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Whittlesea business profile

Doing business in Whittlesea

The City of Whittlesea is located in the rapidly expanding region of Melbourne's north, and offers businesses the perfect combination of:

  • strategic location
  • high levels of population growth
  • good lifestyle
  • a culturally diverse and multi-lingual labour force
  • quality amenities
  • excellent road transport links

We have an excellent supply of high-quality commercial and industrial land. The extension of Melbourne’s Urban Growth Boundary to include the north-west of the municipality will help generate additional business investment in the area.

Opportunities in the City of Whittlesea

Attracting new jobs for our growing population is critical to improve the prosperity and liveability of our community. This prospectus is designed to assist you to make a well informed decision to support the success of your business and your investment opportunities in the municipality.

For all investment enquiries, contact Sarah Rowe, Team Leader Economic Development, on 9217 2545 or

Advertise your local jobs for free

If you are a local business looking for new staff, advertise your local jobs for free at Jobs in the North.

Economic profile

There are more than 11,000 businesses operating across the City of Whittlesea. Our top 3 industries of employment are:

  • manufacturing
  • retail trade
  • health care and social assistance

In recent years, there has been a shift from automotive manufacturing to engineering and food related manufacturing, as well as significant growth in the retail trade, health care and social assistance industries.

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We are located about 20km from the Central Business District (CBD), Melbourne Airport, the docks and seaport area, and rail freight terminals.

You can easily access the City of Whittlesea from these major transport hubs via the Hume Freeway, Craigieburn Bypass, Northern and Western Ring Roads, CityLink and other major road networks.

Business parks

If you are looking for a new location, there are a number of high quality business parks in the City of Whittlesea, including:

Academic partners

We partner with a number of tertiary institutions that offer a broad range of specialist schools and research centres to meet the needs of local industry

For more information, visit the following websites:

Major developments and projects

Future Transport Network for South Morang

Major road construction and extensions to public transport are planned for South Morang in the coming years to accommodate the increase in traffic volume.

For a map of the proposed upgrades, see Future transport network for South Morang.

Mernda Rail Extension

In 2014, we secured a commitment from the incoming Labor State Government to extend the South Morang railway line to Mernda to improve public transport infrastructure in Melbourne’s north, and support a rapidly growing population.

Construction is expected to begin in 2016 and be completed by 2018.

Find out more about the Mernda Rail Project.

Melbourne Wholesale Fruit, Vegetable and Flower Market

Operating from Cooper Street, Epping the purpose built facility on a 60-hectare site provides the critical link between growers, wholesalers, retailers and the fresh produce supply chain.

The Market is in close proximity to Melbourne's freeways, allowing easier inbound delivery from farm to market and outbound delivery locally, interstate or overseas providing users with significant improvements in logistics, access and occupational health and safety.

For more information visit the Melbourne Market website.

Epping Central - Metropolitan Activity Centre

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