About Bankstown City campus
Set to open in 2022, the Bankstown City campus is changing the traditional model of the university – offering highly-accessible, technology-rich, cutting-edge teaching and research facilities as well as opportunities for work integrated learning, collaborative enterprise partnerships, and strong industry, community and business linkages.
The campus will revitalise the Bankstown CBD and provide a major boost to the city’s economy as well as its social infrastructure. It will bring students into the town centre, connecting them with local business and industry and embedding the University in the economic, social and civic life of Bankstown. Community accessible retail and commercial spaces provide further connections and benefits to the community.
The campus will be located at 74 Rickard Road, Bankstown, between Canterbury-Bankstown City Council and Bankstown Library and Knowledge Centre.
Education and research with impact
Bankstown City campus will include informal learning areas and social spaces for students (both indoor and outdoor terraced spaces), community engagement spaces, as well as flexible spaces to showcase industry partnerships and innovation.
The ground floor level designed to connect with the adjacent Paul Keating Park and create a public urban forecourt and visibility into the heart of the 18-storey, sculptural building. Inspired by geometry and stepping back to minimise shadowing on open spaces.
Tracking for a 5-Star Green rating, with photovoltaic roof panels, renewable energy, rainwater capture and reuse, and innovative lighting and shading systems.
Frequently asked questions
The proposed Bankstown City campus will enable the University to move from its existing Milperra campus and establish a suite of education and research programs to reflect its new location in the north of the Bankstown CBD.
The new campus will be highly accessible by public transport, including train, buses, and the future planned Bankstown Metro station – a major benefit to the student and staff community.
In 2018 the NSW Government released the most recent Greater Sydney Regional Plan which reaffirmed Bankstown as a priority health and education precinct. The University’s presence in the heart of Bankstown CBD will have a transformative impact on the city and its people.
Courses to be offered at the new Bankstown City campus include education, social sciences, business, and health, as well as its pathway programs and foundation studies offered by the University’s The College. The University is regularly communicating with students and staff about the new Bankstown City campus and the proposed transition from Milperra. No course will be discontinued as a result of the move.
During construction, some areas of the Paul Keating Park may be impacted with temporary fencing to prevent dust and debris. The University will be implementing measures to reduce any potential impact on the park, immediate area and the local community.
As part of the planning process studies have been undertaken to assess and mitigate the environmental, economic and social impacts of the construction and operation of the campus.
An Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Assessment is also being undertaken to understand and determine any items of aboriginal cultural significance.
This development is an educational institution and has met the criteria for what is known as a ‘State Significant Development’. This means it must be assessed by the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment.
As part of this process, State Significant Developments must be available for public exhibition for a minimum of 28 days. During this time community are invited to comment on the development plans by submission to the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment.
Estimated timeframes are:
- Late July 2019: State Significant Development Application submitted to the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment
- From late September 2019: State Significant Development Application on public exhibition for community feedback (28 days)
- Late 2019: State Significant Development Application assessment concludes and determination received
- Mid 2020: Subject to planning approval, main construction commences
- Early 2022: Subject to planning approval, classes commence
The University is preparing to submit a State Significant Development Application to the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment. Staff, students and community are invited to provide feedback prior to this submission and during the public exhibition period.
Contact the team at BCCproject@westernsydney.edu.au