Melbourne Innovation Districts (MID) is a partnership between the City of Melbourne, the University of Melbourne and RMIT University. The initiative is set to drive investment in the knowledge economy and help shape our city’s future.

The MID vision is to:

‘Develop a world-class urban district that supports and develops next-generation Melbourne – a place designed to leverage emerging technologies and innovation, and build on our city’s unique characteristics to enhance education and economic outcomes, create new knowledge and city experiences, and enrich inclusion and public amenity.’

MID will provide more opportunities for Melbourne’s knowledge workers, researchers, students, business and community organisations to connect and collaborate, creating innovative ideas essential for the city to continue to thrive and prosper.

The draft Urban Realm Action Plan was released for community consultation in November 2018.

Following further analysis and research, the Melbourne Innovation Districts City North Opportunities Plan was developed, which was endorsed by Future Melbourne Committee on 12 November 2019.



  • Timeline item 1 - complete

    Community consultation on draft Urban Realm Action Plan

    16 November 2018 to 30 March 2019

  • Timeline item 2 - complete

    Feedback analysed and City North Opportunities Plan developed


  • Timeline item 3 - complete

    City North Opportunities Plan endorsed by Future Melbourne Committee

    12 November 2019

  • Timeline item 4 - complete

    Consultation on City North Innovation Hub

    1 May to 30 May 2020

  • Timeline item 5 - active

    Refresh of the 2012 City North Structure Plan


Why innovation districts? Knowledge Week panel discussion

North West Parkville Precinct Analysis Report

Potential Innovation Hub City North

In May 2020 we investigated the potential viability and benefits of creating an innovation hub within the Melbourne Innovation District (MID) City North.

Innovation hubs in other locations provide facilities and services such as:

  • flexible and affordable working spaces for startups
  • public programming, events and workshop spaces
  • facilities and services to support innovation activities and community uses.

Innovation Hub City North

What Melbourne Innovation District City North might need from an innovation hub.

City North Opportunities Plan

Learn more about our first innovation district City North and feedback we heard to shape our plans.

Contact us

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