Fishermans Bend


The Victorian Government purchased the former General Motors Holden site in the Employment Precinct of Fishermans Bend, Port Melbourne to develop Australia’s new home for design, engineering and technology excellence.

The site is approximately 32.06 hectares and is located less than 5 kilometres from Melbourne’s Central Business District. It offers easy access to major roads, airports and seaports.

The government’s aim is to create thousands of high value jobs by bringing together the best capabilities in Defence; Automotive; Education; Design & Engineering; Technology; Research and Development; and incubators and accelerators.


Fishermans Bend is central to the Victorian Government’s vision for an innovative, globally competitive, highly skilled and adaptive defence industry that maintains its position at the leading edge of providers serving the Australian Defence Force and global supply chains.

At this new precinct of excellence, business and industry leaders will work alongside researchers in the areas of aerospace, defence, marine design, engineering, technology and automotive design – sharing and developing skills, knowledge, research and connections.

Boeing Aerostructures Australia and Supacat are located in Fishermans Bend. The Defence Science and Technology Group also has a significant presence at Fishermans Bend.

Melbourne University’s School of Engineering will move to Fishermans Bend as part of the University’s almost $1 billion plan to create a world-class engineering school. Insert New Container


  • Fishermans Bend is Australia’s largest urban renewal project. It will play an important role in Melbourne’s growth and prosperity, supporting 80,000 residents and 80,000 jobs by 2050.
  • The Victorian Government is in the process of redesigning and master planning Fishermans Bend, with an emphasis on sustainability and connection with Melbourne city and beyond.
  • The former General Motors Holden site is less than 5 kms from the edge of Melbourne’s CBD.
  • The site is strategically located close to world class infrastructure, including the Port of Melbourne, Webb Dock, Melbourne Airport, the West Gate Freeway and CityLink.