Sunshine National Employment and Innovation Cluster

Sunshine was identified as one of six metropolitan National Employment Clusters (NECs) in the State Government’s Plan Melbourne.

The Sunshine NEC is a 20 square kilometre area focused around Sunshine Hospital, extending from the Sunshine Metropolitan Activity Centre to the St Albans Activity Centre.

The Sunshine NEC has strong connections to Melbourne's city centre, Tullamarine Airport, the Port of Melbourne and Melbourne’s booming western suburbs.

The area currently accommodates approximately 15,000 jobs and 15,000 dwellings. The largest employers include: 

  • health care and social assistance (24%);
  • manufacturing (17%); and
  • education and training (10%).

The Heart of Melbourne’s West

The Sunshine NEC is recognised for its potential to attract a critical mass of tertiary education, health-related training, health care, retail and professional services, and its capacity to grow significantly.

The Sunshine NEC has the right combination of services, industry, transport and location to support the booming growth in Melbourne’s West.

The Sunshine NEC has tremendous potential for generating local jobs and economic investment with a major and growing hospital, tertiary campuses, busy commercial centres and available business land.

Potential Childcare Business Opportunity

The Sunshine Health, Wellbeing and Education Precinct (the Precinct) is focused around Sunshine Hospital. It's the fastest growing health-related employment area in Melbourne’s west. The Precinct offers exciting business development opportunities, particularly for a child care start up.

Draft Framework Plan Released

The Victorian Planning Authority (VPA) has released its draft framework plan for the Sunshine National Employment and Innovation Cluster.

The draft plan sets a vision and series of actions to attract business growth and increase local job opportunities. This plan has been developed from feedback received in response to the release of key ideas for the precinct in mid-2016.

The draft framework plan seeks to enhance and build on the strengths of the Sunshine Cluster over the next three decades as a connected and exciting place for employment, education, innovation and research. It provides a co-ordinated action plan aimed at increasing employment by driving economic growth.

The Victorian Planning Authority concluded consultation on the draft Framework Plan on 18 April 2017. The VPA will consider all feedback and then finalise the draft plan for approval by the Minister for Planning in mid-2017.