Tonsley is built to cultivate strong ties.
Tonsley Innovation District has been designed and organised to stimulate new and higher levels of connectivity, collaboration and innovation.
This allows relationships between individuals and organisations to thrive, generate, sharpen and accelerate the advancement of ideas and commercialisation — all connected by shared spaces, transit, skilled networks of people and digital technology.
Professor Colin Stirling, Vice Chancellor, Flinders University
"Our investment in Tonsley reflects our commitment to stimulating jobs growth, bringing our students together with the very best academics, researchers and entrepreneurs in a state-of-the-art facility that encourages innovation and drives new industry."
Tonsley Innovation District’s success is determined by the quality of the collaboration between its business partners.
There’s a network of formal and informal places for people to relax, meet and exchange ideas, encouraging collaboration and shared facilities, including:
There are also public spaces giving the community interesting meeting and recreation spots:
Tonsley is an ideal base to network with existing and emerging industries and businesses.
Tonsley’s collaborative culture embeds education institutions and their students in industry activity.
A skilled workforce is readily employable on Tonsley’s doorstep. Together, Flinders University and TAFE SA have 8,500 students studying and training at Tonsley every year.
Flinders University’s School of Computer Science, Engineering and Mathematics is preparing graduates to work in all four of the industry sectors that are a focus for Tonsley — with core high-value manufacturing capabilities a primary focus.
TAFE SA’s Sustainable Industries Education Centre is training the next generation of skilled workers in all aspects of green construction.
TAFE SA’s Onshore Petroleum Centre of Excellence facility is also using realistic simulations of oil and gas operations from extraction to separation to enable oil and gas workers to earn formal qualifications off-site.
For budding entrepreneurs or growing businesses, Innovyz and Flinders New Venture Institute offer programs in entrepreneurship and commercialisation skills, providing extensive support to take ideas and concepts from the drawing board to market.
Tonsley has a private telecommunications optical fibre network with built-in redundancy, providing easy and cost-effective connectivity to service providers. This is in place, reducing connection time and minimising build and design work.
A commercial internet service provider at Tonsley will also not be reliant on Australia’s national broadband network infrastructure and will offer services above that network’s maximum speed threshold of 100 megabits per second.