City of Melton is the lead agency for the Western BACE, together with consortium partners Burbank Homes, Federation University Australia the Growth Areas Authority, Kangan Institute, Lend Lease and Victoria University .

The research partners for the Western BACE includes: Federation University Australia, Victoria University, and the City of Melton.

Federation University Australia

The Federation University Australia (FedUni; formerly University of Ballarat) is the third oldest centre for higher learning in Australia. Its origins lie in the 1870 School of Mines and Industries, Ballarat. FedUni is now Australia’s only regionally-headquartered, regionally-located and regionally-focused multi-sector university offering Vocational Education and Training and Higher Education to around 25,000 students through programs delivered regionally, nationally and internationally.

FedUni supports its local community and is committed to engaging in partnerships that promote skills development and knowledge transfer through collaborations with research organisations, industry, agencies and the wider community.

FedUni brings extensive experience and capacity to the Western BACE project. FedUni is a strong advocate of research that delivers high quality, tangible outcomes that improve the outcomes for all communities.

Centre for eResearch and Digital Innovation, Federation University Australia

The coordination of the research for Western BACE from Federation University Australia will be managed by Dr Helen Thompson, Director, Centre foreResearch and Digital Innovation (CeRDI). . CeRDI is located within the portfolio of the Office of Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research) at Federation University Australia.

Since its establishment in 1998, CeRDI has extended its core business from ICT promotion, to research and consultancies that enhance regional connections and partnerships through ICT application. CeRDI has thus become a leader in its field and has established a track record of working collaboratively with government and non-government agencies to facilitate outcomes that are consistently valued, innovative and highly regarded.

CeRDI has specialist knowledge in stakeholder engagement, knowledge management, eResearch, spatial mapping and an extensive history of supporting diverse organisations to establish, maintain and enhance their online services and resources.

Victoria University

Victoria University was founded in 1916 as Footscray Technical School. After successive mergers with TAFE colleges across Melbourne’s western suburbs, Victoria University of Technology was established in 1990, and renamed Victoria University in 2005. Today, the university is one of the largest and most culturally diverse education institutions in Australia, and one of only five multi-sector universities offering vocational education (TAFE) and higher education courses. The university is focused on providing quality research training and undertakes specialised cross-disciplinary and innovative research. It actively pursues opportunities to collaborate with other researchers and organisations and to make change through practical and applied outcomes that can be used by business, industry and the community. The University has a number of relevant research foci, including:

  • Education, diversity and lifelong learning
  • Strategic economics
  • Supply chain, logistics and transport
  • Sustainable environment technologies

Work-based Education Centre, Victoria University

The Work-based Education Research Centre at Victoria University was established in 2008. The Centre offers leadership in research, development and consultancy in the field of vocational and work-based education. The centre’s position is enhanced by being situated within a multi-sector university which has unusual breadth in trades’ education and a strong commitment to building leading research and practice in learning for in and for the workplace. Known for its strong industry connections, academic rigour and support for interdisciplinary endeavours, the centre provides access to resources that yield a remarkable array of expertise in various facets of vocational and work-based education.

The Centre conducts its activities in two broad program areas – work-based learning and assessment and evaluation and builds capacity through:

  • Conducting theoretical and applied research about how learning takes place in, through and for the workplace
  • Transferring the outcomes from such research into innovation in practice.