The National Vegetable Protected Cropping Centre was officially opened by Senator Anne Ruston, Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, on 2nd November 2017.

The Centre is based around the stunning, 1800sq. m. glasshouse facility, designed with the world’s very best glasshouse infrastructure and controller systems, to house research, education and training opportunities in modern protected cropping horticulture.

It is a collaborative partnership between Western Sydney University, Hort Innovation, industry and our research partners to advance Australia’s horticultural capabilities.

The Centre is the first step in Western Sydney University’s vision for significantly expanding its protected cropping capabilities.

In coming years, the University plans to be home to some of the finest protected cropping technologies anywhere in the world, enabling us to develop the skills of Australia’s next generation of specialists and professionals.

Funding Partner


Hort Innovation

The National Vegetable Protected Cropping Centre at Western Sydney University, and its associated research projects, are funded by Hort Innovation using grower levies and funds from the Australian Government, with co-investment from Western Sydney University.