Australian software success story Atlassian has thrown its support behind a new technology and innovation precinct for Sydney.
Atlassian has been named as a co-creator of the new project, along with incubation co-working space Fishburners.
The University of Sydney has joined forces with the NSW government and leaders in the tech industry on the new precinct which will stretch from Central to Eveleigh in Sydney’s inner east.
“This will cement Sydney as the technology capital of Australia and create more secure jobs,” NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said in a statement.
“Central to Eveleigh is already home to Australia’s largest cluster of start-up firms. We want to use that as a base to grow new jobs and new businesses.”
The NSW Government has asked leaders in higher education to co-create the precinct, including the University of Sydney and the University of Technology Sydney. Industry representative body, Tech Sydney and the Sydney Business Chamber are also involved in the project.
Unique opportunity to create global hub of excellence
Professor Duncan Ivison, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research, will join the NSW Government taskforce, headed by Jobs for NSW chair David Thodey, to lead the design and development of the new precinct.
“The University of Sydney is very committed to this precinct model,” Professor Ivison said.
“This is a unique opportunity for universities, industry and community partners to work together to make Sydney a global hub of excellence and investment, enhancing the prosperity and wellbeing of the city and NSW.
“This recognition by the government of the University’s place as a leader in innovation is a key opportunity to showcase our research and teaching impact nationally and internationally.
“It also provides hands-on industry experience for our students, a key component of our reinvigorated curriculum.”
The University of Sydney is ranked in the top 75 of Asia’s most innovative universities and continues to develop scale in its research and teaching.
A place the startup community calls home
The NSW Government initiative is expected to create 10,000 new jobs by 2036 while creating a shared vision for the growth of NSW’s tech sector over the next 30 years.
“If you look at every successful innovation hub in the world, from Silicon Valley to Tel Aviv, they all have a centre of gravity – a place the startup community calls home,” Atlassian co-founder and co-CEO Scott Farquhar said.
“I’m delighted that now our tech community will have the same opportunity to point to a map and call it home.
“Sydney has the potential to be of one of the world’s leading tech cities and the creation of a tech hub sends a very loud signal – not only to the country, but to the rest of the world – that we’re in the race.”
The new tech and innovation hub follows the establishment of the Sydney Startup Hub, which opened in the CBD earlier this year.