Western Australia’s Technology Park (TPWA), Bentley, was established as the first such facility in Australia in 1985. Designated land was gazetted according to legislation in 1986. Adjoining land currently occupied by the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development in the locality of Kensington was also gazetted as Technology Park in 2007. This extended the TPWA area established and managed by the Minister under section 6(e) of the Industry and Technology Development Act 1998 (ITD Act).
The uses of TPWA and associated land of some 60 hectares are controlled by the special use zoning for research and development within the Kensington locality by the City of South Perth, and within the Bentley locality by the Town of Victoria Park.
TPWA serves as a diverse technology hub and as important common-use infrastructure for technology development in Western Australia . Many leading local, national and international science and technology companies are based here.
TPWA is a Western Australian Government initiative developed with the following objectives to:
- Support emerging local companies seeking to develop and export diverse technology based products , services and intellectual property;
- Encourage active collaboration between the private and public sector technology development initiatives;
- Attract international technology focused companies and research organisations to locate their operations to Western Australia;
- Promote commercialisation of research and development in association with local research centres and universities;
- Create and maintain international and national strategic links
- Provide modern common-use economic infrastructure to further growth and economic diversity.