About South East Melbourne

South East Melbourne (SEM) advocates for jobs, infrastructure, investment, liveability, sustainability and wellbeing for the southeast and everyone who works and lives in the region.

SEM includes the shires of Cardinia and Mornington Peninsula, and the cities of Casey, Frankston, Greater Dandenong, Kingston and Monash.

The SEM Board is:

  • Chair: Simon McKeon
  • Bruce Billson
  • Simon Crean

About the region

South east Melbourne is one of the fastest growing regions in Australia’s fastest growing city and is one of the country’s most important economic centres.

The South East Melbourne region has more than 1.2 million residents. It stretches from the northern borders of the City of Monash, to Fort Nepean on the tip of the Mornington Peninsula, to the edge of Gippsland in Cardinia Shire.

The south east produces $66 billion in Gross Regional Product and is one of Australia’s largest manufacturing regions, with more manufacturing jobs than greater Adelaide and Western Sydney.


The region is home to two National Employment and Innovation Clusters, one at Monash (75,000 jobs) and the other at Dandenong (55,000 jobs). Another 9,000 people are employed in Carrum Downs.

More than 470,000 are employed in the region but more than 232,000 workers commute to jobs opportunities outside south east Melbourne. Employment growth in the SEM region is not keeping up with population growth, resulting in congestion and inadequate public transport services.

Population growth

South East Melbourne has two rail lines and a freeway but our population, which grows weekly, is bringing new challenges.

The region’s population is predicted to surge to 1.5 million by 2030. It is important to make the most of existing infrastructure while planning and building for future population and jobs growth.

SEM’s vision

SEM’s vision is for job creation, job retention, future proofing the community and ensuring liveability and sustainability. Jobs growth and congestion-busting strategies are needed to keep the region working, moving and thriving.