Invest in Hume

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Why Hume City?

With the best logistics infrastructure in Melbourne, a thriving business environment, large workforce and great lifestyle options, Hume City is the place for your business to grow and prosper.

  • Home to Melbourne’s 24/7 curfew free international airport - allowing goods and containers to move efficiently across Australian and international markets.
  • Access to major arterials for Victoria and the eastern seaboard.
  • 18km from Broadmeadows to Melbourne’s CBD and Port of Melbourne.
  • Gross Regional Product of $14.08b, the highest in Northern and Western Greater Melbourne.
  • Affordable opportunities to prelease or purchase commercial and industrial assets with lot sizes ranging from 1-30ha.
  • Predicted population by 2041 – 372,600.
  • 77% (15+ years) of the population is of working age.
  • Local access to vocational & higher education.
  • Access to State, Federal and Council incentives for certain industries.

 

Key Industries in Hume

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Hume is home to major industry clusters that offer investment, innovation and employment.

Manufacturing

Hume City has traditionally been a strong manufacturing hub and is the largest employer, generating 23,915 jobs in 2018/2019. 

Hume had a particularly strong automotive manufacturing industry led by Ford Motor Company along with associated automotive component manufacturers. The closure of Ford in 2015 signalled a new era where leaner, more advanced manufacturers servicing niche and specialist markets are now emerging.

Transport, Postal and Warehousing

The transport and logistics sector is the second largest industry sector in Hume City, employing over 20 per cent of Hume City's labour force.

The sector is showing considerable growth locally with over 5,000 additional jobs created over the last ten years and huge growth expected as more large companies make the choice to locate and expand in Hume City to take advantage of the world class logistics assets on offer.

Construction

Hume has traditionally had a strong construction base and with continued housing development growth, particularly in the Mickleham, Kalkallo and Sunbury urban growth areas, this is expected to remain strong. Over 15,676 people are employed in the construction industry.

Food Manufacturing

The Food and Beverages manufacturing sector is showing signs of explosive growth with more investment expected to follow.

Melbourne’s North Food Group provides industry support for food manufacturers in the five northern council areas, with a strong focus on support to enter export markets.

Melbourne’s North is home to a major Food and Beverage manufacturing cluster with over 400 manufacturers.

Visitor Economy (Tourism)

The visitor economy (or tourism) is Hume City’s fourth largest economic driver and continues to show growth in both employment and output, contributing to Hume’s economic prosperity. This highlights the important role Council plays in supporting local tourism, facilitating new investment in tourism and enhancing the liveability of the area.

Hume’s competitive advantages for the visitor economy include its close proximity to Melbourne Airport and the Melbourne CBD, as well as its position as a regional and metropolitan destination attracting overnight stays and day trips.

Significant new tourism investments in Hume include:

Hume City Economic Profile

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The Hume City Economic Profile provides:

  • Data showcasing the local economy
  • A base to develop economic strategies
  • Resources that can be included in analysis and reports to help businesses when making the decision to relocate to or expand in Hume City.

This tool uses the latest available data and statistics and presents them in a user friendly format that can be filtered to specific industries, compared with benchmarks, and used to identify trends over time. All results can be easily downloaded or shared across social media platforms.

As new statistical data becomes available the Hume City Economic Profile will be updated to reflect changes.

View the Hume Economic Profile here

Investment Prospectus

Please provide some details about yourself to download the Hume City Council Investment Prospectus.

Click here to view form.

How can we help you?

The Economic Development team is here to support your business and can connect you to opportunities that will support your vision for success. We offer the following services to new and existing businesses in Hume.

  • A financial incentive – available to new businesses relocating or setting up in Hume (subject to Council approval).
  • Facilitate the planning process through a guided pre-application meeting with the Planning Department (subject to required planning approval).
  • A dedicated senior town planner for major projects and developments.
  • Labour market facilitation to support the recruitment process with access to the local talent pool.
  • Facilitate relevant connections, including government agencies and commercial real estates.
  • Facilitate the development of new tourism businesses and support the growth and resilience of existing operators.
  • Access to the Business Efficiency Network (BEN) which assists businesses with sustainability initiatives for recycling, resources and energy efficiency.
  • Support business growth and sustainability through coordination of training and networking events and promotion of business opportunities.
  • Facilitate access to the StartNorth coworking space for small to medium businesses.

Contact the Senior Investment Attraction Advisor on (03) 9205 2358  or alternatively email invest@hume.vic.gov.au for a confidential discussion about opportunities in Hume.