Innovation districts

An interconnected ecosystem of innovation districts across the Six Cities Region link places of learning, supercharging knowledge jobs across the region while supporting the broader jobs economy.

People gather around a medical mannequin at the health and wellbeing lab.

Innovation districts group together aligned industries that focus on improving health, developing tech, and supporting startups and scaleups. Alongside delivering more housing, education and other public outcomes, they enable economic, physical and networking opportunities. 

The Greater Cities Commission is building an innovation ecosystem where our innovation districts and assets collaborate to compete, creating a globally competitive $485 billion Six City Region.

What are innovation districts?

The Six Cities Region in NSW is home to the innovation district ecosystem.

The innovation district ecosystem is an interconnected ecosystem of innovation districts where places of learning are linked to supercharge economic productivity and growth. Knowledge jobs are supercharged across the ecosystem and region, supporting the broader jobs economy.

Explore our innovation districts

Central Coast innovation district

An expanding health, wellbeing, education and food manufacturing ecosystem.

People walk down the stairs at Tech Central

The most inclusive, welcoming, sustainable and creative district in the world.

Westmead Hospital block

A world-leading destination for Bioinnovation Impact.

How do we define innovation and what makes an innovation district?

Innovation is defined as the implementation of a new or significantly improved product, process, marketing method, or organizational method in business practices, workplace organization, or external relations by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD Oslo Manual). 

Innovation districts are geographically dense areas within or at the fringes of metropolitan centres where universities and other research and development focused institutions, both public and private, cluster and connect with investment and businesses of all stages and sizes. 

Innovation districts in NSW are made up of several single sector focused precincts, allowing for the ideas, technologies, and sectors to collide. These collisions result in multi-sectorial districts leading the creation of first world invention and new industries. They also stimulate new business model innovation and technology adoption in existing industries. 

Innovation districts are physically compact, transit-accessible, and technically wired, offering mixed-use housing, office, and retail. 

As magnets for investment, innovation districts will create new high growth companies, connect us globally and become sought-after places to live and work. 

Innovation ecosystems such as the Six Cities Region create pathways and talent pipelines to produce and share innovative ideas, methods and technologies to solve complex national and global problems through open innovation. 

Innovation ecosystems are highly networked, within and outside of innovation districts to create and grow the businesses and jobs of the future. They boost productivity through greater employment densities and attraction, skills matching and development, and collaboration and trust between partners. 

More importantly they are great ecosystems for commercial translation for global competitive advantage. A significant percentage of innovative businesses and skilled workers are choosing to co-locate in these amenity rich place-based clusters within or with easy access to metropolitan centres because of these opportunities.