Regional Development VictoriaRDA Southern Melbourne

State Government of Victoria


Regional priorities


The RDA will address the five priorities in the 2013–2016 Regional Plan by pursuing a range of high-level, strategic ‘game-changing’ objectives:

Priority 1: Changing the shape of the region (a polycentric approach)

  • Accelerate the development of Dandenong and Frankston, which will:
    • provide additional affordable housing
    • reduce journey-to-work traffic congestion, improving productivity and competitiveness
    • bring jobs closer to residents’ homes
    • provide better access to higher order services for outer area residents
    • contribute to social inclusion
  • Develop employment and business nodes in the outer eastern areas, which will:
    • provide much needed jobs for outer area residents
    • reduce journey-to work-travel and traffic congestion
    • benefit the environment by reducing emissions

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Priority 2: Improving connectivity (transport, freight, ports and high speed broadband)

  • Improve rail freight infrastructure, including standard gauge rail links from the interstate network to the Port of Hastings and to a new intermodal freight terminal in the Dandenong area, which will:
    • reduce heavy vehicle traffic and congestion in the inner and middle areas of the region
    • reduce heavy vehicle traffic on congested freeways and arterials
    • improve productivity and competitiveness of industry, particularly in the outer parts of the region
    • stimulate the attraction of new industries and jobs
    • underpin development of the Port of Hastings
  • Develop the Port of Hastings, which will:
    • provide additional new jobs for residents
    • be a catalyst for new industries to boost the regional economy
    • reduce pressure on the Port of Melbourne
  • Deliver improved public transport infrastructure and services including rail and bus services, which will:
    • better connect Dandenong and Frankston and with each other and with other employment and activity centres
    • provide outer area residents with better access to jobs and reduce reliance on vehicles
    • reduce traffic congestion and gridlock
  • Deliver high speed broadband to priority industry areas and businesses, which will:
    • increase business opportunities outside the CBD
    • develop new products and business model
    • create more local jobs
    • improve the competitiveness of the region in a global market

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Priority 3: Increasing skills (access to education, training and employment)

  • Lift participation in training, education, skill development and school retention rates, especially for those less advantaged in the region’s middle and outer clusters, which will:
    • equip residents for new jobs in a changing economy
    • help prevent entrenched intergenerational disadvantage
    • reduce vulnerability to economic shocks
    • build more inclusive and functional communities
    • bridge the skills divide between residents and business
    • improve the attractiveness of the region to investors

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Priority 4: Growing key industry sectors (manufacturing, agriculture, tourism)

  • Support the manufacturing sector and other key sectors to adapt, improve, embrace technology and compete internationally, which will:
    • ensure the prosperity of the region’s largest industry sector and the retention and expansion of jobs
    • support the region’s economic competitiveness
  • Preserve agricultural land and support agribusiness in the peri urban areas, which will:
    • support local business and employment
    • ensure food security
    • future proof agricultural production
    • maintain environmental values and biodiversity
    • enhance tourism and recreation
  • Support tourism to grow sustainability in the south east of the region, which will:
    • attract increased tourism to the region
    • assist tourism businesses to source skilled labour
    • provide local employment opportunities

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Priority 5: Building an inclusive community (addressing disadvantage)

  • Improve factors that affect social disadvantage in high SEIFA index areas, which will:
    • create more inclusive and healthy communities
    • provide a higher aspirational culture for young people
    • provide pathways into study, training and employment

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Last Updated: 15 April 2016