Victoria is setting up a new ‘innovation precinct’. 

The new $26.5 million innovation precinct at Deakin University is intended to boost Victoria’s research and teaching capacity in emerging disciplines including medical robotics, cyber security and virtual reality.

The teaching and research precinct in Burwood will include laboratory spaces, simulation teaching facilities, and collaboration areas for students, researchers and industry.

There will also be a new nursing and midwifery centre with five new training wards to train Victorian healthcare professionals, including mental health nurses. 

Deakin University’s Capstone and Launch Pad programs will also be accommodated at the precinct, linking students with industry professionals and scientists to help solve real-world IT problems.

The project will go out for tender in coming weeks and is expected to be finished in 2022.