Our economic impact

Swinburne's economic impact is difficult to quantify when it comes to direct and indirect impacts of our activities. Our core business activities of education and research make major contributions to our economy. 

Our direct business operations place us as a significant employer and contributer to the local economy.

As a public university, Swinburne receives the majority of our revenue from student fee payments and government grants for higher and vocational education. 

2014 highlights

Read about some of the key sustainability highlights on our economic impact. 

Fossil Free Swinburne is group of Swinburne students, staff and alumni. Their key campaign aims to increase awareness, foster discussion and engage our leadership team to divest away from fossil fuels. Swinburne’s senior management are now examining the our approach to investment in response to the group's concerns.

Fossil Free Swinburne

Sustainable procurement examples

In 2014, we were able to:  

  • develop a strategy for sustainable procurement
  • implement an e-tendering system to replace manual and hardcopy tender processes; this minimises paper collection, printing, disposal and records storage
  • purchase energy efficient equipment with power management settings allowing low power, sleep and off modes
  • begin replacing existing desktop network telephones with power management systems to enable sleep mode from 6pm on weekdays.