Goal 8: Decent work & economic growth

As a 'dual-sector' tertiary institution, offering practical, vocational education as well as academic and research opportunities, VU exemplifies the concept of work-focused learning and development.

In addition to supporting our community into work, we collaborate on strategic economic development in the west of Melbourne, and conduct world-class economic modelling and research to advise business and government policy.

Achieving SDG8 will require a wholesale reform of our morally bankrupt financial system in order to tackle rising debts, economic uncertainties and trade tensions, while promoting equitable pay and decent work for young people.
– United Nations

Research, engagement & education 2020-21

The Centre of Policy Studies (CoPS)  provides computable general equilibrium (CGE) modelling and analysis of the factors for sustainable economic growth, to support the evidence base for public policy and improve economic decision-making, both in Australia and internationally.

In addition, the University unites government and businesses to develop economic strategy. And we are committed to providing our students with work-relevant experience to improve career outcomes.


Sustainability on campus

Our Skills and Jobs Centre in Footscray connects job seekers with the skills development, job-seeking support and employment opportunities in the region, including the Footscray Hospital big build.