National Employment Clusters

National Employment Clusters will provide a major foundation for sustainable employment and population growth. Employment Clusters are concentrations of businesses and institutions that provide a diversity of employment opportunities, including knowledge jobs.Plan Melbourne has identified six National Employment Clusters with potential for high job numbers in suburban locations.
There are three existing clusters at Parkville, Monash and Dandenong South, as well as three emerging clusters at East Werribee, La Trobe and Sunshine.  For a greater insight into what National Employment Clusters are and the benefits they will bring to greater Melbourne, have a look at the visual presentation below.
 The social and economic benefits of National Employment Clusters. pdf
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Existing National Employment Clusters
Monash Employment Cluster is Melbourne’s largest established employment cluster, with a unique mix of education, research and industry participants. The cluster supports 58,500 jobs and has the largest concentration of employment outside Melbourne’s CBD.
Parkville Employment Cluster is an internationally acclaimed education, research, health, professional and technical industries precinct just a short distance from the central city. The cluster supports 32,700 jobs and is central location provides access to a wide workforce across metropolitan Melbourne.
Dandenong South Employment Cluster employs more than 55,000 people in Melbourne’s south. The cluster has major strengths in manufacturing, health, education, wholesale trade, retail, transport, postal services and warehousing. Dandenong has access to a large workforce from surrounding areas and is home to more than 12,500 businesses.
Emerging National Employment Clusters
East Werribee Employment Cluster is an emerging precinct that will ultimately support 58,000 jobs and 7000 homes on what is currently Melbourne’s largest piece of underused Government owned land. The Minister for Planning approved the East Werribee Employment Precinct Structure Plan in October 2013.
La Trobe Employment Cluster currently supports 25,700 jobs but is identified as an emerging cluster that will provide employment in education, research, health and retail. It has an existing La Trobe University campus, as well as Northland Shopping Centre, Austin Biomedical Centre and opportunities in and around the Heidelberg Activity Centre.
Sunshine Employment Cluster currently supports 13,800 jobs but is identified as an emerging cluster that has the potential to build a critical mass of tertiary education, health-related training, healthcare, retail and professional services opportunities.
Metropolitan Activity Centres

Metropolitan activity centres play a strategically important role for their subregional catchments by providing the community with good access to a range of major retail, community, government, entertainment, cultural and transport services.

As the city grows, metropolitan activity centres will maximise opportunities for all Melburnians to access a broad range of goods and services. These centres are a focus of public transport networks and will continue to attract broad investment in education, health and other services. They will also provide a diverse range of jobs, activities and housing for subregional catchments.

Click here for more information about the Metropolitan Activity Centres identified in Plan Melbourne.

  Essendon Technology Precinct
The MPA, Moonee Valley City Council and Essendon Fields are working in partnership to prepare a framework plan to integrate Essendon Fields and part Airport West to create an employment precinct with the capacity to service 25,000 jobs.
More information is available on the Essendon Technology Precinct page.