SEMMA is a peak industry group representing more than 200 leading manufacturers located in South East Melbourne; Australia's most dynamic manufacturing region.


Become a member of SEMMA today to take advantage of member-only deals; promote your business via the SEMMA website and attend networking events; influence Government policy; and turn competitors into allies through shared experience, capabilities and capacity.

SEMMA is an independent, regional and focused manufacturing advocate. We stay abreast of all business-related matters that are of interest to manufacturers. From knowing the latest initiatives regarding innovation, cost minimisation, government policy, potential business opportunities, and/or education to name a few, SEMMA is the ‘go-to’ place for current and relevant information for the manufacturing industry.

We share our knowledge and opportunities with members for their benefit and have a particular focus on the following:

  • Advocacy
  • Networking
  • Government Partnerships
  • Research, Education & Training
  • Exclusive Member Deals
  • Communication

By lobbying Government, promoting members’ capability and potential, and negotiating better deals on behalf of its members, SEMMA plays a critical role in ensuring manufacturing in Melbourne’s South East remains vibrant and sustainable in the 21st Century.


SEMMA actively and regularly engages with all levels of government, providing its members with a strong, clear voice on all issues confronting the industry.

We remain the privileged interface between government and manufacturers, facilitating opportunities where government is directly interacting with manufacturers.

SEMMA is highly regarded by all levels of government and participates in the ongoing regional and national debate regarding the critical need for an innovative and sustainable manufacturing community. It is consistently approached by both State and Federal politics for its opinion on issues affecting manufacturing.

The benefits of SEMMA’s advocacy work to members includes ensuring local content is mandatory in the procurement of large infrastructure projects.


SEMMA provides an important networking focus for manufacturing companies of all sizes, helping to forge inter-business links locally, nationally and around the world.

Our networking events will enable you to learn from your peers, identify new business opportunities, find new clients and/or source new suppliers. The close relationship that SEMMA has developed with senior politicians means that our networking events are also a great way for you to personally meet, speak with and influence our elected representatives.


Forging partnerships with all levels of government provides SEMMA members with a series of unexpected benefits.

While some consider government a hindrance to productivity and profitability, it is for that exact reason why partnering with government is advantageous.

Because of these partnerships, SEMMA can provide strong leadership for regional projects and has led some of the most important programs established in the region. Programs such as “Future of Manufacturing”, minimum local content in procurement of government funded projects, building of new infrastructure and access to special grants.

SEMMA members are invited to participate in these programs, which can significantly change the way you do business.


SEMMA is so passionate about education, training and research in manufacturing, that we have established close relationships with CSIRO, Chisholm Institute, Swinburne, Deakin and Monash Universities as well as many local government organisation.

We offer members access to the most up-to-date education and research resources to meet your business’ changing needs.

Be current. Be relevant. Be prepared. It may be an old industry, but there is nothing old about the way things are done in the modern era of manufacturing. Innovation, new technologies and increasing competition have forced manufacturers to re-evaluate the skill set of their workforce to ensure it is current, relevant and future proof.


Minimise your expenses by taking advantage of the large group buying power of SEMMA and pick up some great deals that are available exclusively to members only.

From cheaper energy prices to waste removal services, preferential foreign exchange and fleet purchase, SEMMA's extensive range of member benefits and deals have the potential to provide your business with significant savings.


SEMMA regularly shares industry updates with its members to ensure opportunities are not missed and important news that may affect your decision making is communicated.

In a world where there is information overload, SEMMA cuts out the clutter and provides you with industry related news only.

SEMMA members can stay up-to-date via our member portal including virtual noticeboard, event notifications and regular email bulletins.