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Manufacturing in Melbourne's West

Structural change is an ongoing feature of the Australian economy and one of the most obvious changes has been the growth of the services sector, which has accounted for a steadily increasing share of both output and employment. Conversely, the share of manufacturing and agriculture has steadily declined.

At present the base of our region’s economy remains in the manufacturing sector and continues to provide the biggest employment contribution in Melbourne’s west. An important challenge for Melbourne’s west is to build on these existing skills and locational advantages by developing a leading-edge manufacturing and engineering sector.

Manufacturing is the sector that contains and advances the skills and capabilities that prescribe membership in the ranks of the advanced economies of the world. For research and innovation, manufacturing provides the essential ground from which future streams of products and incomes can emerge.

Whatever the form of the future economy of Melbourne’s west, manufacturing will provide the enabling foundation for it.

Nevertheless, to successfully navigate structural change in the economy, Melbourne’s west must diversify its economy. Our region needs to significantly expand on its traditional industry base and do so beyond the growth in transport and logistics that has occurred as manufacturers have become importers and wholesalers.

The economy of Melbourne’s west began a transformation during the last century. From a region of predominately depressed post-industrial businesses, Melbourne’s west began to become a more balanced, knowledge-based economy.

However, achievement of a higher share of knowledge based industries has been somewhat stymied by limited public investment in high quality infrastructure services in the region. Consequently, it has become over-reliant on the inner Melbourne job market for opportunities in the growing services sector.

Our region needs to develop the full range of employment opportunities that are available to residents in the other urban regions of Melbourne.

To learn more about the targets, priority actions and responsibilities for enhancing the Productive Economy in Melbourne’s west, please download a copy of the Western Agenda (links below).

If you would like to discuss Productive Econony issues with LeadWest, please contact us.

Date Name File Size
Feb 18, 2013 Western Agenda 2012-2016 Part 1 5.39 MB
Feb 18, 2013 Western Agenda 2012-2016 Part 2 8.14 MB