Curtin University, South Metropolitan TAFE (Bentley and Carlisle campuses), as well as the Australian Resources and Research Centre, are all located in the Town. The 2013 Curtin Masterplan and 2018 Bentley-Curtin Specialised Activity Centre Structure Plan outline how Curtin University and Bentley Technology Park will develop into an “innovation city”, by co-locating residential development, student accommodation, research institutions and businesses. The growth of Curtin University alongside Bentley Technology Park and South Metropolitan TAFE will create the foundations for job growth and support the growing ecosystem of innovators and entrepreneurs choosing to locate within the Town. The Curtin University and Bentley Technology Park precinct is at the forefront of Western Australia’s knowledge economy with plans to develop a major innovation precinct that already houses more than 100 technology-based, research, academic and support organisations.
Driven by an ageing population, the health industry and high value medical capabilities are an important part of the new and emerging economy. Importantly a number of firms within the human biopharmaceuticals and medical product manufacturing sector are located within the Town, and Curtin University is the only Western Australian university that has a pharmacy program.