Hi-tech place, Melbourne : technology precincts and the development of high technology industry in metropolitan Melbourne

Kneebush, Trent (1994) Hi-tech place, Melbourne : technology precincts and the development of high technology industry in metropolitan Melbourne. Research Master thesis, Victoria University of Technology.

Abstract

In essence, the following thesis examines the development of high technology industry (HTI) in metropolitan Melbourne. The thesis focuses on an assessment of the Victorian Government's spatially-focussed HTI development policy known as the 'Technology Precincts Policy" (TPP) which was adopted in 1988. Under this policy, five technology precincts have been established in Melbourne to encourage the development of HTI. Two main approaches were employed to evaluate the TPP, namely, a review of relevant literature and an analysis of unpublished data obtained from and produced by the ABS specifically for this thesis. The primary analysis involved determining the geographical orientation and locational preferences of HTI in Melbourne compared to the location of the five designated technology precincts. From the findings of the two research approaches, it is concluded that the TPP is not relevant, accurate or successful policy in terms of the development of HTI in Melbourne. This is primarily because the policy is too spatially-focussed and the designated technology precincts do not reflect the actual factors that influence the location and development of HTI in Melbourne. Given the thesis findings, an alternative HTI development policy for Melbourne is recommended. The recommended policy focuses on the Melbourne metropolitan area as a whole and would involve a range of integrated and co-ordinated State Government initiatives and measures. Its goal would be an economic and urban environment in Melbourne which encourages innovation and HTI development throughout the metropolis, rather than seek a specific outcome in a particular spatial order.

Additional Information

Master of Arts

Item type Thesis (Research Master thesis)
URI http://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/17933
Subjects Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Communication and the Arts
Current > FOR Classification > 1099 Other Technology
Current > FOR Classification > 1604 Human Geography
Keywords High technology industries, economic growth, Victoria, Melbourne
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