Since the funding was secured, broad master planning and community engagement has been conducted. A development application for the West Park campus was submitted to Burnie City Council in December 2018 and approved in April 2019.
The architects are currently working through a detailed design process for the internal layout. Construction has commenced on site with Fairbrother, a recognised leader in the State’s building and construction sector, providing the expertise.
A central campus at West Park will foster more opportunities for integration with community and industry, and be easier to access from the CBD. It will also provide spaces that members of the community – not just students – can benefit from. These will be purpose-built to support collaboration, dynamic teaching and peer-to-peer learning. In doing so, we literally bring higher education into the heart of the community, where it becomes a very natural part of the civic landscape while creating a once-in-a-generation capital investment program that will have a lasting economic impact and support job creation across the region.
The waterfront setting of our future campus overlooking the iconic Bass Strait will provide our students with a unique, world-class university experience that is distinctive to the North-West.
We are in the process of developing an activation plan to ensure ongoing opportunities are available for the community to enjoy this educational site.
The West Park campus began as a $40 million development funded through contributions from the Tasmanian Government, the Federal Government, the Burnie City Council and the University. It is part of a $300 million project for Northern Tasmania that also encompasses a new campus at Inveresk in Launceston and the delivery of more affordable, flexible and regionally-distinct course offerings. The University has since contributed an additional $10 million to the West Park development, taking the total project worth to $50 million. The increase in funds aligns with our commitment to serve the North-West region, make a positive difference to its people and provide unique, world-class learning experiences.
Yes. The University is also building a new campus at Inveresk in Launceston which will be undertaken in four stages. Read more about the future Inveresk campus.
Since the mid-1980s, significant parts of the University of Tasmania have moved into Hobart’s inner city. In May 2019, University Council made the decision to embrace a future built around the city-centric model in Hobart, anchored from the University’s original home on the Domain. Visit the Southern Future website.
We are currently exploring a suite of regionally-distinctive courses which would be place-based, leverage the strengths of the North-West, and align with workforce requirements:
Associate Degree (Education Support)
Associate Degree Equipment Design & Technology
Associate Degree Aviation Business
Diploma of Creative Arts and Health
Diploma Civil Construction (industry collaboration)
Diploma Lean Management Systems (industry collaboration)
Diploma Applied Business
Diploma Applied Science
Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor or Surgery (Year 4 and 5 are already offered at the Rural Clinical School. The addition of Year 3 is being piloted in 2019)
Bachelor of Psychological Science
Bachelor of Dementia Care
Bachelor of Aged and Dementia care
Bachelor of Nursing
Bachelor of Health Science (Nutrition and Exercise Science)
Bachelor of Science (first year)
Bachelor of Agricultural Science (first year)
Bachelor of Environmental Science
Bachelor of Technology in Engineering (Advanced Manufacturing and Design)
Bachelor of Advanced Manufacturing and Design
Bachelor of Business (Value Chain Management)
Bachelor of Business (Marketing or Human Resource Management majors)
Master of Education (Mathematics Education)
Master of Education (Science Education)
Masters of Professional Engineering (Timber Engineering and Design)
Graduate Certificate of Business Studies + RPL-driven credentialing
Graduate Certificate Value Chain Management
Graduate Certificate Healthy Lifestyle Practitioner
Graduate Certificate Professional Learning for teachers
Graduate Certificate Planning for practice focused mentoring
Graduate Certificate Technologies education for primary school teachers
Short courses and micro-credentials being explored include:
Business Basics short course program – a partnership with University College and TasTAFE
Student-led Tax and Accounting Clinics
Delivery of “Up-Starts’’ program – 3-day intensive workshop for start-up businesses
Stress and Mindfulness
Food for Thought
Art and Health
LEAN in Health
Current courses will continue to be available, building on our strong reputation in education, business, social work, arts and University College offerings.
TasTAFE shares our goal to lift educational attainment for all Tasmanians and already works closely with the University. The Northern Transformation Project provides an opportunity for both education providers to explore better articulation pathways, increased cooperation in course development and delivery, and strategies that help create a single-door approach to post-school education.
The existing student accommodation at West Park will remain, as will the Atrium Apartments at Mooreville Road which house medical students who are studying at the Rural Clinical School.
There are no plans to relocate the Rural Clinical School's teaching and research programs from their current sites at the North West Regional Hospital in Burnie and Mersey Community Hospital in Latrobe. Medical students in these programs will be able to access student facilities, accommodation and other support services at the West Park precinct.
As part of the Northern Transformation Project, we are embarking on a new campus operating model that will reshape the way we deliver education to better reflect how our local communities want to engage with learning.
This model will strengthen our presence, programs and partnerships in Burnie and across the North-West, while helping us realise our vision of being a regionally-embedded campus with course offerings unique to the area.
A set of core objectives sit at the heart of this work which include a commitment to growing the volume and diversity of people furthering their learning, supporting the revitalisation of our region and increasing the conversation about education in Tasmania.
The new West Park campus will provide us with an opportunity to engage people at all stages of their life journey with education, including school leavers, mature-age individuals looking to return to study or retrain, interstate and international students, and people from anywhere in the world who can study programs online hosted right here in Burnie.
The University is committed to improving educational outcomes in the North-West. Higher education attainment across this region is significantly lower than the national average by an estimated 14%.
Our Northern Transformation Project is a once-in-a-generation opportunity that will help address this by building a new city campus with world-class facilities, making education more accessible and visible by positioning the University in the heart of the community.
The present teaching and learning spaces at Mooreville Road limit our capacity to provide the flexible, blended learning opportunities which students will need into the future. The site is also owned by the Department of Education.
With a projected increase in enrolments stemming from new, regionally-distinct courses, we will require a modern, fit-for-purpose campus that supports and encourages future students to further their learning in the region, while meeting the needs of individuals who are looking to retrain or upskill.
As there is already a significant University presence at West Park, the site provides the greatest potential for developing a higher education precinct into the future. Makers’ Workshop is home to the University’s cultural programs in the North-West, while 40 purpose-built studio apartments are already accommodating students.
The West Park campus will have a similar footprint to the Mooreville Road infrastructure. Our new approach to learning and teaching practices will see facilities designed in a way that promotes increased utilisation of our spaces. This will in part, be influenced by initiatives like our activation plan that will bring vibrancy to the site, not just in the form of new students but also by creating an environment where education in all its forms, business, industry, and the community can intersect.
The West Park campus design has been shaped by the people and the region it will serve, responding to place, history, the community and local geography.
The University consulted widely during the master planning process and in 2018, a co-design reference group was established, comprised of community representatives, staff and students who provided input which informed the campus design.
The building shape reflects the rising escarpments of the rugged Bass Strait coastline while the green roof speaks to the fields of the rich North-West landscapes. The design also embraces the sea and local climate, framing views and creating spaces where visitors can experience and retreat from the weather.
It echoes the industrial heritage architecture that is present on the North-West Coast, while representing a pivotal point between honouring where we have come from and inspiring hope about where we are going.
Yes. The Australian Government committed significant funds towards the Northern Transformation Program. Following the commitment, and in line with Government processes, the University was required to submit a proposal to Infrastructure Australia. The proposal was positively evaluated in June 2019 and has been added to the Infrastructure Priority List as a Priority Project. In its evaluation summary, Infrastructure Australia said it was "confident that the Program would provide overall economic benefit to Australia and is strategically important in developing northern Tasmania".
The University has signed a Deed of Surrender for its lease over the site, which is owned by the Tasmanian Government. We will retain the Atrium Apartments student accommodation.
The bands will have access to new facilities which will be constructed on the western side of the West Park site. This will form part of a separate development application.
The new development will be sensitive to the natural environment, placing a high importance on the protection of native flora and fauna, including the penguin colony and coastline. As part of our planning and design process we have consulted extensively with Friends of Burnie Penguins, integrated Environmentally Sustainable Design principles and prioritised the energy efficiency of the building. Impacts related to climate change have also been taken into account.
Construction of the new campus will be undertaken in a staged approach to ensure minimal impact on all site users.
The Eastern car park adjacent to the waterfront boardwalk will be closing part-way through the development. Burnie City Council is exploring an alternative all-day car parking site on the western side of West Park oval next to the Skate Park.
The main Makers’ Workshop visitor car park, allocated Student Accommodation parking, and existing car park for The Point will remain. These spaces will not be impacted by construction.
Further information will be communicated about access and parking to key users and the general public when the staged project timeline is released. Details will also be published on this website.
The Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture (TIA) is a joint venture between the University and the State Government. TIA has delivered significant research, development and extension in North-West Tasmania for more than 20 years. In order to continue supporting the Government’s Growing Tasmanian Agriculture (PDF) whitepaper, potential options for TIA’s northern facilities are currently being explored. In the meantime, TIA will remain at Mooreville Road.
Yes. An Original Equipment Manufacturing (OEM) facility has been co-located at the Tasmanian Minerals, Manufacturing & Energy Council (TMEC) in the heart of South Burnie’s industrial precinct. The OEM is a space that builds on North-West Tasmania’s advanced manufacturing excellence and is where the new University College Associate Degree in Equipment Design and Technology is being delivered. It comprises state-of-the-art equipment and technology where students can design components for real projects as they rub shoulders with industry. While the OEM initially formed part of the West Park campus design, we’ve realised there is significant value in embedding this facility within industry. This will enhance the experiences and outcomes for our students by providing them with a regionally-distinctive education that connects them with the real world.