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Long established as Australia’s cosmopolitan centre for culture, food and fashion, Melbourne’s reputation as a global knowledge city is being reinforced by the quality of its research sector.

The city combines world-class research facilities and infrastructure, tertiary education institutions, and the availability of skilled workers who live and work in the city, as well as a world-leading reputation as a centre for science and education.

Clean technology and manufacturing, medical research and biotechnology are prime examples of how these elements interact successfully to place Melbourne as a strong competitor in the global arena.

City of Melbourne plays a key role in strengthening and promoting Melbourne’s capabilities and its reputation as a key provider of research services.

Institutes / research infrastructure

Melbourne is home to leading biotechnology research institutes, major teaching hospitals and a wide range of business support services.

Medical research and healthcare

Melbourne is at the cutting edge of medical research with key players including the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute, Baker IDI Institute and the Burnet Institute for Medical Research.  Most hospitals are linked to universities and research institutes, for example, the Alfred Hospital and Monash University, Royal Children's Hospital and the Murdoch Children's Research Institute. 

The city’s well-respected institutions for studying medicine, health and support services include the University of Melbourne, Endeavour College of Natural Health, Victoria University and RMIT University.

The city is a world-renowned knowledge centre for cancer research and treatment, with the Peter MacCallum Cancer Institute a key example. Joint federal and state funding has recently been announced for a new integrated cancer treatment and research centre to be located in Parkville. For more information, see Parkville Comprehensive Cancer Centre.

Universities and research

The Ciity of Melbourne's universities play a key role in Victoria’s economic, social and community development.  They are an integral part of the urban economy and community and make a substantial contribution to Victoria as a whole.

City of Melbourne – City Research

The City Research Branch supports the City of Melbourne’s policy making, planning and service delivery. It also provides a research service to business and the community on areas of its expertise and reports on studies that benchmark Melbourne against other cities in a range of areas.


Enterprise Melbourne – healthcare industry overview  

Aerial view of Melbourne