SEMMA works closely with municipalities, education and research organisations in our region. Included below is an overview of our partnerships and some helpful links relevant to the manufacturing industry.

Australian Made Campaign

The Australian Made Campaign is the not-for-profit organisation that administers and promotes the green-and-gold Australian Made, Australian Grown logo.

The logo is Australia's most trusted, recognised and widely used country of origin symbol, and is underpinned by a third-party accreditation system, which ensures products that carry the logo are certified as 'genuinely Australian'.

As a registered certification trademark, the Australian Made logo can only be used on products that are registered with the not-for-profit Australian Made Campaign Ltd, and which meet the criteria set out in the Australian Consumer Law and the AMAG Logo Code of Practice.


Empowering businesses to exchange waste as a resource

ASPIRE enables a circular economy by assisting businesses shift from a waste hierarchy to circular behaviours. ASPIRE’s online platform sets businesses of any scale on the circular economy path, by giving them a new way to solve their issues with waste.

Developed originally by CSIRO and Data61 in 2015, the new ASPIRE platform was launched in March 2020 now offering pioneering innovative software intelligently matching potential manufacturers, purchasers and recyclers.

ASPIRE has helped hundreds of businesses unlock cost savings, resolve issues surrounding waste and reuse resources destined for landfill. For many businesses, ASPIRE’s matching platform provides the tools to truly “walk the talk” as sustainable enterprises. ASPIRE currently works with councils Australia wide and a number of corporations nationally and internationally to give them a new way to solve their waste issues.

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City of Greater Dandenong

The City of Greater Dandenong is a local government area located in the south eastern suburbs of Melbourne, Australia. It covers an area of just under 130 square kilometres and in 2017 had approximately 157,000 residents.

Greater Dandenong has long been considered Metropolitan Melbourne’s second city centre and is home to several industrial precincts forming one of Australia’s most significant and productive manufacturing areas. With over 98,000 jobs in the municipality, of which over 22,000 are in manufacturing, Greater Dandenong is a major source of employment for the whole South East Region of Metropolitan Melbourne and beyond. It is for this reason that the Council is such as strong supporter of the manufacturing industry.

Learn more about how the City of Greater Dandenong can support your business by clicking on the links below:

Casey Cardinia Region

The Casey Cardinia region represents a new frontier of growth and is the place for business development and progression in Melbourne’s South East.  Covering an area spanning over 1,600km2 the region boasts a number of competitive advantages making it an ideal location for businesses to thrive.   Casey-Cardinia Region; a partnership between the City of Casey and Cardinia Shire Councils, was established to double the efforts in the development of a regional economy and has delivered a strong pro-business environment which makes investing in the region an easy choice.

In June 2017, the Casey-Cardinia Gross Regional Product was estimated at $11.94 billion, which represents 3.0% of the state's GSP (Gross State Product) and signifies growth by 8.6% on the previous year.  Manufacturing provides 7.3% of value added to the local economy and 7.6% of FTE jobs for the region. Advanced manufacturing is a strong sector with 860 manufacturers calling the area home and providing a total output of $3.8 billion with $1.4 billion in regional exports.  To increase diversity of employment opportunities, advanced manufacturing, food product manufacturing and machinery and equipment manufacturing are of particular interest to Casey-Cardinia.

Learn more about how Casey Cardinia Region can support your business by clicking the links below:

Chisholm Institute

Chisholm has worked with thousands of businesses, boosting workforce productivity by improving skills through quality training. As a Victorian Government-owned TAFE offering over 300 nationally accredited qualifications, we can deliver customised education and training programs that will meet your organisation’s key business objectives and ensure strong job outcomes for your workforce.

Conducted in the workplace, our flexible training programs are delivered by industry experts and specialist workplace trainers.

We work with your business to ensure minimal operational disruption and with a comprehensive network of specialist trainers, Chisholm has established solid business partnerships with local, national and off-shore businesses.

Learn more about how Chisholm can support your business by clicking on the links below:


We imagine. We collaborate. We innovate.

We do the extraordinary every day. We innovate for tomorrow and help improve today – for our customers, all Australians and the world.

At the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), we shape the future. We do this by using science to solve real issues. Our research makes a difference to people, industry and the planet.

Almost 3000 organisations of all sizes do business with CSIRO every year, and they keep coming back. So, what can you get out of working with us?

Deakin University

Deakin University’s world-class R&D capabilities can make a real difference to the manufacturing industry in the region and across Australia. From big companies to small, they can help you grow your idea from a concept to reality, offering expertise and access to industrial scale infrastructure and funding.

Deakin's Centre for Advanced Design in Engineering Training (CADET) houses virtual reality, digital manufacturing and high voltage labs that allow researchers and students to work together on industry-based projects. And their $34 million Carbon Nexus centre is now established as one of the world's most advanced fibre research centres. It is a vital component of equipping the manufacturing industry for the future.

Learn more about how Deakin University can support your business by clicking on the links below:

City of Kingston

Located 20km south east of the Melbourne CBD, the City of Kingston is one of Victoria’s major employment centres and its industrial sector is one of the largest and most concentrated in the State. There is also a significant retail and service-based economy in Kingston anchored by a regional shopping centre at Southland, several major activity centres and numerous smaller local and neighbourhood shopping precincts. The prosperity of the Kingston community and its neighbouring municipalities is intrinsically tied to the ability of local companies to prosper and generate sustainable employment.

The city embraces its commercial and industrial sectors, particularly manufacturing, and encourages the promotion and growth of businesses within the municipality as well as in neighbouring regions.

Learn more about how the City of Kingston can support your business by clicking the links below:

Knox City Council

Knox is well positioned in Melbourne’s eastern metropolitan area, approximately 25 kilometres from the central business district of Melbourne. With a little more than one quarter of the metropolitan population, and slightly less than one quarter of its jobs, Melbourne’s eastern region is a major location for economic and community activity.

Knox has established key industry clusters in the fields of advanced manufacturing and environmental technologies that build on the Scoresby-Rowville Employment Precinct and Knox’s proximity to the research and development services of nearby universities, the CSIRO and the Australian Synchrotron.

With 17.9% of Gross Regional Product coming from the manufacturing sector, Knox recognises the importance of manufacturing to the local community and aspires to be somewhere to realise your plans, deliver on your aspirations and make a success of your future.

Learn more about how the Knox City Council can support your business by clicking the links below:

Monash City Council

The City of Monash is a culturally diverse community in Melbourne's south-eastern suburbs and is home to an estimated population of 192,850 residents, making it one of the most populous municipalities in Victoria. Located between 16km and 24km south east of the Melbourne CBD and spanning 81.5 square kilometres, the Gross Regional Product (GRP) of the Monash Council area reached $16.27 Billion in 2017.

In 2016/17, the City of Monash contributed 5.4% of Victoria’s Manufacturing employment and 5.7% of its value added.  The Professional, Scientific and Technical Services industry had the largest number of total registered businesses in the area.  This sector provides a crucial source of complementary services to the large manufacturing community based in the south east Melbourne region.  Therefore, while Monash supports all types of business in its municipality, the manufacturing community plays a significant role in maintaining the prosperity of the council area.

Learn more about how Monash City Council can support your business by clicking the links below:

Monash University

If you're looking to access the technology, research or education expertise at Monash University, make us your first point of call. We endeavour to make it easy for industry to work with us and create partnerships that are deep and enduring. We actively promote cross-disciplinary projects.

We co-operatively pursue delivery expectations, and then go beyond.

Learn more about how Monash University can support your business by clicking the links below:

Prime Creative Media

Prime Creative Media is Australia’s largest business-to-business publisher, specializing in integrated marketing communications in high-growth industries.

Our magazines, web sites and events help connect, inform and grow the commercial road transportation, mining and manufacturing, food & beverage, and education sectors.

Manufacturers’ Monthly actively promotes the Australian manufacturing sector. The magazine targets senior level & operational management and covers industry, management, IT, technology, and product news. Further to being a complete news source for the industry, its core competency is its analysis of key issues that helps to keep Australian manufacturers competitive. Manufacturers’ Monthly provides its readers with the essential information they need to make informed business decisions.

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Swinburne University of Technology

Swinburne University of Technology collaborates with business, community and industry to solve practical problems and build effective partnerships.  While Swinburne will work with all business types, it has a special relationship with manufacturing having built the Factory of the Future at its $100 million Advanced Manufacturing and Design Centre (AMDC).

The Factory of the Future is a hub for engaging manufacturing businesses, undergraduate and high school students, alumni and the wider community.  This ground-breaking facility is made up of a cluster of specialist studios with highly adaptive capacity. Equipped with advanced visualisation and design tools, designers will have the resources to develop prototypes rapidly, create innovative products and research potential manufacturing methods.

Learn more about how Swinburne University can support your business by clicking on the links below: