Laboratories & facilities

Our researchers have access to a wide range of specialist laboratories and research facilities that are ranked among the best in Australia and the world.

We are one of just seven Australian universities to receive a five-star rating from the Council of Australian Postgraduate Associations for our facilities and infrastructure supporting postgraduate research students.

VU research students also have access to dedicated study and computing facilities in the form of a Research Student Lounge and Research Room located in two of our campus Libraries (Footscray Park and Werribee).

Sport, exercise & active living facilities

The Institute of Sport, Exercise and Active Living offers state-of-the-art research facilities including:

  • exercise physiology laboratories
  • altitude hotel
  • biomechanics laboratories
  • motor learning and skilled performance laboratories
  • sport and exercise biochemistry laboratories
  • motor control and biofeedback laboratories
  • exercise rehabilitation laboratories.


Victoria University Community Sports Stadium

Staff from the Sport in Society program at Whitten Oval

The $8 million VU education research centre for sport and exercise sciences is located at Victoria University Community Sports Stadium. The stadium is located at Victoria University Whitten Oval which is home to our partners, the Western Bulldogs Football Club.

The facility offers unique opportunities for research in elite sports, including coaching, player development, strength and conditioning.

Water research

Ikechukwu Ike (PhD student) working on research in the water lab

The Institute for Sustainability and Innovation (ISI) offers a range of water research laboratories at our Werribee Campus. These include:

  • fully equipped fluid mechanics and hydraulics laboratory incorporating pluviometers, flowmeters and water quality monitoring equipment
  • laboratory and pilot plant membrane facilities for flat sheet, hollow fibre and ceramic membranes
  • membrane autopsy facilities.

Researchers also have access to a range of hydrological software packages, including geographic information systems (GIS) and REsource ALlocation Model (REALM).

Sleep laboratory

Sleep laboratory

Our two-bedroom sleep laboratory at our St Albans campus is equipped with a range of devices for measuring sleep. It houses three portable Compumedics "Somte" systems for sleep recordings, and software for staging and scoring sleep studies. Researchers have access to:

  • Respironics Actiware watches and software
  • SleepImage cardiopulmonary coupling devices for assessing sleep stability
  • Palm Psychomotor Vigilance Tests
  • BMedical Pro-diaries for recording daytime assessments of sleepiness and mood.

Health research

Dietician giving nutritional advice to a patient in Sunshine Hospital

We have partnered with Western Health and the University of Melbourne to develop the Western Centre for Health Research and Education.

This $51.6 million five-level building at Sunshine Hospital provides current and future health care professionals with cutting-edge education, research and training facilities.

Special collections & archives

The VU Library holds several special collections and archives that are available to assist graduate students and staff in their research. These collections have been funded by bequests and developed to support special research areas. They include:

Fire testing facilities

Fire risk testing at CESARE

The Centre for Environmental Safety and Risk Engineering (CESARE) at our Werribee campus offers facilities for fire safety engineering research and testing. Facilities include:

  • fire test furnaces
  • cone calorimeter
  • 3MW calorimeter and ISO room
  • large fire test facilities
  • four-storey building scale model.

Victorian Platform Technologies Network (VPTN)

The Victorian Platform Technologies Network (VPTN) houses high quality facilities for research in:

  • biotechnology
  • informatics
  • mathematics
  • materials science
  • computation
  • manufacturing.

The facilities are open for access by industry and researchers working in any location.
A key VPTN initiative is the Australian Research Infrastructure Network (ARIN) which enables online booking of VPTN.

ARIN also offers real-time reporting facility use for users, chief investigators, institutional administrators and facility managers.

Other research facilities

VU offers many more research facilities and resources through our Institutes and Centres and academic colleges.