Westmead precinct signs partnership agreement that will bring tens of thousands of jobs to western Sydney

A new partnership between the Sydney Science Park and the Westmead precinct will connect leading scientific research with innovative business and bring tens of thousands of jobs to Western Sydney.

Minister for Education Rob Stokes today welcomed a partnership agreement signed between Celestino, the developer of the Sydney Science Park, and the Westmead precinct’s seven health, education and research organisations.

Mr Stokes said the agreement would create organisational, professional and research links between these two significant campuses in Western Sydney. “The partnership between the Westmead precinct and Sydney Science Park cements western Sydney as a world-leader in research and innovation,” he said. “The rapid growth of western Sydney requires the creation of more high-quality, knowledge-based jobs; it is precincts like Westmead and Sydney Science Park that will provide these jobs of the future.”

Westmead is one of the largest health, education, and research precincts in Australia. It includes the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network, Western Sydney Local Health District, Westmead Private Hospital, University of Sydney, Western Sydney University, Westmead Institute for Medical Research and Children’s Medical Research Institute. Chief Executive of the Sydney Children's Hospitals Network, Dr Michael Brydon said, "The combination of science and healthcare at Westmead is setting us up for the next century. The fact that Sydney Science Park are nurturing talent, right from school age and mixing them with some of the most talented minds nationwide, is what makes this partnership so exciting."

Celestino CEO, John Vassallo said the partnership would enhance the potential for scientific discovery and innovation, and create business opportunities. “This agreement provides an opportunity for businesses and organisations at Sydney Science Park to leverage the knowledge, expertise and data that has amassed at Westmead over nearly 40 years,” he said.

More than $3 billion has been committed by government, universities and the private sector over the next decade to upgrade and expand the Westmead precinct’s health services, education and medical research facilities. These developments are expected to increase employment across the precinct by 70 per cent, to more than 30,000 jobs by 2036. Student numbers are expected to triple, to more than 10,000 over the same period.

The Sydney Science Park is set to be developed on a 280-hectare site at Luddenham, three kilometres from the site of the future Western Sydney airport. Sydney Science Park is expected to provide 12,000 jobs, educate 10,000 students and house more than 10,000 people. Development will start in 2018.