Who we are

The Office for Suburban Development drives the suburban policy agenda for the Victorian Government, through our Metropolitan Partnerships and Suburban Revitalisation Programs.

We engage with local stakeholders and communities to identify their needs and aspirations, and deliver projects to improve local community involvement, infrastructure and services.

Our work begins with understanding places and people, and leads to local action.

We collaborate with business and community leaders, service providers, local government and other government departments to:

  • identify what communities need to improve local living
  • develop solutions to meet those needs
  • facilitate on-ground delivery of works and programs, turning solutions into realities.

We invest in projects and programs that renew and transform suburban places, while supporting local job creation. Examples include:

  • better bike and pedestrian links to shops and services
  • landscaping projects to beautify and keep public places cool
  • pop-up parks near shops and cafes
  • upgraded community hubs and facilities
  • youth jobs and skills programs, and
  • community-led events.

Our programs of work

Mother and daughter walking into school. The school entrance is in the background.

Suburban Revitalisation

Focussed on driving economic and social prosperity in Melbourne’s suburbs, the Suburban Revitalisation program includes multiple streams – Suburban Revitalisation Boards, Neighbourhood Activity Centre Renewal Fund and targeted revitalisation investment, including 20-Minute Neighbourhood pilots.

The projects in each Suburban Revitalisation Stream are undertaken in partnership and consultation with local government, businesses, service providers and community.

Read more about the work of the Suburban Revitalisation program

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.

Read more about the work of the Metropolitan Partnerships

Page last updated: 03/07/24