Labor gives new WSU Bankstown campus $7.2 million boost


Western Sydney University will get a new world-class Digital Discovery Centre thanks to a $7.2 million commitment from Federal Labor.

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Local MP, Jason Clare says the Bankstown region is home to a large chunk of Western Sydney’s manufacturing sector – a sector where there is massive change because of technology and automation.

“I want to make sure that local kids can go to university in the heart of Bankstown and get the skills they need for the jobs of the future,” Mr Clare said.

The Digital Discovery Centre will be part of Western Sydney University’s planned Bankstown CBD vertical campus.

Labor candidate for the seat of Banks Chris Gambian said, “Australia’s workforce will continue to change into the future, but the Liberals have done nothing to plan for those changes or make sure workers and local students have the skills they need.”

Labor’s plan has been welcomed by Dr Andy Marks, the Assistant Vice-Chancellor of Western Sydney University.

“The Digital Discovery Centre will support south Western Sydney’s engagement with digital technologies. It’s an opportunity to leverage, rather than be destabilised by digital disruption,” Dr Marks said.

“It’s not just about digital technology. It’s about community and businesses thinking differently, collaborating, and innovating to solve the region’s challenges.”

Labor’s commitment to delivering a new Digital Discovery Centre will support digital technologies and support capabilities enabling, development, prototyping and testing of technologies in areas such as:

  • Industry 4.0 and industrial Internet of Things.
  • Artificial intelligence and machine learning.
  • Neuromorphic engineering (biology computational and electronic systems)
  • Collaborative robotics and automation.
  • Big data analytics and data visualisation.
  • Virtual and augmented reality.
  • Additive manufacturing.
  • Advanced sensing and haptics.

This $7.2 million investment is part of Labor’s $300 million University Future Fund.



Authorised by Noah Carroll, ALP, Canberra.