Vic Hub prepares for next steps

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HQ changes to facilitate ‘Hub 2.0’


The Victoria Drought Resilience Adoption & Innovation Hub (Vic Hub) is gearing up for its next phase, known as “Hub 2.0”, with significant changes to its headquarters.

The Vic Hub, a consortium of 10 established entities led by The University of Melbourne (UoM) at its Dookie campus in northern Victoria, is implementing these changes to enhance its operations and impact.

Giovanni TurchiniProfessor Giovanni Turchini (pictured), Head of the School of Agriculture, Food and Ecosystem Sciences (SAFES) at UoM’s Faculty of Science, said, “After a successful Hub 1.0, we are refining the structure at HQ to propel us into the next exciting phase.”

With the first period coming to an end, UoM commissioned a review of the Hub’s overall operations. Following that review, Prof Turchini announced strategic changes at HQ, aimed at positioning the Vic Hub for future success.

“We will replace the two half-time Directors with a full-time, non-academic Director and reassign the Operations Manager role across both a Financial Administrator and an Adoption Support role. The co-Directors will return to their full-time research and teaching positions within the University,” he said.


Ruth Nettle

Professor Turchini expressed gratitude to the three outgoing staff members for their dedication and vision: Director, Professor Michael Tausz; Associate Director – Drought Resilience, Te’o Lau Dr Viliamu Iese; and Operators Manager Anita Chennell. He highlighted the Hub Operations Manager’s pioneering contributions since the Hub’s inception in 2021 under inaugural co-founding Directors, Prof Ruth Nettle (pictured) and Prof Tim Reeves OAM.

“Additionally, the Vic Hub has benefited from the skills and broad research links of the both Director and Associate Director.

“The efforts of all three staff were instrumental in establishing the Hub’s foundational processes and collaborative culture, leading to the successful conclusion of its first phase.

“We are now all looking to the future with excitement, as the Vic Hub continues its mission to support Victorian farmers and farming communities in becoming more drought-prepared and resilient.”

The new positions will be advertised on our Careers page.