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Objectives and Benefits

AgriBio aims to:

  • bring together the largest agricultural research and development organisation in the State with one of the top Universities in Victoria (La Trobe University), to create synergies leading to better science outcomes for the benefit of Victoria and Australia
  • attract world-leading scientists and collaborators
  • focus new-generation biosciences to:
    • enhance Victoria’s agricultural exports
    • enhance capacity for preparedness, rapid detection, response and management of plant and animal pest and disease outbreaks, to protect Victoria’s A$14.02 billion agricultural sector
    • facilitate linkages to commercial partners, to increase opportunities for research investment and commercialisation.


AgriBio-The Facility

A great space to work

An artist's impression of the AgriBio facility.

AgriBio is an open and inspiring place to work. Consisting of four wings around a central atrium with clerestory windows, there is natural daylight at every level across both laboratory and office spaces. The social spaces and cafe are located in the atrium and there are breakout spaces in atrium balconies to encourage social engagement across work groups, so vital to successful research.

AgriBio’s construction gained certification under the Green Star Education tool as a five-star-rated building.

The main building’s facade incorporates external vertical shading fins, designed to optimise the balance between natural light and thermal efficiency.

AgriBio’s design is highly flexible, allowing research directions to evolve and adapt as technology and accreditation requirements change over time.

Natural Bushland.

Integrated into the natural bush setting, AgriBio is an exceptional work place that will help retain and attract the very best research scientists.

AgriBio has fully-certified quarantine and PC2 facilities, and is regularly audited for continued compliance by AQIS, OCTR and others.

The ability to grow

AgriBio’s design included 2,600 square metres of expansion space within the new facility. Over the seven years since operations began, this space has been taken up by associated tenants and by expansion of the AgriBio staff. Further spaces remain available for building expansion, as demand requires.


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Page last updated: 11-Aug-2021