Geelong Innovation Precinct, Deakin University

Rated among the top 50 universities in the world under 50 years old (Times Higher Education and QS), Deakin has five campuses – Geelong Waterfront, Waurn Ponds, Melbourne (Burwood), Warrnambool and the Cloud – and is one of only a few Australian universities with a research focus on manufacturing. 

As a strategic priority, Deakin works actively with industry, the City of Greater Geelong and government to promote growth and development in the Geelong region and beyond. Its ability to work collaboratively and creatively with industry makes Deakin distinctive in the research community.

The University’s Head Office is located at Geelong Waterfront. Its other Geelong Campus at Waurn Ponds is home to the Geelong Future Economy Precinct.


For more information visit the Deakin Website.

Deakin University is committed to making a difference through world-class research and working with industry and business to foster innovative opportunities for growth. The University’s researchers are at the forefront of global research in the automotive industry, textiles, aerospace, intelligent systems and medical technologies. 
The Geelong Future Economy Precinct at Waurn Ponds is an important link between technological innovation and advanced performance outcomes, promoting progression from start-up and prototyping phases through to early production. 
The Precinct gives industry and business access to Deakin’s world-class research capabilities and industrial-scale infrastructure and the opportunity to co-locate with a range of innovative companies close to Deakin’s $55m Centre for Advanced Design in Engineering Training (CADET), $34m Carbon Nexus carbon fibre research centre, the Institute for Intelligent Systems Research (IISRI) and CSIRO Manufacturing. 
Deakin’s successful partnership model has encouraged more than 40 industry collaborators and partners to connect with the Future Economy Precinct, including Ford, General Motors, Barwon Health, Carbon Revolution, Le Monde Composites, Quickstep, HeiQ Australia and Conflux Technologies.
At the heart of the Precinct is ManuFutures, a commercially-based, advanced manufacturing innovation hub. Opened in 2018, this $13 million industrial accelerator will support up to 15 enterprises and 150 people in sustainable manufacturing industries, from post-incubation through to multi-nationals. It marks the next step in a staged plan that aims to drive highest-innovation, highest-value progress, supporting a vibrant economy, with flow-ons across the nation and beyond.
  • Create partnerships with industry collaborators co-located or undertaking a significant part of their research at the Geelong Innovation Precinct
  • Be a catalyst in transforming Geelong to a knowledge economy
  • Access to Deakin’s research capacity and knowledge
  • Room to expand – co-location and collaboration opportunities
  • 'Proof of concept’ and ‘industrial prototyping’ capacity
  • Easy access to the Geelong Ring Road.