Metropolitan Partnerships

The Metropolitan Partnerships was a 7 year program that brought together leaders from local government, business and the community.  The Partnerships identified and progressed issues that matter in the outer and growing suburbs of Melbourne. Their collective advice provided the government with rich insights that have informed the delivery of projects, programs and services to better meet the specific needs of their communities.

Through the Metropolitan Partnerships Development Fund, we delivered 65 innovative place-based projects. The evidence and insights we gathered will continue to inform government decision-making and our evidence base will remain available on each of the partnership pages below.

The Partnerships acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the lands the Partnerships were based on, the Wurundjeri, Wathaurong and Bunurong peoples of the Kulin nation, and pay respects to Elders past and present.

The Metropolitan Partnerships committed to Treaty, Self Determination and Truth Telling. Each Metropolitan Partnership had an Aboriginal leader representing each region. These Aboriginal members also worked as a group and guided metropolitan-wide projects to benefit Aboriginal communities across Melbourne.

The Partnerships have engaged with over 17,500 Melburnians to provide a voice directly from the suburbs to the government.

Since its inception in 2017, the Metropolitan Partnerships influenced government policy and government investment in community priorities including:

  • mental health
  • transport
  • social housing
  • skills and training
  • open spaces and environment

This includes investments such as Victoria’s Big Housing Build and the city-shaping Suburban Rail Loop. The Metropolitan Partnerships also helped shape the government’s investments in transforming how mental health and wellbeing support services are offered in Victoria.

Page last updated: 03/07/24