Hi-Tech Precinct Gippsland brings together education, research and industry to collaborate, innovate and transform industries that will shape an exciting new future for the region.

Hi-Tech Precinct Gippsland is a powerful collaboration between founding partners, Federation University, TAFE Gippsland, Gippsland Tech School and Latrobe City Council. The collective vision is to build the region’s global reputation for smart thinking and open innovation through local collaboration to achieve world-class commercial, economic and social outcomes. Setting new standards for the region at every level, Hi-Tech Precinct Gippsland offers unique networking opportunities, state of the art facilities and ample space to grow.

Reinforcing research and innovation in Gippsland

Opened in 2020, the new $17 million Morwell Innovation Centre is the heart of Hi-Tech Precinct Gippsland. Its primary purpose is to welcome ideas and collaboration across all levels of education and training, higher level technology research and businesses interested in accessing the skills of all founding partners for commercial development.

The Morwell Innovation Centre hosts a mix of private sector commercial tenants, industry project teams focussed on transitional or transformative projects, and university research teams. 

Combining private sector business, industry groups and university research teams reflects global best practice to achieve economic growth.

Both a physical and virtual project, the Morwell Innovation Centre establishes new networks around important local sectors and creates innovative outcomes to support economic growth. To achieve this end, Hi-Tech Precinct Gippsland forges collaborative partnerships between industry and the founding partners.

The Precinct

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Gippsland Tech School

A hi-tech learning environment with innovative education programs linked to local industry that delivers real world learning to students. The Tech School will be co-located with the new Innovation Centre to connect students directly with ideas, industry and skills.

The New Innovation Centre

Expected to open by 2020, the new Innovation Centre will be a base for research, business incubation, product development, start up support, and education and training.

Funded by the Victorian Government, the $17 million centre will incorporate creative spaces to promote design thinking and practice. It will integrate with the Gippsland Tech School to link students directly with local industry and skills.

Kernot Hall

Latrobe City Council’s versatile venue for events, expos, seminars and conferences. The hall adjoins Gippsland Tech School, and will integrate with both the school and the Innovation Centre as part of the new precinct. Kernot Hall faces parkland that incorporates the Gippsland Immigration Park and Heritage Walk around Kernot Lake.

TAFE Training Centre

Overlooking the lake near Kernot Hall, Waratah Restaurant’s interior is an enticing place for lunch prepared by hospitality students from Gippsland Tech School. The restaurant will form an integral part of the new Precinct.

Gippsland Immigration Park and Heritage Walk

Picturesque Kernot Lake forms the centrepiece of the Gippsland Immigration Park and Heritage Walk. Both describe important aspects of the history of Gippsland, including its Indigenous heritage.

TAFE Gippsland

TAFE Gippsland’s Morwell Campus offers students a range of learning facilities, including an on-campus library, computer lab and a student lounge/recreation space. Morwell Campus is host to specialised training facilities for Horticulture, Nursing and Hospitality courses as well as VCAL, Koorie Unit and English Language studies.
Gippsland Tech School The New Innovation Centre Kernot Hall TAFE Training Centre Gippsland Immigration Park and Heritage Walk TAFE Gippsland

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Hi-Tech Precinct Gippsland is physically located on the corner of Monash Way and Princes Way in Morwell. Thanks to the latest communication technology, the Precinct can be ‘virtually’ located anywhere in the world – wherever educators, researchers and industry need it to be.

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