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Business Support & News

Keep up to date with all the latest local business news and events.

The following two videos will give you an insight into Kingston's diverse activities, from the municipality's broad manufacturing base to its beautiful foreshore, unique retail centres, restaurants, cafes and many parks and sporting amenities.


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Prosperous Kingston - a framework for economic sustainability

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"


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Business Networks

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South East Melbourne Manufacturing Alliance (SEMMA)    

South East Melbourne is one of Australia's most dynamic manufacturing regions.  With hundreds of companies providing tens of thousands of skilled jobs and investing in critical research and development, manufacturing in the region remains a dynamic and important component of both the State and National economies. South East Melbourne generates 44% of Victoria’s manufactured product

The South East Melbourne Manufacturing Alliance (SEMMA) is a peak industry group representing leading manufacturers based in South East Melbourne. 

Membership to SEMMA provides many advantages for your business from providing an effective government voice to a chance to share capability and capacity with other members. JOIN TODAY


Are you planning to start a business, or do you own a small to medium sized business and looking to take the next step but not clear how?  A business mentor can help.

Mentor Partners Program

Kingston and Glen Eira City Councils’ Mentor Partners Program is a free, confidential service that taps into the expertise and experience of volunteer business mentors who generously give their time to help local business owners to succeed. For more information click here

Kingston Business Social Media

Prefer to connect via social media? Kingston Business is active on Facebook and Twitter.

Australia China Business Council (ACBC)

Kingston Council has joined the Australia China Business Council (ACBC) as a member company.  Kingston Council's membership entitles any Kingston business to attend any of the ACBC events at member rates.

China Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA)

The China Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA) offers Australian businesses unprecedented access to the China market.  Thanks to funding from the Australian Federal Government, the Australia China Business Council is conducting the ChAFTA Training Program across Australia, to train businesses on how to utilise ChAFTA and reap the benefits of a deeper engagement with China.

Click here to view a video to learn how the China Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA) offers Australian businesses unprecedented access to the China market.

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. You can read more about these business success stories here.

Business & Trader Associations

Chelsea Business Association

Sofia Vatos
c/- eview Group
436 Nepean Highway, Chelsea 3196
0421 328 255

Cheltenham Chamber of Commerce

The Cheltenham Chamber of Commerce website is now available for traders to keep informed about many activities occurring in the centre, including information about the LXRA level crossing removals.

Mentone Traders

The Mentone Community Website is now available for traders to keep informed about many activities occurring in the centre, including information about the LXRA level crossing removals.

For traders interested in the Mentone Traders' Association, please email Ian Slater -

Mordialloc Traders

Mordialloc Traders have a website showcasing their unique shopping experience.  There is also a Facebook page for lovers of Mordialloc, which includes local trader deals and upcoming events.



Broadband for business

Kingston Council has partnered with a number of inner and southern Melbourne councils to continue to advocate for the importance of the National Broadband Network (NBN) in key business and industrial areas. 

With a project of this size and importance, this partnership of local councils is committed to working together to highlight the importance for the industrial and business sector as a whole.  

The critical competitive advantage of using technology to do business globally is at the forefront of Kingston Council’s commitment to advocacy for the industrial and business sector as a whole.

In this video message, Kingston's Central Ward Councillor, Cr Geoff Gledhill, discusses the urgent need for high-speed broadband in Kingston's industrial areas to support local industry.

Broadband services connect business and individuals to the global marketplace.

Businesses can now communicate and collaborate in ways not possible before, due to the increase in the amount of information that can be transferred at faster speeds and with new software technology, made possible by greater bandwidth.

For more information, contact Kingston Council's Economic Growth & Innovation Department on 9581 4712.

Helpful tools for businesses

These 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. For more information click here

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