largest urban renewal project, the 480-hectare site which is being developed is twice the size of the Melbourne CBD and will be a leading place to live, work, visit and invest. The University of Melbourne has purchased land at Fishermans Bend to establish a new campus and expand the Melbourne School of Engineering. The campus will be situated in Fisherman Bend's Employment Precinct, which the Victorian Government seeks to establish as, "Australia's leading design, engineering and advanced manufacturing precinct."

Set to open in the early 2020s, the new campus will enable engineering and IT students and academics to connect and collaborate with leading local and international organisations, across the transport, energy, manufacturing, water, food, mining, defence and infrastructure sectors. With increased partnerships between education and industry the University seeks to reverse the brain drain by keeping the brightest minds in Victoria and attracting the best talent from around the world.

The new campus will feature large-scale research platform facilities, such as wind and water tunnels, smart grid technologies, prefabricated buildings and construction standards lab, bio-processing reactors, electric vehicle and engine propulsion testing, as well as autonomous vehicles testing. It is the ambition that this will drive research and innovation to address socially and environmentally poignant issues affecting the world.


  • Building future engineering and IT leaders by creating a 21st century campus.
  • Part of Australia’s largest urban renewal project across two municipalities, Fishermans Bend will be located in the City of Melbourne and the City of Port Phillip.
  • Located just 5kms from the city. The Government has committed to improving public transport to Fishermans Bend, including a proposed direct tram and train line.
  • Focussed on green industry and innovation. Buildings will hold very high ratings around energy use, recycling and waste management, aligned with the University’s Sustainability Plan.
  • Co-location amongst world industry leaders in design, engineering and technology will enable seamless, intellectual collaboration between students, academics and industry practitioners.

Synergy and innovation

Innovation benefits when nodes of activity are connected. The design of the new campus has considered how corridor spaces, meetings rooms, workshops, cafes, and public informal spaces will all serve to connect people. A diversity of spaces will facilitate short term activities, rapid prototyping by startups and long term collaboration.