Site development updates

Building Australia’s leading innovation precinct, anchored by the University of Melbourne

The University of Melbourne is committed to keeping the community informed on the development of the Carlton Connect innovation precinct, located on the site of former Royal Women’s Hospital.

You will find regular updates on this page. For more information and enquiries contact [email protected]


Project overview

The University of Melbourne is transforming the former Royal Women’s Hospital site into a globally recognised innovation precinct.

Innovation precincts are environments where people from different disciplines and different organisations work closely together in a creative and entrepreneurial way. The precinct will include University researchers and students in fields such as information systems, data science, electrical engineering and computing and information technology working alongside research and education partners. Precinct partners will tackle major societal challenges, such as food security, changing technologies and urbanisation, in an environment which supports creativity and innovation.

The innovation precinct builds on the achievements of LAB-14, the highly successful prototype which has been operating for the last two-and-a-half years. It will provide a home for technology focused organisations, cutting edge research and next-generation startups that will significantly benefit the Australian economy and society.

In addition, the precinct will include retail, indoor and outdoor public spaces, student accommodation, offices and a childcare centre. Science Gallery Melbourne will also be a signature destination, inviting young learners to creatively explore the collisions between art and science.

In 2016 the University of Melbourne also announced a shortlist of three respondents to its Expression of Interest (EOI) for the development of the next stage of the innovation precinct. The University is currently working through the tender process and will make an announcement on the successful bid in 2017.

The innovation precinct is also part of the University’s vision for our campuses and how they connect our student and partner communities. Through Our Campus in the 21st Century, the University is transforming our campuses through the themes of technology and tradition, synergy and innovation, quality experiences, spaces and places, and a culture of inclusion. You can find out more about this as well as other University infrastructure projects and initiatives on the Our Campus website.

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