Help shape the future of the South

Those of you who live and work in the Southern Region know the opportunities and challenges facing your community better than anyone. By sharing the issues and priorities important to you, you can help shape the future of your region.

The purpose of this page is to let you know what the Southern Metropolitan Partnership is up to in their annual cycle of work, and inform you of the next steps and how you can get involved.


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.

The government has asked the Partnership to provide independent advice on key priorities to deliver better outcomes for the community. This advice will be become part of the government’s key decision-making processes.

The 2017 Southern Assembly

In August 2017, an assembly was held by the Southern Metropolitan Partnership, bringing together community members, business, councillors, and mayors to help determine the key priorities for the Southern Metropolitan Region. The outcomes of the Assembly have been used by the Metropolitan Partnership to inform advice to government on priorities for Melbourne's Southern Region.

Watch the video to see the 2017 Assembly in action

The 2017 Assembly highlighted the following community priorities for the South:

  • Job creation in the South-east to reduce the need to commute to the city.
  • Better information sharing and leveraging of community resources to ensure a greater awareness of existing programs.
  • The need to create more connections between education and industry to support young people transitioning to jobs.
  • The need for infrastructure improvements to keep up with population growth to enable equitable access to education, employment and services in the South.
  • Protecting the natural environment.
  • Greater social inclusion for all ages and people with a disability.
  • A focus on community safety

Read more about the priorities and actions identified on the evening in the summary report here (pdf download 5MB)

Can’t open the file? You can download pdf reader here

Southern Metropolitan Partnership Chair, Elizabeth Deveny:Elizabeth Deveny bio

"Metropolitan Partnerships give our communities an unprecedented opportunity to say what matters to them – and make sure that government hears this loud and clear.

It’s a privilege to be working with Partnership Members and community alike to shine a light on our key challenges and opportunities. We’ll need your help to find the best way forward so please join our online conversation and register to attend our Assembly to help us work towards a stronger and healthier region."

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