Sector Fact Sheet

The engineering sector in Victoria has become a vital and pivotal part to the continued growth of the Victorian economy and population. The sector employs over 600,000 people which equates to 22% of the Victorian workforce and 10% of the state’s population.


Victoria has a strong civil engineering and construction industry, underpinned by a multifaceted construction technologies sector. Victoria’s construction industry is the state’s fifth largest industry valued at $21.6 billion and employs over 240,000 people in 89,000 businesses. Construction technologies are vital to Victoria’s rapidly changing construction industry and in supporting its delivery of Victoria’s future infrastructure and housing needs. The state’s strengths include:

  • Well-established construction industry with strong global outlook.
  • Collaboration with leading-edge digital tech firms.
  • National leader in off-site construction technologies.
  • Designing and developing high-value construction materials and products.> Close alignment to Victoria’s significant innovation and research infrastructure.


Manufacturing is a $30 billion industry and a cornerstone of the Victorian economy, providing a diverse range of jobs, boosting exports and contributing to economic growth.

The evolution of global manufacturing has created new opportunities for Victorian companies to think innovatively, use advanced technologies, expand their research and development and create new partnerships and international connections.

The Victorian Government is committed to supporting local industry to take advantage of these new opportunities. Our highly skilled workforce, established supply chains, design and engineering expertise and leading education and R&D capability, makes Victoria the perfect place for manufacturers to grow and thrive.


The Victorian Government is utilising local engineering talent and investing in major infrastructure development to ensure the state reputation as an international engineering leader.


The Victorian Government is developiing a whole of government digital engineering approach. The Victorian Digital Asset Strategy (VDAS) has been developed by the government departments and agencies to plan, deliver, operate and maintain assets they manage. The strategy allows the state to lead the way in developing contemporary and detailed guidance to the many stakeholders that deliver Victoria’s projects and assets.

The VDAS sets out the vital process for safeguarding the digital systems that will allow us uto monitor and improve the creation and management of infrastructure assets in Victoria. The strategy has been developed for digital engineering and building information modelling to ensure cost effective, innovative, and value-added digtial assets for all Victorians for decades to come.


Professor Bronwyn Fox currently holds the position CSIRO’s fourth female Chief Scientist joining from Swinburne University of Technology where she also holds the position Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Enterprise). Prior to this appointment, Professor Fox was founding Director of the university’s Manufacturing Futures Research Institute with a mission to support the transition of Australia’s manufacturing sector to Industry 4.0 - the fourth industrial revolution.

Demonstrating sustained commitment to supporting the growth of the manufacturing industry in Australia through targeted research, Professor Fox was previously one of the founders of the Carbon Nexus facility at Deakin University, which catalysed the creation of an industrial research precinct. Leveraging her specific knowledge of materials science and engineering, Professor Fox has built multidisciplinary teams to work with the manufacturing sector to ensure they are digitally equipped and linked into global supply chains.

Bronwyn is an internationally recognised expert on carbon fibre and composite materials and is Chair of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (Victorian Division), a Fellow of the Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE), a Fellow of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI), a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD) and an advocate for Melbourne as a Club Melbourne Ambassador


In 2019 Engineers Australia and the World Federation of Engineering Organizations welcomed the World Engineers Convention to Melbourne. Over 3000+ delegates from over 70 countries attended the convention. Engineers Australia celebrated its Centenary in 2019, and this convention highlighted Australian engineering on a global scale and explored the distinctive and sustaining mindset of the profession; the notion that ‘anything is possible’.


Melbourne’s history of more than 100 years in vehicle R&D and manufacturing has resulted in generations of expertise and broad industry capability. With its cluster of manufacturing, tooling and design facilities, it is one of the few locations in the world that can take a vehicle through the entire design and engineering spectrum. This comprehensive capability has resulted in a number of global companies, including Toyota, Ford, Kenworth and Iveco, having their design and engineering capacity in the state.


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