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Doing Business in the City of Whittlesea

Located 20 kilometres North of Melbourne's CBD, the thriving local government area offers the perfect combination of rapid population growth, a skilled local workforce, quality amenities, and a comprehensive network of transport links. Just a few reasons why the City of Whittlesea is proving itself to be a strategic location for business.

Covering a land area of 489 square kilometres in a rapid growth corridor, the City of Whittlesea is committed to building a robust and economically valuable Investment Environment where our local businesses, partnering organisations and residents will thrive.

Investment Prospectus 

To access key industry and location specific data and facts to consider when choosing the ideal location for your business, download our Investment Prospectus, or contact our Investment Attraction and Business Growth team within our Economic Development Department to have a confidential discussion on 03 9217 2170 or email

Download our Investment Prospectus below for more information, or contact our Investment Attraction team within our Economic Development Department to have a confidential discussion on 03 9217 2170.




The City of Whittlesea is well located for local, national and international trade, with direct access to major travel and transport routes.

Easy access to:

  • Melbourne CBD – 25 mins
  • Melbourne International Airport – 20 mins
  • Essendon Airport – 25 mins
  • Port of Melbourne – 35 mins
  • National Road Network – direct access to eastern seaboard via Hume Freeway (M31), Metropolitan Ring Road (M80), and west via Calder Freeway (M79)
  • Metro Trains to CBD – running from 8 stations every 20 mins on weekdays
  • National Rail Network
  • Beveridge Intermodal Freight Terminal (planned, future)

Strong Population & Economic Growth 

Anchored by a rapid population growth and a thriving business community, the City of Whittlesea offers a pipeline of opportunity to leverage now and into the future

The local population is projected to experience rapid growth between 2022 and 2040, putting it within the Top 10 fastest growing Local Government Areas in Australia (based on 10 years average growth)

  • Resident population: 238,004
  • Predicted population by 2040: 355,144
  • Businesses: 21,617
  • Local Jobs: 77,893
  • GRP: $10.39 billion
  • GRP change since previous year: +4.95%

View more info about our local population and economy here:

Skilled and growing local workforce

The City of Whittlesea is home to a highly skilled and diverse workforce. It has world class education providers with more than 48,309 people having tertiary qualification.

Skilled workforce qualification

  • 17.5% of residents have Certificate III and IV
  • 23.5% have a Bachelor or Higher

City of Whittlesea is home to

  • RMIT University (Bundoora)
  • Melbourne Polytechnic (Epping)
  • Northern Centre for Health Education Research (Epping)

Close proximity to La Trobe University (Bundoora)

Top three occupations of our residents are professionals, technicians and trades, and Clerical and administrative workers

Our skilled workforce continues to diversify, supporting the establishment of new business and existing business growth. In particular;

  • Growth in the professional sector i.e. school teachers, midwifery and nursing professionals and medical practitioners
  • Growth in community and personal service workers, technicians and trades, labourers and managers

You can view the key characteristics and statistics of our local work force online at Economy id/labour force.

Key Opportunity Sectors 

The City of Whittlesea is home to a number of established, leading and emerging sectors anchored by industry clusters and state government prioritisation, offering your business the opportunity to leverage the established infrastructure and supply chains to grow your business.

View more info about our local population and economy here:

For more information about Industry and Investment Opportunities that exist within the City of Whittlesea, visit our Industry Investment Opportunities page.

Contact us

We welcome enquiries from businesses who are considering their location. Contact our Investment Attraction team for a confidential discussion on or call 03 9217 2170 today.

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