National Employment and Innovation Cluster

Exterior view of Sunshine National Employment and Innovation Cluster

Sunshine was identified as one of seven National Employment and Innovation Clusters (NEICs) in Plan Melbourne. The Sunshine NEIC is a 20 square kilometre area around Sunshine Hospital and extends from the Sunshine Metropolitan Town Centre to the St Albans Town Centre.

The Sunshine NEIC is recognised for its capacity to grow significantly and its potential to attract a critical mass of:

  • tertiary education
  • health-related training and healthcare providers
  • government agencies
  • retail and professional services.

Sunshine Health Wellbeing and Education Precinct (SHWEP)

The Sunshine Health Wellbeing and Education Precinct (SHWEP) is located within the Sunshine NEIC, and is an established and growing location for medical, health, community, education and research services.

The SHWEP is centred on Sunshine Hospital and includes the Western Centre for Health Research and Education and the Joan Kirner Women’s and Children’s Hospital.

Western Rail Plan, Melbourne Airport Rail Link and Sunshine Super Hub

As a focus for significant transport investment, including implementation of the Western Rail Plan and the delivery of the Melbourne Airport Rail Link and Sunshine Super Hub, the Sunshine NEIC has the potential to attract significant investment and development, providing greater employment and business opportunities.

Major public and private investments

Major public and private investments in the Sunshine NEIC include:

Investment Project
$1 billion  Regional Rail Link (for Sunshine Station, 2 level crossing removal, pedestrian overpass and transport interchange)
$52 million Brimbank Community and Civic Centre including the Western Business and Education Development Hub
$35 million Victoria University Sunshine Skills Hub 
$44 million Constructions Futures Training Facility
$25 million VicRoads regional office
$43 million  Stage one mixed-use Foundry Towers development
Last updated: 26 January 2024 - 12:41pm