Regional Development VictoriaRDA Southern Melbourne

State Government of Victoria


Projects and activities

PROJECTS IN PROGRESS

PROJECTS IN DEVELOPMENT

 

PROJECTS COMPLETED

Southern Melbourne RDA has five key priorities, listed on the home page. The Committee has developed a diagram that summarises the projects competed over recent years and demonstrates how the work undertaken through the original five priorities has developed momentum and created further projects. Download the diagram

Projects in progress

Food Processing and Manufacturing

Manufacturing is a significant driver of prosperity in the region. Although some of its low value sectors are experiencing decline, food processing has been identified as one of the three largest manufacturing sectors in south east Melbourne. This project will deliver a report and a future-focused action plan with supporting material presented in a format that can be used to influence all levels of government, work with peak manufacturing bodies and work with the local food manufacturing and processing industry.

PARTNERS: CARDINIA SHIRE COUNCIL, CITY OF CASEY, FRANKSTON CITY COUNCIL, CITY OF GREATER DANDENONG, KINGSTON CITY COUNCIL, MORNINGTON PENINSULA SHIRE COUNCIL, SOUTHERN MELBOURNE RDA

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Bus Services Study

The Bus Services Study seeks to address the issue of unreliable and unintegrated bus services in the outer areas of the region by bringing together government legislation, policy, reports, studies and other information relating to bus transport over the past 15 years. It will synthesise this information, provide an analysis and make recommendations on what is needed to implement a metro-style bus system that provides regular, interconnected services.

PARTNERS: SOUTHERN MELBOURNE RDA

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Future of Manufacturing Stage 2

The Future of Manufacturing is a long term project that aims to grow business capability and embed a shared vision for manufacturing in the region. It is being implemented in four stages, each one building on the outcomes of the earlier stage but with its own objectives. Implementation of the strategy involves actions by a range of parties and will require sustained effort over the medium to long term.

Stage 1 ‘Foundation & Capability Building’ has been completed and Stage 2 ‘Engagement and Implementation’ is underway, with 30 local businesses committed to being involved. Stage 2 will present a multilayered approach to supporting manufacturers in the region by developing and implementing pilot activities around five strategies with activities nominated by local manufacturers in Stage 1. These activities will complement and add value to existing state and federal activities in the region.

PARTNERS: SOUTH EAST MELBOURNE MANUFACTURERS’ ALLIANCE, CITY OF GREATER DANDENONG, DSDBI, MANUFACTURING INNOVATION PRECINCT, SOUTHERN MELBOURNE RDA

Download Future of Manufacturing Project – brochure (PDF 2.5 MB)
Download Future of Manufacturing Project – supporting firms (PDF 227.5 KB)

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Projects in development

The Future of Regional Tourism

The Mornington Peninsula, Frankston and parts of Casey and Cardinia attract visitation delivering economic, social and environmental benefits to their communities. In particular, the Mornington Peninsula and Frankston, because of their proximity to Melbourne, have considerable advantages in attracting domestic visitation. Although tourist figures are growing the industry faces a number of challenges including funding, availability of skilled staff and the skills of the tourism operators themselves.

The RDA will develop a project to understand what has been done to date, investigate what is likely to happen in the future, make recommendations on the local industry and address the following issues:

  • training partnerships between local businesses and training institutes
  • group training/employment schemes
  • forming business clusters to leverage synergies between like businesses
  • incentive packages tailored to attract skilled staff to particular tourist areas.

PARTNERS: TBC

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Briefing for MPs, Mayors and CEOs

The RDA holds annual briefings for State and Federal MPs, LGA Mayors and CEOs. This provides an opportunity for Southern Melbourne RDA to promote its achievements, hear from MPs and local government, and provide information about the region.

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Sponsorship of business awards and events

Southern Melbourne RDA sponsors a range of business awards and events on an annual basis to strengthen local business retention and expansion and to promote business excellence. Events previously supported include the SEBN Business Networking Dinner, Frankston and Mornington Peninsula Excellence in Business Awards, Cardinia Shire Business Awards, Melbourne’s South East Business Awards and Casey Business Awards.

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Projects completed

Local Food Economies

This project investigated practical ways in which local food economies can be supported to increase local employment, local skills and local food security. The outer south east has been identified potentially as an area for development of a Food Hub, as it has strong needs. Opportunities exist for a pilot project that will investigate a Food Hub in the Casey area and develop a peri-urban food economy business case.

PARTNERS: MORNINGTON PENINSULA SHIRE COUNCIL, CITY OF CASEY, CARDINIA SHIRE COUNCIL, MELBOURNE UNIVERSITY COMMERCIAL, SOUTHERN MELBOURNE RDA

Download the Local Food Economies Study (PDF 175.2 KB)

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Understanding Future Training, Skills and Employment Needs

The region’s economic structure is changing in line with national trends: since 1996 manufacturing’s share of value-added and employment has declined, replaced by combined growth in the wholesale, retail, financial, insurance professional, technical, education, training, healthcare and social assistance sectors.

The trend is towards knowledge economy skills driven by technological advances across many industries requiring workers with higher skills and technical qualifications. While skill shortages have traditionally been in the manufacturing industry, there are also shortages in the new growth sectors of health, education, and professional and community services. Additionally, more needs to be done to close the gap between the needs of industry and the skills of residents.

The RDA will undertake regional skills and training analysis to understand what skills and training are required across the region over the next 10 years. This will investigate:

  • the actions required to address the decline of manufacturing employment
  • the impediments to knowledge economy skills acquisition
  • ways to enhance pathways to training and employment
  • the mismatch between local skills and skills required by employers
  • the ageing staff cohort in manufacturing, education and health.

PARTNERS: DEPARTMENT OF EMPLOYMENT, EDUCATION AND WORKPLACE RELATIONS, MORNINGTON PENINSULA SHIRE COUNCIL, SKILLS VICTORIA, SOUTHERN MELBOURNE RDA

Download the Regional Future Workforce Analysis report summary (PDF 194.3 KB)
Download the Understanding Future Training, Skills and Employment Needs report (PDF 1.9 MB)

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Port of Hastings Report and Communications Strategy

The Victorian Government has committed to developing the Port of Hastings as Victoria’s second container port. The primary drivers for this important infrastructure development are the predicted future growth in containers, the limit on Port of Melbourne container capacity and the increasing size of container ships expected to call at Victoria in the future.

The report highlights the potential benefits that expansion of the Port of Hastings will have on the Victorian, south east Melbourne and Gippsland regional economies.

PARTNERS: MELBOURNE SOUTH EAST, SOUTHERN MELBOURNE RDA, GIPPSLAND RDA

Download the Port of Hastings Economic Impact Analysis (PDF 1.9 MB)
Download the Port of Hastings Economic Impact Analysis summary document (PDF 706.4 KB)

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Regional High Speed Broadband Mapping

This project will investigate the outdated telecommunications infrastructure in parts of the region that have significant industry clusters such as Braeside, Dandenong South, Highett and Carrum Downs. It will develop a case to support fibre to the premises for these businesses and for their connection to high speed broadband as a matter of priority. It will also:

  • develop a digital map of the region to identify where the priority areas of need are
  • investigate what is required to upgrade outdated telecommunications networks that inhibit connectivity
  • develop a digital strategy with a focus on building digital capability in the region to harness the opportunity presented in the digital economy.

PARTNERS: SOUTHERN MELBOURNE RDA, LOCAL GOVERNMENT AUTHORITIES

Download the High speed broadband summary report (PDF 502.5 KB)

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Future of Manufacturing Stage 1

This project is being completed in four stages. It aims to grow business capability and embed a shared vision for manufacturing in the region. Stage 1 activities included promoting Southern Melbourne RDA’s Future of Manufacturing strategy to key stakeholders, identifying and briefing firms to take part in activities and identifying funding sources to support those activities. The key deliverable was a detailed roadmap that will build industry capability in areas like supply chains, connections with global best practice, and leadership and management skills. This was achieved and the project has now moved to Stage 2.

PARTNERS: SOUTH EAST BUSINESS NETWORKS, SOUTH EAST MELBOURNE MANUFACTURERS’ ALLIANCE, SOUTHERN MELBOURNE RDA

Download the Future of Manufacturing in South East Melbourne summary document (PDF 564.2 KB)
Download the Future of Manufacturing in South East Melbourne report (PDF 2.4 MB)
Download the Future of Manufacturing Stage 1 report (PDF 184.0 KB)

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NBN Project

This project reviewed the status of high speed broadband rollout across the region, assessing the benefits for various industry sectors and identifying opportunities for connection to established networks. It documented implementation, reported on readiness, identified specific issues, developed a list of preparatory activities, and identified opportunities for connection with established high speed broadband networks to provide the service until rollout.

The key deliverable was a full assessment report of high speed broadband readiness in the 10 LGAs to gain understanding of what is required to facilitate and support NBN rollout for each LGA, business precincts, key industry sectors and the region as a whole.

PARTNERS: A SOUTHERN MELBOURNE RDA PROJECT

Download the Assessment of NBN Readiness report summary (PDF 314.6 KB)
Download the Assessment of NBN Readiness report (PDF 6.6 MB)

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Port of Hastings – Economic Impact Analysis

The analysis was undertaken to understand what the economic impacts of a container port at Hastings are, particularly the benefits that will flow inwards in the context of the metropolitan area and the state. Little information is available that provides analysis from a regional perspective. The Port of Hastings Development Authority is preparing its own business case, which will have a metropolitan and state focus rather than a regional focus, and which has a longer completion timeline than the RDA work. Neither has any analysis been undertaken to examine the potential negative effects of a container port not being established at Hastings, and the flow through effects to the southern Melbourne economy if this were to happen. The final report will be available in December 2013.

PARTNERS: MELBOURNE’S SOUTH EAST, SOUTHERN MELBOURNE & GIPPSLAND RDAs

Download the Port of Hastings Economic Study (PDF 1.9 MB)

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South East Airport Study

In partnership with the municipalities of Casey, Cardinia, Greater Dandenong and Mornington Peninsula, Southern Melbourne RDA undertook a study to assess the potential for a new domestic airport in the south east of Melbourne. The Transport, Freight and Ports studies had identified the need for an airport in the south east and the Metropolitan Planning Strategy discussion paper, plus the willing collaboration of the four councils, provided the ideal vehicle for this analysis to be undertaken. This study formed part of Southern Melbourne RDA’s submission to the Melbourne Metropolitan Planning Strategy.

PARTNERS: CITIES OF CASEY, CARDINIA, GREATER DANDENONG, MORNINGTON PENINSULA SHIRE, SOUTHERN MELBOURNE RDA

Download the South East Airport Study (PDF 2.7 MB)

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Digital Technology Project

This project was developed to help businesses of all sizes across the region to maximise the opportunities offered by digital technology. After completing a digital technology usage survey, each participant received an individual report benchmarking their usage against their industry and identifying gaps and opportunities. Stage 2 of the project will involve up to 50 targeted workshops across the Melbourne metro area, bringing digital technology service providers together with businesses. These workshops will explain to businesses how they can overcome digital technology gaps and take up opportunities that will increase productivity and competitiveness.

PARTNERS: SOUTHERN, WESTERN, NORTHERN AND EAST MELBOURNE RDAS, LOCAL GOVERNMENT AUTHORITIES

Download Digital Technologies Project – Melbourne metro (PDF 2.3 MB)
Download Digital Technologies Project Summary – southern Melbourne (PDF 17.1 KB)

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PenSTEP

This project worked with local employment placement groups such as Job Services agencies and group training companies on filling skills shortages, skills gaps, vacant and hard to fill positions. Outcomes were excellent, with 36 jobseekers placed with local employers, additional employers accessing apprenticeship programs, more employers accessing Skills Connect programs (especially in RPL for soon-to-be retrenched workers), and information gathered to provide the Australian and Victorian Governments with a clear indication of where the hard to fill positions and skills are. Work showed that the industry areas most likely to experience this situation are hospitality and areas that are seasonal.

PARTNERS: SOUTHERN MELBOURNE RDA, MORNINGTON PENINSULA SHIRE, DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION AND EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT (HIGHER EDUCATION AND SKILLS UNIT)

Download the PenSTEP report (PDF 999.6 KB)

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Regional Food Plan

While quantifying the economic importance of food production, processing and distribution to the region, this project also looked at factors that affect the growth of this sector. Issues under consideration included review of green wedges and land use planning, and the impact of population growth, climate change, environmental sustainability and food security. The key deliverable was a strategic document that describes the region’s advantages, articulates the economic benefits and recommends strategies for new investment and growth in the food production industry over the next 10 years.

PARTNERS: MORNINGTON PENINSULA SHIRE COUNCIL, CITY OF CASEY, CARDINIA SHIRE COUNCIL, SOUTHERN MELBOURNE RDA

Download the AgriFood Master Plan Summary (PDF 352.3 KB)
Download the AgriFood Master Plan Vol 1 (PDF 9.3 MB)
Download the AgriFood Master Plan Vol 2 (PDF 2.3 MB)

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Transport, Freight and Ports

This major project was undertaken in two stages. The first stage brought together reports, studies and information on government policy relating to transport, freight and logistics, allowing Southern Melbourne RDA to better understand the current environment with respect to transport, freight and logistics in the region. The resulting report articulates what is currently being done in the region, what is planned and the stakeholders involved. It identifies the pertinent issues and any gaps, and makes recommendations on a Stage 2 analysis. The Stage 2 study involves further research and/or investigation as recommended by the Stage 1 report. The outcome of the Stage 2 report provides a strategic framework and vision for the direction of transport, logistics and freight in the region.

PARTNERS: A SOUTHERN MELBOURNE RDA PROJECT

Download a summary of the Southern Melbourne Transport, Freight and Ports – Stage 1 report (PDF 566.8 KB)
Download a summary of the Southern Melbourne Transport, Freight and Ports – Stage 2 report (PDF 353.7 KB)
Download the Transport, Freight and Ports – Stage 1 report (PDF 4.4 MB)
Download the Transport, Freight and Ports – Stage 2 report (PDF 1.7 MB)

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Attracting Employment Investment to Casey and Cardinia

This project profiles current and future population and business/employment trends in the municipalities and reports on the implications of these trends. It provides advice on new investment, business retention and employment creation options, and recommends strategies to lobby government effectively. The key outcome was an evidence-based business case for presentation to industry and government.

PARTNERS: CITY OF CASEY, CARDINIA SHIRE COUNCIL, SOUTHERN MELBOURNE RDA

Download the Attracting Employment Investment to Casey and Cardinia report:
Background summary (PDF 613.1 KB)
Background (PDF 2.4 MB) 
Impact Assessment summary (PDF 502.6 KB) 
Impact Assessment (PDF 2.1 MB) 
Investment Attraction Framework summary (PDF 422.5 KB) 
Investment Attraction Framework (PDF 1.5 MB) 
Policy and Infrastructure summary (PDF 410.7 KB) 
Policy and Infrastructure (PDF 1.3 MB) 
All reports summary (PDF 615.5 KB) 
All reports (PDF 1.0 MB) 

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Last Updated: 15 April 2016