CSIRO sets sights on Aerotropolis as new Sydney research hub

CSIRO has entered into discussions with the NSW government to relocate up to 450 of its employees and researchers into a state-of-the-art facility in the heart of the new Western Sydney Aerotropolis, from 2026.

Under the proposed move, a bespoke carbon-neutral CSIRO facility of up to 18,000 sqm would be built, featuring collaborative workshops and modern, flexible laboratories to support the delivery of cutting-edge science and technology.

The CSIRO facility would be central to the Aerotropolis Advanced Manufacturing and Research Precinct, which will bring together research institutes and commercial organisations across advanced manufacturing, quantum technologies, aerospace, defence and agribusiness.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said Aerotropolis will be a new focal point for Australian innovation, research and productivity, making it the perfect home for Australia’s national science agency.

“CSIRO is a national icon and would set the tone for the Aerotropolis as an innovation hub which will drive the creation of more than 200,000 jobs across the Western Parkland City.”

CSIRO CEO Dr Larry Marshall said the agency’s presence at Aerotropolis would support collaboration and put science and technology right at the heart of this new smart and liveable city.

“The more we can put science in the hands of real people to solve real problems, the better our future will be, so the collaboration and connectedness of the Western Sydney Aerotropolis is an immense opportunity for CSIRO and the future we are shaping for Australia.”

“Aerotropolis reflects the new generation of CSIRO, agile and diverse, while building on a great 100-year legacy of innovation through collaboration. Sydney is where CSIRO invented fast WiFi and where we will invent the next innovations for our future prosperity and sustainability.”

The move to Aerotropolis would progress CSIRO’s long-standing plans to consolidate activities and refresh its research facilities, while supporting the agency’s growing commitment to Western Sydney, including:

  • Establishment of the first CSIRO Urban Living Lab at the Sydney Science Park in Western Sydney.
  • A $25 million partnership with the NSW Government to support science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) education and generate up to 200,000 jobs in the Western Sydney region over 20 years.
  • A Digital Twin of the Western Sydney City Deal  – a virtual 4D model of the Western Sydney’s built and natural environment, developed through a partnership between the NSW Government and  CSIRO.
  • A new 10-year lease agreement in the $350 million ‘Innovation Quarter’ precinct that will co-locate a team of CSIRO digital health and nutrition researchers at Westmead.

Expected to be completed by 2026, the Aerotropolis aims to be one of Australia’s most connected cities supporting current and future residents, businesses and researchers.

Under the plans, the CSIRO facility would benefit from the $11 billion Sydney Metro – Western Sydney Airport rail which will service the greater Western Sydney region, and the opening of Western Sydney International (Nancy-Bird Walton) Airport in 2026.