Economic Profile

Whether you want to develop, relocate, invest, start a business, or simply live in a city that is moving ahead, Greater Dandenong (map) is a ‘great place to be’. The City of Greater Dandenong is a suburban municipality with a mix of residential areas, large activity centres, extensive industrial precincts and green wedge land used for pastoral activities and water treatment purposes. The industrial precincts form part of one of Australia’s most significant and productive manufacturing areas; and Central Dandenong has long been considered Metropolitan Melbourne’s second city centre. These activities generate many jobs. Greater Dandenong is a major source of employment for the whole South East Region of Metropolitan Melbourne and beyond.

Greater Dandenong has a relatively high proportion of migrants (60 per cent of people in Greater Dandenong are born overseas). This has created a vibrant cultural mix within Greater Dandenong. In 2011, the City of Greater Dandenong had an estimated resident population of 142,591 people (ABS, 2011). Between 2005 and 2011, the City's population grew at an average of 1.7 per cent per year. This growth has arisen from new housing developments throughout the municipality, particularly in Keysborough and around Central Dandenong (including the redevelopment of the former Dandenong saleyards). In comparison, population growth rate was 1.8 per cent for Metropolitan Melbourne as a whole between 2005 and 2011. By far the largest industry within Greater Dandenong is manufacturing, which accounts for nearly 22,811 jobs or 30 per cent of all employment in the City. Wholesale provides over 8,000 and retail trade provides almost 7,000 local jobs or 11 per cent and 9 per cent of the total employment respectively. Health care and social assistance sector employment grew 18 per cent since 2006 to provide almost 7000 jobs in 2011. The ABS estimates that in 2011 there were 12,525 businesses in Greater Dandenong. The growth in the number of businesses in the municipality is higher than for Metropolitan Melbourne as a whole, indicating that this is a place where entrepreneurs come to start business.

This economic profile contains economic and demographic information for the City of Greater Dandenong. For more information, please contact the City of Greater Dandenong Economic Development Unit.