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Melbourne’s south-eastern region

Melbourne’s south-east region is a thriving and diverse economic powerhouse. It offers job opportunities across a variety of in-demand industries. Beaches and wineries drive a large tourism and hospitality sector.  

The manufacturing industry is a large employer across the region, with almost half of Melbourne’s manufacturing jobs located here. The government is also investing in significant infrastructure projects to support a growing population. These projects need more apprentices and workers.  

There are many job opportunities across the south-east region. There is a range of TAFE and training locations available to improve your skills and open up your career options. 

Training and careers in Melbourne’s south-east region

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Quick facts about Melbourne‘s south-eastern region

Population: 2,572,762^

Total new workers needed by 2026: 

  • Inner south-east region: 24,333*
  • Southern metropolitan region: 46,001*
  • Eastern metropolitan region: 44,511*

Known for:

  • Culturally diverse restaurants and communities 
  • Bayside beaches and the Mornington Peninsula
  • Dandenong ranges
  • Phillip Island
  • Major manufacturing precincts.  

Key industries:

Local government areas:

Eastern suburbs:

Southern suburbs: 

Official region names: 

  • Inner south east metropolitan region
  • Southern metropolitan region 
  • Eastern metropolitan region.

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^ Sourced from Victoria in Future – VIF2023 Data Explorer(opens in a new window) 
2021 combined data for: 

  • Inner south east metropolitan region (528,945) 
  • Southern metropolitan region (1,120,049)
  • Eastern metropolitan region (923,768).

* Sourced from Victorian Skills Authority Employment Forecast Dashboard