About Peninsula campus

Our history

Peninsula grounds and buildings

Originally a teachers college, our Peninsula campus was previously known as the State College at Frankston. Following talks with Caulfield Institute of Technology in the early 1980s, the college then became the Frankston campus of the newly-formed Chisholm Institute of Technology in 1982. On 1 July 1990, both the Peninsula and Caulfield campuses of the Chisholm Institute amalgamated with Monash University.

Since that time, Peninsula campus has grown to become the University's third-largest campus in Australia, and the heart of a vibrant, integrated health, business and education precinct. We offer students a globally recognised education in a supportive community setting on the edge of the world’s most liveable city, Frankston.

More information about the history of our campus can be found by visiting Monash University records and Archives Services.

Developments and partnerships

Over the past five years, our Peninsula campus has transformed into an industry leader in education and research, with a focus on Allied Health. The campus has built strong partnerships with the health precinct and made positive connections with the wider Frankston community.

Our major campus developments, centres and partnerships include:

School of Primary and Allied Healthcare

Monash Addiction Research Centre (MARC)

National Centre for Healthy Ageing (NCHA)

Rehabilitation, Ageing and Independent Living Research Centre (RAIL)

Partnership with Peninsula Health

Strengthening our business and education facilities

Investing over $20 million in upgrading and enhancing the campus, including a new student hub,cafes, bookshop. and new foyer entrance to the George Jenkins Theatre

Australia’s largest Passive House building, Gillies Hall offering 150 full furnished self-contained studio apartments

Strong connections

With our strong connections to the regions’ employers and the local community, Peninsula campus has a reputation for excellence in nursing and allied health, education and business.

Our extensive links with the region in which we sit, including schools, healthcare providers and local businesses provide a practical edge for students and deliver significant economic and social benefits to the community. We’re strengthening the local health and education workforce through professional development and student training. Each year, our students complete more than half a million hours of placements across nursing, midwifery, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, paramedicine and education.

We’re committed to partnering with local employers. These partnerships play a crucial role for everyone involved, channelling local talent back into the community and ensuring that our graduates have the real-world experience that employers’ value.