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The City of Kingston is fortunate to be in one of Australia’s most important economic regions. No other region in Australia can boast the innovation strengths of this precinct. 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.

Read more about this vibrant region in Prosperous Kingston - a framework for economic sustainability


To contact the Business Direction team at Kingston Council email

Lightweight Plastic Shopping Bag Ban from 1 November 2019

The Victorian Government will implement a state-wide ban on lightweight plastic shopping bags from 1 November 2019. The ban applies to ALL retailers, including supermarkets, greengrocers, bakeries, pharmacies, clothes stories, restaurants, cafes, markets & food outlets, and many more. The National Retail Association will help retailers transition away from lightweight bags. Find out more on the bag ban.


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Business Networks

Connect with other businesses and useful contacts through the ASPIRE Program


Are you looking to take the next step in your business but not clear how? A business mentor can help. 

The Mentor Partners Program is a free, confidential service that offers experienced volunteer business mentors to provide a ‘sounding board’ for local business owners. 

Find out more on the Mentor Partners Program

Download the application form

Business Success Stories

Kingston is a municipality of successful, diverse and innovative businesses, and many of these businesses enjoy valued recognition from a wide variety of industry bodies. Council also recognises the great contribution these businesses make to its local economy, and to that of the wider south-east region of Melbourne.

Read business success stories

Business & Trader Associations

Chelsea Business Association

Cheltenham Chamber of Commerce

Mentone Traders

Mordialloc Traders

Helpful tools for businesses

These Business Planning Templates are available from the Australian Government's website

Business Victoria Mentoring Programs

Business Victoria provide various mentor programs for anyone interested in setting up or developing a small business. 

The Eastern Innovation Business Centre

The Eastern Innovation Business Centre is a brand new high tech facility located in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs. It provides a hothouse environment in which to turn innovative ideas into commercial successes.

Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman

Victorian Small Business Commission