About the Partnership

The Southern Metropolitan Partnership is an advisory group established by the Victorian Government. The Partnership is a way for local communities to engage directly with state and local governments and advise the Victorian Government of the top priorities for jobs, services and infrastructure across the region. This advice will be become part of the government’s key decision-making processes.

Have your say

The Southern Metropolitan Partnership is seeking your feedback to help shape Melbourne’s south for the future.

If you live or work in the Southern Metropolitan Partnership region, we want to hear from you!

Tell us more about your priorities

In 2018, the top priorities for the Southern region were:

  • Transport
  • Jobs and skills
  • Social inclusion.

In 2019, we are taking a deeper dive into these priority areas to better understand the needs of community members and groups.

We will use your views to shape decisions

Your insights will be used by the partnership to develop an advice paper for the Victorian Government to assist in key decision-making processes in 2019-20.

What does a well-connected community look like?

Community is all about connection. Please write a short sentence about what a 'well-connected community' means to you. Does this mean easy access to public transport? Knowing your neighbours? Having regular meetings with friends? Having access to local shops? Knowing your shopkeepers by name? Access to meaningful work? The list is endless, but we want to hear your personal perspective.

23 October, 2019

cameron_mcadam says:

“A well-connected community is organisations working collaboratively across community, reaching out, sharing resources and ideas. ”

18 October, 2019

Somervillecommunityhouse says:

“ Actively encourages community connections to group activities, sporting facilities and healthy food choices to improve health & wellbeing.”

15 October, 2019

CockatooTownship says:

“A well-connected community actively supports it's residents with health, employment, transport, education, sport, volunteering, recreation.”

14 October, 2019

youngl says:

“A well-connected community actively works to include all and seeks to overcome barriers to inclusion eg transport/interpreting/services. ”

14 October, 2019

youngl says:

“A well-connected community actively works to include all and seeks to overcome barriers to inclusion eg transport/interpreting/services. ”

3 October, 2019

craig_beckman says:

“A well connected community has plenty of open space for recreation, walking, bike tracks, ample public transport and road infrastructure.”

25 September, 2019

Dave_3192 says:

“Easy walking, bicycle riding and public transport access, as well as good access for cars and trucks. High density housing around transport”

24 September, 2019

aileen_thoms says:

“A community that lives in harmony with each other and the environment. Environments that enable active living and saying g'day to others. ”

23 September, 2019

lwickham says:

“Access to local healthy nutritious foods and communities that support physical activity connect people and support positive mental health. ”

21 September, 2019

GeeBee says:

“A well-connected community entices people from their lounge rooms to activity centres which are safe, attractive, accessible and viable.”

16 September, 2019

Skyemum says:

“Absolutely easy access to Public Transport , support for families and open green spaces with amazing facilities. ”

7 September, 2019

MMSSecretary says:

“A well-connected community requires strong cross linkages across all aspects of the community: transport, business, tourism, the aged, young”

Shaping Southern Partnership 2019 advice

Tell us your local perspective so that we can better understand what your local community needs from government.

It can be challenging to be a young person looking for a job. Tell us what your local perspective is on youth employment. Are there local employment opportunities? Do they need to travel for employment? Do they need further assistance in finding a job?

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We want to know what programs and employment services are working for young people.

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Social isolation can happen to anyone, at any stage of their life. From your perspective, how can be better connect with socially isolated people in your local community?

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Reflect on your own situation, along with your family, friends and neighbours. What have you seen that reduces loneliness in your community?

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Reflect on the transport (public and private) of your local community. Tell us your thoughts on how these can be improved to better connect you to jobs, education and services?

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Previous engagement

Below is a video showcasing the 2018 Assembly in action.