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 we will be able to reverse the brain drain by keeping our brightest minds right here in Victoria and attracting the best talent from around the world.

The new site will allow us to build large-scale research facilities that the Parkville campus cannot accommodate so we can drive research and innovation to benefit society such as fuel efficient aircrafts, renewable electricity systems, portable advanced water treatment systems for disaster recovery and other purposes, autonomous vehicles, drone based crop monitoring, and energy efficient affordable housing.

Our Progress

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.

Our campus in the 21st century

Our Campus in the 21st Century (OC21) was developed by the University community in a series of workshops that explored the qualities wanted across all campuses and precincts. It is the formal response to the University of Melbourne’s strategic plan Growing Esteem and is integral to how the University will plan for the future, and to developing high-quality campus-based experiences for diverse communities.

The Fishermans Bend site will support our campus in the 21st century through the following:

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.