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About our Partnership

The Inner South-east Metropolitan Partnership was established by the Victorian Government as a way for local communities to engage directly with state and local governments and advise the Victorian Government of the top priorities across the region.

2020 engagement

The 2020 engagement program has now closed. Thanks to all who participated, and to our guest presenters who spoke at our Panel event.

This year, we focused on your experience of living more locally, as well as:

  • Checking in on what we've achieved so far, and seeing if the outcomes statements prepared for the Inner South-east are currently relevant for you and your communities.
  • Understanding the current impacts of coronavirus (COVID-19) on community participation and being able to achieve these outcomes.
  • Shaping a Regional Framework by learning about the great initiatives you've come across in your local area.

What have we achieved so far?

The 2017 and 2018 community assemblies prioritised open space for the region to deliver accessible and high-quality open space for inclusive, vibrant and healthy neighbourhoods. The Victorian Government committed $154 million for 6,500 hectares of parkland including walking and cycling tracks.

In 2019, we hosted the Making Connections forum to combat social isolation and loneliness. Your contributions assisted us to present recommendations to government on how to better connect our communities. This led to the Let's Stay Connected fund that supports local communities during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Our work to date has been grouped into five Priority Outcome Areas.

Outcome 1: Social isolation

With your help, we developed ‘Asset and Journey’ maps to capture our communities experience with social isolation and loneliness. Using this information, we engaged the community in August 2019 and co-developed the following priorities in response to the issue:

  • Greater cross service collaboration
  • Building community norms
  • Improving accessibility to clubs, services
  • Active volunteering
  • Celebrating gratitude

The government recently launched the Let’s Stay Connected fund which drew inspiration from the Partnership’s work.

Outcome 2: Economy & jobs

For the first time we gathered local businesses, developers, real estate agents and co-working space operators for a roundtable discussion. By drawing on the knowledge of our local stakeholders we developed a strategy for vibrant local economies in the Inner South-east Region that supports both local economies and opportunities for people to work close to home. With their help, we asked government to address office-space shortfalls in the region through:

  • Planning policy (incentives)
  • Infrastructure and access
  • Speed of office space delivery to meet the growth needs of small and medium businesses and start-ups
  • Reducing red tape and better support for businesses
  • Creating local business communities to connect with each other.

Outcome 3: Transport

We worked with Boroondara, Glen Eira, Stonnington and Bayside councils, as well as the Department of Transport to identify improvements for connectivity of all transport modes to cover sustainable, low-cost travel across the region, including north-south coverage, and reducing car dependency currently leading to associated health, environmental and economic problems.

From our research there is an opportunity to improve the performance of key transport interchanges to achieve a smart, integrated, safe and efficient transport network for the region. This will enable people to move freely to where they need to be, while improving environmental outcomes, job access, social connectedness, and better meeting the needs of a densely populated region.

Outcome 4: Environment

Following the East Gippsland Fires (2020) and declaration of Climate Emergency across many Greater Melbourne councils, we connected the Victorian government with Boroondara, Glen Eira, Stonnington and Bayside Councils to review the sustainability policies and strategies to identify opportunities for the Inner South-east region to collaborate with the State.

We found strong alignment between the sustainability policies of the Councils and the State. The opportunities identified are for better coordination and implementation to achieve shared objectives.

Outcome 5: Affordable housing

The Partnership worked on a study that involved Boroondara, Glen Eira, Stonnington and Bayside councils, as well as local service providers to identify mechanisms to address the need for affordable key worker housing in the region over the next 20 years. A Toolkit was also developed to help improve affordable accommodation options for key workers.


In 2017 the Victorian Government established six Metropolitan Partnerships to better understand and respond to the needs of Melbourne’s communities. The Metropolitan Partnerships work with communities, stakeholders and local government to develop advice for the Victorian Government on the top priorities for each region. The six Partnerships include Inner Metro, Inner South-east, Western, Northern, Eastern and Southern. Each Partnership is made up of volunteer members from across the region with a mix of backgrounds, experience and networks, the CEOs of each local council, and a Deputy Secretary from the state government.