South East Melbourne Manufacturers Alliance (SEMMA)
Monash Council has recently become a member of the non-profit organisation South East Melbourne Manufacturers Alliance (SEMMA).
The member-based organisation is a peak industry group representing more than 200 leading manufacturers based in South East Melbourne.
SEMMA provides its members with the following benefits:
- Regular communications, information and growth programs
- Networking and collaboration opportunities between industry, government agencies, educators and research institutions; and
- Advocacy 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 decision-makers for feedback on issues affecting manufacturing.
Manufacturing is the largest employer in Monash generating 13,838 FTE jobs in 2015/16. With almost 800 businesses operating in Monash, manufacturing has the largest output (gross sales) by industry, generating $4.2 billion and exports of $2.8 billion.
Manufacturing in Monash is recognised for its engaged, innovative and forward thinking leaders. Six business leaders are members of the Advanced Manufacturing Advisory Council (AMAC), established by the Victorian Government in October 2016 to provide advice on how to boost the sector and oversee the development of an advanced manufacturing statement.
South East Melbourne (SEM)
The South East Melbourne region is one of the fastest growing regions in Australia’s fastest growing city.
South East Melbourne stretches from the northern borders of the City of Monash, to Fort Nepean on the tip of the Mornington Peninsula, to the edge of Gippsland in Cardinia Shire.
The South East Melbourne organisation, also known as SEM, is a group of seven councils as well as businesses and community leaders. The City of Monash is an active member of the group.
SEM advocates for jobs, infrastructure, investment, liveability, sustainability and wellbeing for the southeast and everyone who works and lives in the region.
South East Melbourne Innovation Partnership (SEMIP)
SEMIP comprises the local government areas of Greater Dandenong, Kingston, Knox and Monash, working in partnership with major research facilities and services, including The Australian Synchrotron (ANSTO), the main campus of Australia’s largest university (Monash University) and the Australian Government’s premier research organisation, CSIRO. The region is also home to the Melbourne Centre for Nanotechnology (MCN), and the Clayton Health and Education Research Precinct.
This region is profiled as comprising almost 40% of Victoria’s manufacturing activities and over 56,000 registered businesses. Industry sectors encompass advanced manufacturing, scientific and engineering services, medical and pharmaceutical technologies, and other significant business services. The region is on the high end and growth sectors, such as chemicals, polymers, machinery and equipment, applications in transport, health, construction and the environment.
The SEMIP group works together to ensure collaborative opportunities are maximised, for improved outcomes for local businesses and the regional economy.
Australia China Business Council (ACBC)
Monash Council has recently become a member of the Australian China Business Council (ACBC), a not-for-profit, non-government business organisation.
The member-based organisation is the premier business organisation dedicated to promoting business and trade between Australia and the People’s Republic of China. More than 1500 representatives from over 900 Australian companies are members of the organisation through its national office and eight branches. The Victorian chapter alone has over 300 company members and more than 3,500 friends and associates providing regular business focused activities and over 50 events annually.
Monash is a culturally diverse area with more than 45% of its residents coming from overseas and more than 142 languages spoken. The Chinese community is significant in Monash with Chinese the third largest ancestry in the municipality. Three times as many residents in Monash identify with a Chinese cultural association and ethnic background than those living in Greater Melbourne.
According to the Victorian Government agency Trade Victoria, China is Victoria's strongest market for export growth with its population and growing middle-class seeking quality goods, services, ideas and knowledge. Opportunities therefore exist for Monash businesses to strengthen their networks and improve export opportunities with China.
The ACBC provides the following benefits to its member organisations:
- Online access to information and resources
- Regular communications, information programs and opportunities for the Australian business community to network on China business activities with their peers
- Regular information sessions; and
- Networking opportunities.