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Plans for the facility began in 2004 as a response to the State's need to improve and consolidate agricultural research facilities, and develop effective and collaborative partnerships, including more co-locations with universities.

In 2005, the Victorian Government committed funds to facilitate the establishment of a centre to co-locate its strengths in plant and animal disease research and diagnostic capabilities with its internationally-recognised plant and animal genetics and genomics groups.

Discussions commenced with La Trobe University (La Trobe) regarding co-location and collaborative opportunities at the University’s Melbourne campus in Bundoora.

  • In December 2007, the Victorian Government and La Trobe signed a Heads of Agreement.
  • In April 2008, a call was made for registrations of capability to deliver the project. Following evaluation, a Request for Proposal (RFP) was made to three shortlisted consortia.
  • RFP’s closed in December 2008, and following an extensive evaluation and negotiation process, the Plenary Research consortium was appointed the successful tenderer, with
  • contractual close achieved on 30 April 2009, and
  • financial close on 14 May 2009. The project procurement process that spanned the worst of the world’s financial crisis.

For more information see the links below:
Ownership and Occupation
Board of Directors

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