Campus Management


The Campus Plan 2010 builds upon the Campus Plan 2000, taking into account changes in economic, social, environmental and governance over the past decade. The focus is on 2010 – 2020, but it also sets the foundations for campus development into the future beyond 2020.

The Plan is the document that reports to State Government, through the Western Australian Planning Commission (WAPC), on the physical development and planning issues that have an impact on the Crawley campus. It is used by the WAPC to assess the University’s major new developments. Further it is used by the University to plan for new infrastructure and development as well as building upon the current form and feel of the widely admired campus.

The Plan is based on a set of principles and recommendations to guide development.

It is intended that the Plan will drive the physical elements in support of the University’s Strategic and Operational Priorities Plan which focuses on the provision of quality research, teaching and student experience.


The objectives of the Plan are to:

  • Ensure there is sufficient land and buildings to accommodate teaching, research and other needs over the next 10 years; and
  • Place the University to the best advantage to meet external, often unforeseeable situations, over the next 50 years.


The Vice-Chancellor’s Campus Planning Review 2010 Steering Committee was appointed in November 2009. The role of the Committee was to prepare a planning document for approval by the University’s governing body, the Senate. The Plan will be lodged with the Western Australian Planning Commission (WAPC) as the planning guide for the Crawley campus over the next decade and beyond.
The development of the Plan included a consultation process with a public comment period from 4 August 2010 to 17 September 2010 engaging community, university and government stakeholders.

Scope of the plan

Over the years the University has expanded beyond the original campus, and the ‘edges’ of the University are no longer distinctly defined. The University has actively purchased property around the campus since the 1960s and the University developments on what was traditionally residential land have become common-place. Developments such as the Ken and Julie Michael Building at 7 Fairway are an example of successful campus growth into the community.

The land referred to as “the campus” in this document refers to and is zoned under the Metropolitan Regional Scheme for University Purposes. It also includes adjacent areas that have either high levels of University ownership, or are used for University related purposes, or may determine the planning outcomes within the campus. In summary for the purposes of this plan, the Crawley campus of 53.3 hectares consists of properties listed in Appendix B.

It includes the area between the Crawley campus and Broadway, where more than 40 per cent of the land is owned by The University of Western Australia. The University acknowledges that there are many other landholders in this area. Nevertheless, this area is included in the campus plan to provide an indication of how the land could ultimately be developed. The Plan signals the University’s direction for its land holdings within the area and provides information for private landowners, who are respected as neighbours.

The vision for the Crawley Campus area is inclusive of all in the community. The wider community is welcome to continue to use and engage with the facilities contained on campus land.