National Employment and Innovation Clusters
National Employment and Innovation Clusters (NEIC)
The former Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions (DJPR) provided a coordinating role for the Werribee, Monash and La Trobe National Employment and Innovation Clusters (NEICs).
The NEICs identified in Plan Melbourne 2017-2050 are a focus for jobs growth and strategic infrastructure investment to help expand employment opportunities.
These areas are local and regional destinations that are also nationally significant because of the role they play in attracting workers, students and visitors from across Australia and overseas.
The Werribee NEIC presents an opportunity to cluster jobs and housing growth in the outer west.
The Werribee NEIC contains the East Werribee Employment Precinct (EWEP) - 775 hectares (400 hectares of developable land) of government owned land.
The Victorian Budget 2022/23 provides funding to facilitate development in the Werribee NEIC including the development of the East Werribee Roadmap and a fast-track review of the Precinct Structure Plan. This initiative will facilitate economic, social and environmental benefits within the Western suburbs of Melbourne.
This leverages other government investments including:
- development of the Wyndham Law Courts
- expansion of the Werribee Mercy Hospital
- rail improvements and road upgrades.
The Monash NEIC is Victoria's largest employment cluster outside the Melbourne Central Business District (CBD), providing employment for more than 90,000 Victorians and contributing $9.4 billion to the Victorian economy each year.
The Victorian Government, in partnership with Monash Health and Monash University, is building the $564 million Victorian Heart Hospital which is due to be completed this year.
The former DJPR worked closely with the Suburban Rail Loop Authority and key stakeholders to ensure that Monash NEIC benefits from expanded job opportunities and access to talent as a result of construction of the Suburban Rail Loop.
La Trobe NEIC
The La Trobe NEIC has more than 27,000 jobs in education, research, health and retail, with a growing specialisation in agrifoods.
The La Trobe NEIC has a number of significant hubs and employment centres including La Trobe University's Bundoora campus, the Northland Shopping Centre, the Austin Hospital, the Heidelberg Major Activity Centre and the Heidelberg West Business Park.
The Suburban Rail Loop includes stations at Bundoora and Heidelberg which will improve connectivity to the NEIC and support jobs growth.
The Victorian Government and La Trobe University formed a $228 million joint venture in 2012 to develop Australia’s premier bioscience facility (Agribio) in Bundoora.
In March 2022 a $7.5 million expansion of Agribio was completed. This provided a new incubation hub for innovative start-ups as well as enhancing biosecurity research.
Page last updated: 30 December 2022