Cremorne Digital Hub

The Victorian Government has committed to anchor the ongoing development of Cremorne as a global innovation and technology precinct with support to establish a flagship digital hub in Cremorne.

The purpose of the flagship Digital Hub is to drive Cremorne's development into a vibrant, world class centre for technology and innovation. It is envisaged that the Hub will deliver programs and activities aimed at lifting capability, stimulating tech adoption and problem solving, supporting business growth, attracting investment and creating jobs. It will also build connections with Victoria’s leading technology firms and institutes to businesses, researchers, and education providers across the state, nationally and globally, supported by complementary initiatives such as the recently announced Australian Sports Innovation Centre of Excellence.

The Hub is expected to lead a range of activities that address the following outcomes:

  • Technology diffusion
  • Digital investment
  • Digital sector connectedness and transparency
  • Talent and jobs
  • Knowledge diffusion
  • Global brand value

For further information about this opportunity:

Please watch this video presentation. Read the Cremorne Digital Hub presentation video transcript.

Cremorne Digital Hub – Stakeholder presentation

Review the stakeholder information pack

Read our Frequently Asked Questions.

Expressions of Interest

The Department is seeking Expressions of Interest (EOI) to establish and operate the Cremorne Digital Hub.

Respondents to the EOI are required to submit a conceptual business model that proposes a co-funded, innovative program of initiatives and activities that can deliver on the Hub vision and objectives.

Proposals are expected to demonstrate a pathway towards an independent Hub operation within four years. The Hub is expected to deliver activities via a virtual and physical presence, with its online platform commencing in the 2021-22 financial year.

Partnership-based consortiums that draw together the full range of experience and capabilities required to deliver the Hub are encouraged to participate in the EOI process.

All interested parties are welcome to tender for this project. The Department will work with interested parties who may wish to collaborate with suitable consortiums, rather than lead their own separate proposal.

Download the Expressions of Interest (EOI).

Procurement process

The EOI process is the first stage of the market process through which the Department will test market interest and identify suitable proposals for the Digital Hub. Once the EOI period closes, proposals received by the Department will be assessed against the response requirements and a set of evaluation criteria.

Subject to the outcomes of the EOI process, a tender process is anticipated to commence later this year.

If a party is interested, though not able to respond to the entirety of the EOI and would like to express interest to participate in the establishment of the Hub, please register your interest through Tenders Vic Flagship Digital Hub Cremorne. Alternatively, interested parties can contact the Department’s procurement team via Mr Josh Hines email: josh.hines@djpr.vic.gov.au.

Deadlines for EOI Submissions

Expressions of Interest (EOI) are to be lodged via tenders.vic.gov.au.

Flagship Digital Hub Cremorne

Responses submitted by other means will not be evaluated.

EOI submissions are to be submitted by 4 pm, 31 October 2021 Australia Eastern Standard Time (AEST).

Why Cremorne

Cremorne is a vibrant and diverse inner-Melbourne suburb which continues to grow from its early 19th century roots as a bustling manufacturing centre, into a thriving precinct with 2,000 residents, 700 businesses and more than 10,000 workers.

Today this inner-Melbourne pocket nestled between Richmond and the Yarra River is a driving force behind Victoria’s tech and creative sector.

Cremorne contributes $4 billion to the Victorian economy each year and is home to four of Victoria’s tech companies that have attained billion-dollar valuations – which are headquartered in Cremorne: MYOB, REA Group, Carsales and SEEK.

The establishment of the Digital Hub will accelerate its development as a global innovation and technology precinct, a hub for creative and digital enterprises and startups, and a vibrant precinct in which to live and work.

Cremorne location

This image shows a map of Cremorne and its surrounding suburbs, precincts and train stations. Surrounding suburbs include; Richmond, Burnley, Hawthorn, Toorak, Kooyong, Albert Park, South Melbourne, Southbank, Melbourne CBD and East Melbourne. Precincts include, Royal Botanic Gardens, Sports Precinct and Arts Precinct. Train stations include, Flinders Street Station, Richmond station and East Richmond station. Text includes: Cremorne is home to a diverse range of sector capabilities including: Professional Scientific & Technical Services, Information Media & Telecommunications, Retail Trade, Accommodation & Food Services, Education and Creative Industries.

Cremorne Place Implementation Plan

The Cremorne Digital Hub is part of the Cremorne Place Implementation Plan. The Plan was released in December 2020 and will guide the development of Cremorne as a global innovation and technology precinct.

Contact

Organisations and businesses wishing to be involved in the establishment of the Cremorne Digital Hub register through Tenders Vic or contact the Department’s procurement team via Mr Josh Hines, DJPR Procurement, email: josh.hines@djpr.vic.gov.au

Page last updated: 23 September 2021