About VMSC

history2In 1990, the University of Melbourne supplied two relocatable buildings that were erected on site at Queenscliff. These buildings provided office and laboratory space to the consortium for the ensuing 3½ years. An aquarium building was also completed in 1991 and on 20 February 1991, the then Minister for Conservation and Environment, the Hon. Steve Crabb, officially opened the facilities. Financial support was received from BHP Petroleum Pty Ltd and Esso Australia Ltd. (now ExxonMobil Australia) in establishing the aquarium system.

In 1991, a joint proposal from Deakin University, La Trobe University, Monash University, RMIT, The University of Melbourne and VIMS was made to the Australian Research Council (ARC) for funding. The proposal's objectives were to establish a high quality flow-through seawater system and develop research facilities for marine environmental toxicology.

The proposal for funding was successful and planning commenced for the development of a new marine ecotoxicology laboratory at Queenscliff. Construction began in August 1994 and was completed in January 1995.

In November 2004, the consortium moved into new facilities a short distance away, on Swan Bay.