Parkville National Employment and Innovation Cluster

Parkville National Employment and Innovation Cluster

The Parkville National Employment and Innovation Cluster (NEIC) is an internationally renowned employment cluster at the doorstep of Melbourne’s central business district.

The Victorian Planning Authority (VPA) in partnership with the Melbourne Biomedical Precinct Office is preparing a land-use framework plan that will support the ongoing growth of high-skill and high-value jobs in the Parkville NEIC.

The VPA is working with hospitals, universities, research institutions and state and local governments in the cluster, to determine the matters the framework plan should address.

Key directions

7 key directions have been identified for the draft framework plan to consider. These directions are explored further in the ‘Key Ideas’ tab.

Innovation districts

Innovation districts, like the Melbourne Biomedical Precinct, are geographic areas where leading-edge anchor institutions and companies cluster and connect with start-ups, business incubators and accelerators.

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About the Precinct

The Parkville NEIC is an internationally renowned employment cluster located to the north of Melbourne’s central business district. The Parkville NEIC comprises Parkville, and includes parts of Melbourne, North Melbourne, East Melbourne, Carlton and Fitzroy.

The cluster was identified as the Parkville National Employment and Innovation Cluster in Plan Melbourne 2017 – 2050.

The cluster consists of over 40 leading hospitals, research and teaching institutes and employs around 49,000 people.

The Parkville NEIC delivers outstanding clinical care and education and produces world-class biomedical research. The organisations within the cluster are both individually and collectively globally recognised for their innovation.

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The Melbourne Biomedical Precinct Office was established by the Victorian Government to drive economic development in the Precinct and strengthen its position as a world leader in biomedical research, development and innovation. It works in collaboration with the Precinct Partners and government at all levels to achieve its goals.

The Melbourne Biomedical Precinct Office has four key roles across strategic planning, advisory, promotion and implementation.

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The Key Directions

In addition to extensive stakeholder consultation, the VPA undertook a desktop review of critical success factors guiding employment and innovation precincts, in order to establish the 7 Key Directions for the Melbourne Biomedical Precinct framework plan.

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The key directions will form the basis for preparation of a land use framework plan for the Melbourne Biomedical Precinct.

The Framework Plan

A framework plan is a high level coordinating plan which sets policy direction (vision) and spatial structure for a growth area, urban renewal precinct, cluster or regional city.

A framework plan will:

  • set out the future vision for a defined area
  • guide sustainable growth and development over the longer term
  • identify the steps needed to manage growth
  • define key projects and infrastructure required to support growth, and
  • provide a more certain environment for making both public and private sector investment decisions.

The framework plan will guide existing and future government investment in the precinct. It will build on the previous work by the City of Melbourne and ensure that public and private development is co-ordinated and well-planned.

The precinct is already a world leading biomedical precinct. Consecutive Victorian governments have recognised the importance of the precinct by investing over $3 billion in infrastructure, including the Royal Women’s Hospital, Royal Children’s Hospital and the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre.

The framework plan will build on the precinct’s existing success and leverage a number of city defining infrastructure projects such as the $11 billion Metro Tunnel project, which includes a new station at Parkville. This will ensure that the Precinct is developed to maximise its potential as a world class biomedical precinct.

The plan will also support the vision of Plan Melbourne 2017-2050 and the Premier’s Jobs and Investment Panel, both of which identify this precinct as a high-potential area for the growth of high-skill, high-value jobs in the future.

Next Steps

A draft framework plan will be prepared and released for consultation. It is anticipated that the community engagement period on the draft framework plan will take place in July 2018. More information on the engagement process will be made available shortly.

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Supporting Documentation

MBP Context Plan (March 2018)
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Project newsletter (August 2018)
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