The goal of VH2 is to bring together researchers, industry partners and businesses to test, trial and demonstrate new and emerging hydrogen technologies.
CSIRO will receive more than $1 million towards the development of a hydrogen vehicle refuelling station at its Clayton campus in suburban Melbourne.
The wider precinct is also home to Monash University, the Australian Synchrotron, and the Victorian Heart Hospital (due to open next year), among other institutions and organisations. The local headquarters and technical centre of automotive electronics manufacturer Robert Bosch is nearby.
"As Australia considers energy alternatives, we know hydrogen is clean and will be cost-competitive – but a major barrier to it becoming a fuel source for cars and trucks is how to refuel, and the lack of refuelling infrastructure," said CSIRO executive director for growth Nigel Warren.
"The refueller is a significant step towards removing that barrier."
Swinburne University of Technology vice-chancellor Professor Pascale Quester said "We are grateful for the Victorian Government for their support.
"The Victorian Hydrogen Hub will be another demonstration of how we can bring people and technology together to create a better world.
"Swinburne's strong partnership with CSIRO means that we will be able to build on our focus of digitalisation and Industry 4.0, and support industry to enhance its understanding of what hydrogen can deliver."
The refueller project will allow CSIRO to conduct a fleet trial of hydrogen vehicles, and possible expansion would support other fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) in the local area.
"We are proud to be investing in this forward-looking initiative, the kind that will help build a smarter Victoria and help respond to climate change," said Victorian Minister for Higher Education Gayle Tierney.
Toyota Australia is also involved in the project by supplying next-generation Mirai FCEVs.
"This is a significant step towards having the necessary refuelling infrastructure to help grow hydrogen opportunities in Australia," said Toyota Australia manager of future technologies Matt MacLeod.
"We look forward working closely with CSIRO and their partners on this exciting project."