Campus design and development

The campus will be designed to foster the interactivity that drives innovation, set within a vibrant and accessible public realm that will nurture a sense of community. The concept design development for Stage 1 is underway.


Designing for innovation means transforming traditional workplaces and academic campuses. The innovation campus is open and flexible, providing places for people from a range of disciplines and professions come together and collaborate.  We will create a vibrant public realm, offering a highly accessible campus experience.

Comprising a lively network of streets and lanes, maker spaces, workshops, laboratories, living laboratories and cafes, Fishermans Bend campus will be a globally-networked hub of knowledge and industry engagement.

More information will be available throughout 2021, as the concept design is completed.


The University has submitted an application to the Victorian Government for planning approval for our proposed use and development of the site at Fishermans Bend. You can view our proposal and find out more about the planning process on the Department of Planning website.


The industrial legacy of the area provides the ideal place for our new innovation campus. Stage 1 of the campus opening in 2025 will include heavy engineering and large testing and prototyping facilities purpose-built for:

  • the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology, and
  • the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning.

Facilities will include:

  • Laboratories for research, teaching and learning, including heavy engineering and large testing and prototyping facilities
  • Workspaces for staff, students and colocated industry partners
  • Retail and commercial space for amenities including food and beverage
  • A high quality landscape and public realm welcoming staff, students and the broader community.

More information will be available in 2021, as the concept design progresses.


Fishermans Bend campus will support a rich student experience, nurturing a vibrant innovation community on the doorstep of Melbourne’s CBD. With access to exceptional facilities, the best teachers, and real industry projects, students will gain hands on, practical experience to solve real world problems.  Opening in 2025, the campus will include a lively network of streets and lanes, workshops, laboratories, teaching and learning spaces.

More information about courses and learning opportunities will be available as the project progresses.


The campus buildings and operation will be exemplary,  recycling water, generating energy and minimising waste. Our program of research and development will also be focused on sustainability. Read more about sustainability and Fishermans Bend campus