About the Capital Works Program


Swanston Academic Building, the home of the College of Business.

Design Hub

Design Hub, on the corner of Swanston and Victoria Street.

RMIT University has embarked upon a $800 million capital works program, which will be rolled out over a six-year period. This investment represents the largest expenditure on capital works in RMIT’s 128-year history.

Major Projects

One of RMIT’s key objectives is to continuously improve upon its suite of learning, teaching and research spaces so that students and staff can enjoy world-class, state-of-the-art facilities that are engaging, sustainable and safe.

The capital works program is made up of major construction and refurbishment projects that are over $1 million in value. The duration of these projects often spans more than one year.

Major projects are first identified in the Property Portfolio Plan (to be launched in Q1, 2016) – a set of planning principles and campus plans to guide the future development of each of the University’s campuses, including Vietnam.

The capital works program will:

  • roll out major, state-of-the-art learning, teaching and research facilities across the City, Bundoora and Brunswick campuses
  • consolidate Schools within the same Academic College across clusters of closely grouped buildings
  • provide new staff accommodation, designed to enhance collegial discourse and cross-disciplinary engagement
  • provide facilities that enhance staff and student connectivity and interdisciplinary interaction
  • employ environmentally sustainable design practices for new and refurbished buildings
  • upgrade and expand current student services including the Library and retail outlets
  • develop outdoor recreation spaces, including sporting facilities and student and staff lawns.

Annual Works

Annual works (minor works) are projects requested by stakeholders that are valued between $5,000 and less than $1 million. Annual works incorporate the following categories:

  • maintenance work – for both the Higher Education and Vocational Education sectors
  • project feasibility studies
  • teaching space upgrade program
  • sustainability projects.

As part of the budget process, Property Services seeks annual works submissions from Portfolios and Colleges. Annual Works submissions must be submitted via the Property Services’ Project Request System.

Important: please note that Portfolios, Colleges, Schools, Groups and RMIT companies are not permitted to arrange for any capital works or any other work that falls within Property Services’ sphere of activities, except via Property Services.