Suburban Jobs Program

Projects

University of Western Sydney

The Werrington Park Corporate Centre will create a focal point for new employment and new industry sectors in the region and is intended to act as a catalyst for the longer term development of a comprehensive business park in Penrith

City of Playford

The Stretton Centre is an employment research and development facility to be located within the Playford Alive project area. Playford Alive is a long term initiative which commenced in 2008 and which is regenerating and developing the Playford area.

Melton City Council

Western Business Accelerator and Centre for Excellence (Western BACE) project will be built 19 kilometres west of Melbourne in the City of Melton's developing Toolern Precinct.

About the Program

The $45 million Suburban Jobs Program was announced as a measure under the Sustainable Australia - Sustainable Communities Strategy in 2011. Grants under the program will support the implementation of projects from 2012-13 to 2014-15.

The objective of the Suburban Jobs Program is to support state and local governments to plan and provide for increased local employment opportunities in the suburbs of Australia’s major capital cities that are subject to growth pressures.

The strain of traffic congestion and long distances to work can take a toll on people’s financial situations, personal health, family relations and workplace productivity. In many cases, residents of outer suburbs spend several hours each week commuting for work. This time spent commuting means there is less time for social, learning or family activities.

The Australian Government recognises that well planned and delivered local employment precincts will assist communities to be more sustainable in the long term by providing local employment opportunities for the diverse skills and aspirations of residents, improving the quality of public spaces, increasing the outputs of the local economy, and fostering a vibrant sense of place for residents.

Attracting and retaining jobs closer to where people live will also help to reduce the environmental impacts of our suburbs - by encouraging people to walk or ride to work, reducing traffic congestion on the road, and taking advantage of new technologies to design healthy, productive workspaces.