Economy  |  Facilitated Development Process  |  Opportunities in the region  |  Grow your business through tendering  |  Industry Groups 



Broad growth across a range of sectors on the back of strong population growth typifies the Casey Cardinia region’s economic track record over the last 5 years.
The Region's economy totalled $6.8 billion in Gross Regional Product[1] (GRP) in 2011. The key sectors of the Region's economy focus on supporting intense population growth as can be seen through the strong representation of construction, retail trade, education/ training and health care/ social assistance operators in the area. Manufacture of machinery, food/ beverage products and other advanced goods also feature prominently (forming 9.0% of economic activity and 9.1% of local employment). 
The Casey Cardinia region has numerous competitive advantages that provide a compelling case for any business. For more detailed information about the region's economic profile, view the pdfCasey Cardinia Region's Economic Profile621.94 KB, the Economy ID Profile of the Casey Cardinia region or the REMPLAN Economy Profile of the Casey Cardinia region.
In addition, find out more about the City of Casey at Economy ID Profile of the City of Casey or Cardinia Shire Council at Economy ID Profile of Cardinia Shire
Further, more information about the Business environment can be found in the results summary of the pdf2014 Casey Cardinia Business Survey675.92 KB  jointly conducted by the City of Casey, Cardinia Shire Council and the Department of State Development and Business Innovation (DSDBI)


Facilitated Development Program 

The Casey Cardinia region offers a Facilitated Development Program to prioritise commercial and industrial developments that support the delivery of local jobs through business expansion or new investment. Planning applications must demonstrate the development will improve the viability of existing businesses or create new employment opportunities within the region to be considered for the program.
What this means for you:
  • One point of contact throughout the application process
  • Pre application meeting prior to lodgement to identify:
    • The quality and level of documentation required by Council
    • Any areas of concern prior to lodgement
  • Established timeframes
  • Cost savings
Planning applications lodged through the Facilitated Development Program will need to demonstrate significant job creation in the Casey Cardinia region to be considered for the program.


City of Casey
If your proposed development is within the City of Casey, click here for more details of City of Casey's Faciliated Development Program


Cardinia Shire Council
If your proposed development is within the Shire of Cardinia, please contact Andrew Pomeroy, Coordinator Strategic and Economic Development on 0429 570 776 to find out more details of the program. 

 Opportunities in the region 

The region is particularly well-suited to the below industries: 
  • Food and Beverage
With raw ingredients on your doorstep and an established industry base, the Casey Cardinia region is the perfect place to build or grow your food and/or beverage business. 
Find out more information about food and manufacturing in the Casey Cardinia region
  • Advanced Manufacturing
With the local manufacturing sector currently accounting for more than $700 million in exports, the region is already a prominent source of exports for the state of Victoria.
Find out more information about advanced manufacturing in the Casey Cardinia region.   
  • Logistics
The region's easy access to Melbourne's key arterial routes and abundance of cost-effective industrial land ensure it is a fantastic option for established and growing logistics companies in Melbourne's south east. 
Find out more information about logistics in the Casey Cardinia region
  • Professional Services  
The region is Australia's third fastest growing local government area and the population is set to almost double by 2036; ensuring an ever growing need for professional services.
Find out more information about Professional Services in the Casey Cardinia region


Grow your business through tenders 

Both the City of Casey and Cardinia Shire Council regularly call for public tenders for a wide range of goods, works and services to effectively serve the diverse needs of their communities. If you want your business to be a part of the growth, stay up to date with open tenders and streamline the application process by registering with each Council’s online tendering portal to receive regular updates.
Find out more information and register to view City of Casey Tenders and Cardinia Shire Council Tenders
Do you want to be alerted to tenders suited to your business?
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Industry Groups  

South East Melbourne Manufacturing Alliance (SEMMA) 
SEMMA is a peak industry group representing more than 200 leading manufacturers based in South East Melbourne; where almost half of Victoria’s manufactured products are created. 
SEMMA provides its members with a strong, clear voice which is able to participate in the ongoing regional and national debate regarding the critical need for an innovative and sustainable manufacturing community. It is consistently approached by both State and Federal politics for its opinion on issues affecting manufacturing.
The industry group also provides an important networking focus for manufacturing companies of all sizes, helping to forge inter-business links locally, nationally and around the world. SEMMA also provides strong leadership for regional projects and leads some of the most important programs attempted in the area. Projects such as the "Future of Manufacturing".
By lobbying Government, promoting members’ capability and potential, and negotiating better deals on behalf of its members, SEMMA plays a critical role in ensuring manufacturing in Melbourne’s South East remains vibrant and sustainable in the 21st Century.
Find out more about SEMMA and how you can become a member at their website.