Australia’s world renowned research centre

In this leafy inner-city precinct is Australia's world-renowned biomedical research hub. It is home to the University of Melbourne and an impressive group of industry leaders including:

  • world-class hospitals
  • medical research institutes
  • biomedical organisations
  • universities.

Up to 73,000 people work in Parkville and its researchers collaborate globally. This includes the University of Melbourne, where more than 55,000 students attend.

Parkville also has strong innovation capability and knowledge expertise beyond the medical sector.

Where is Parkville?

Parkville Priority Precinct is walking distance from Melbourne CBD.

A map showing where Parkville is in relation to melbourne CBD

Parkville in future

By 2030 this precinct will be one of the world's best biomedical and research centres. It will be a place for people to pursue quality jobs and purposeful long-term careers. Precinct universities will provide well-educated talent for the growing Parkville workforce.

With a new Metro Tunnel station opening in 2025, Parkville will have fast and easy access across the city. By 2036 the precinct will have created up to:

  • 10,000 additional jobs
  • $14 billion in private funding

Life in this precinct


Parkville is a designated National Employment and Innovation Cluster. Its world-class biomedical expertise will continue to expand. With this growth, new employment opportunities will arise. Research and discovery in Parkville will power innovation and drive the economic outcomes that create more jobs.

Key employment sectors in Parkville will be:

  • Biomedical
  • Education
  • Research
  • Health.


Parkville housing ranges from affordable student accommodation to heritage Victorian homes. Parkville Gardens is a housing development managed by Development Victoria. The 20-hectare site was formerly the Athletes’ Village for the 2006 Commonwealth Games. When complete, Parkville Gardens will have 1,000 homes, with 20 per cent dedicated to social housing.


Victoria’s world leading hospitals are in Parkville. This gives the precinct Melbourne’s most comprehensive medical services offer.

As well as hospitals, Parkville is home to a range of community services including youth justice, mental health and aged care.  The precincts also has three leading universities and the University High School.


Parkville is already a precinct of high urban amenity. The precinct has a distinct Victorian architectural heritage. It is also renowned for its green space and urban forest.

More information

The Melbourne Biomedical Precinct Strategic Plan has more information about the growth and development of Parkville Priority Precinct.

Page last updated: 16 May 2022