Building a World-class Engineering Campus

The University of Melbourne has purchased land at Fishermans Bend to establish a new campus and expand the Melbourne School of Engineering at the heart of Australia's new precinct for engineering and design.

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 site will allow the University to build large-scale research facilities. It is the ambition that this will drive research and innovation to address areas such as renewable electricity, water treatment, disaster recovery, energy efficiency and farming.

Our Progress

August 2018 – Work on the Campus Development Framework process has begun.

March 2018 – Contract of Sale for Fishermans Bend campus is officially signed.

21 December 2017 - The University of Melbourne purchases seven hectares at Fishermans Bend to build a new campus. This puts us at the heart of Australia’s new leading precinct for engineering and design. Read the announcement.

Our campus in the 21st century

Synergy and innovation

Co-location amongst world industry leaders in design, engineering and technology will enable seamless, intellectual collaboration between students, academics and industry practitioners. The interface between academia and business to research and innovate in fields such as energy efficiency, autonomous vehicles, marine design and aerospace is profound.

Spaces and places

Innovation benefits when nodes of activity are connected. Design of the new campus has considered how corridor spaces, meetings rooms, workshops, cafes, and public informal spaces will all serve to connect people.

It will be a place that nurtures emerging ideas and talent and fosters their development whether it be slow evolution or rapid progression. This requires a range of spaces such as:

  • Startups that enable a small project team to work together with access to rapid prototyping facilities
  • Project spaces that support short term activities and are accessible to key facilities
  • Long term collaborative workspaces that enable individuals to work closely together for long periods.