Frequently asked questions - Flagship Digital Hub in Cremorne

What is the Victorian Government’s key objectives in establishing the flagship Digital Hub in Cremorne?

The establishment of the Flagship Digital Hub (“the Hub”) is intended to anchor Cremorne’s development as a vibrant and globally significant technology and innovation precinct, delivering technology and innovation capability, digital skills and inclusion and the creation of high-value jobs across the State.

The six principal objectives for the Cremorne Digital Hub are detailed in section 3.2 of the ‘Request for EOI’ document (“EOI document”):

  • Talent and Jobs
  • Technology Diffusion
  • Knowledge Diffusion
  • Digital Investment
  • Global Brand Value
  • Connectedness and Transparency

A set of parameters are also set out in section 4.2 of the EOI document to guide respondents’ proposed conceptual business models for the Hub.

What government support will be available?

Seed funding of up to $10 million is available to establish and operate the Hub over the initial four year period. In addition to this, broader sources of support provided by the Victorian Government are outlined in sections 4.3 and 4.5 of the EOI document, including:

  • Avenues to potential broader funding (with opportunities for Hub activities to access government funding through innovation programs)
  • Partnership and global branding.
  • Investment in telecommunications infrastructure.
  • Place-making and local amenity improvements via Cremorne Place Implementation Plan (CPIP).

Is there a nominated physical presence for the Cremorne Digital Hub?

It is envisaged that the Cremorne Digital Hub will provide a front-door for Victoria’s digital sector in Cremorne. As detailed in section 2 of the EOI document, a physical location has not been selected and should be determined by respondents. EOI responses are required to include a conceptual business model for the Hub which incorporates a virtual presence/platform and a physical presence within the Cremorne precinct.

What is the Victorian Government’s timeline for the establishment of the Hub?

A timeline for the establishment of the Hub is set out in section 12.1 of the EOI document. Establishment of the Hub’s online presence is required to be delivered in the 2021-22 financial year, and respondents are asked to outline a proposed timeline towards the establishment of the Hub’s physical presence in their EOI submission.

How will the governance be managed?

The governance requirements for the Hub are detailed in section 4.2 of the EOI document.

It is envisaged that the Hub will be governed and managed by the consortium that is selected to establish the Hub. Submissions from partnership-based consortia are encouraged, to draw together the full range of experience and capabilities required to deliver the Hub. The Victorian Government will not be directly involved in the operation of the Hub.

Submissions should articulate the appropriateness and robustness of the proposed conceptual business model, considering the interdependencies between governance, funding, operating and brand strategy in managing and coordinating the activities of the Hub.

What level of financial or in-kind contribution is required of potential partners to be involved in the Digital Hub opportunity?

Respondents are expected to include a conceptual business model in their EOIs outlining co-funding arrangements that leverage the Victorian Government’s seed funding and is aligned to the Hub’s vision and parameters (as detailed in section 4 of the EOI document). There is no minimum specified level of financial or in-kind contribution required to be set out in EOI response.

Consortia-based respondents are expected to determine the appropriate level of financial or in-kind contribution from each member within their overarching proposed business model for the Hub.

Are organisations restricted to applying with only one Consortium?

There are no exclusivity requirements, meaning that organisations can align themselves with multiple consortia and individual organisations can submit individual proposals. The Victorian Government encourages consortium-based responses from all relevant Victorian organisations including industry, tertiary institutions, training providers, research organisations and not-for-profits.

If a party is interested, though not able to respond to the entirety of this Request for EOI and would like to express interest to participate in the establishment of the Hub, please make a statement to that effect via the tenders.vic.gov.au site.

How will the Cremorne Digital Hub address the skills shortage in the digital technology sector?

The Victorian Government is not being prescriptive on which advanced skillsets the Hub should focus on, but rather is looking to respondents to identify the need and demonstrate how will it be addressed. Innovative approaches to boosting digital workforce skills are encouraged.

The EOI document sets out digital skills development and inclusion within the Hub objectives (section 3.2) and parameters (section 4.2). Respondents are encouraged to propose initiatives that can address current and/or future digital skills challenges in industry, within their proposed conceptual business models for the Hub.

Will the Cremorne Digital Hub have a specific focus on startups or co-working spaces?

The Victorian Government is non-prescriptive regarding the specific set of programs and services offered by the Hub and is seeking guidance from respondents on solution recommended to best meet market’s needs. A set of parameters for the Hub are detailed in section 4.2 of the EOI document to guide respondents’ proposed conceptual business cases.

The vision and objectives for the Hub are described (Section 3) in the EOI.

What is the relationship between the Cremorne Digital Hub and Victorian Innovation Hub?

It is intended that the Cremorne Digital Hub will connect the digital technology ecosystem by reaching out to all Victorian technology and innovation hubs. This ‘hub and spoke model’ is outlined as a desirable operating parameter for the Hub’s ecosystem/presence as detailed in section 4.2 of the EOI document.

How does Cremorne Digital Hub fit within CPIP and other government initiatives?

The Cremorne Place Implementation Plan (CPIP) sets a long-term vision for Cremorne as a globally significant innovation precinct. This policy is representative of a suite of government initiatives (outlined in section 4.3 of the EOI document) aimed at lifting amenities, infrastructure skills and capabilities within Cremorne, and the Hub fits within that broader vision.

What does the Victorian Government imagine the success of the Hub looking like?

Section 3 of the EOI document outlines the Victorian Government’s Vision and Objectives for the Hub. A successful Hub model will combine the high-level objectives, benefits and outcomes outlined with stakeholders’ unique industry experience to deliver on the Hub’s overarching objective; to anchor Cremorne’s development into a vibrant and globally significant innovation and technology precinct, lift technology and innovation capability, promote digital skills development and inclusion and create high-value jobs in Cremorne and across the economy.

Do the respondents have to be Cremorne-based?

The physical presence of the Hub is required to be located in Cremorne. However, there is no requirement that respondents be based in Cremorne. Please refer to sections 9, 10 and 11 of the EOI document for more detailed information regarding EOI submission requirements.

What is the Victorian Government’s intention for the deployment of network infrastructure under this program?

The Victorian Government’s support for enhanced telecommunications infrastructure in Cremorne was announced in the 2021-22 State budget and is separate and in addition to the government’s seed funding investment into the establishment of the Cremorne Digital Hub.

Whether the further expansion/deployment of enhanced physical/network infrastructure into Cremorne should form part of a consortium’s EOI response is a matter for the responding consortium’s consideration in the context of its proposal.

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