Working Together

Key Partnerships

Working together and partnering with key organisations is vital to the business and economic development of the City of Melville's local and regional economy.

The City is working toward providing more opportunities for growth into the future.

  • As one of the fastest growing and diverse regions of Western Australia, the South West Metropolitan Region of Perth offers many exciting business development and lifestyle opportunities.

    The South West Group of Local Authorities works to capitalise on these opportunities and to promote sustainable economic growth for the benefit of local communities.

    Representing the Cities of Cockburn, Fremantle, Kwinana, Melville and Rockingham and the Town of East Fremantle, the South West Group takes an integrated approach to regional development designed to capitalise on our Region's unique social, commercial and environmental strengths.

  • The Melville Cockburn Chamber of Commerce (MCCC) is an incorporated not-for-profit organisation that seeks to promote the interests of businesses in the Melville and Cockburn local government districts.

  • Business Foundations is one of the largest not-for-profit specialist business advisory and training organisations in Australia helping owners of businesses start, improve and grow.

    They provide tailored, flexible services designed to help businesses at every stage. Client businesses can be tiny, single-person firms or established employers with multi-million-dollar turnovers. For each firm, and at every level of development, they provide the same impartial, independent, evidence-based, professional advice.

    Business Foundations are leaders in business development services in Australia, providing start-up, incubation, export advisory, market development, commercialisation, business growth, digital enterprise and innovation services for more than 20 years.

Business Community Survey 2016

In 2016 an independant survey was conducted, asking local business owners about operating their businesses in the City of Melville.

Overall, the City was rated second among four comparative councils.

Find out what the business community said in the Business Perceptions Scorecard.


Small Business Friendly Local Government

The City of Melville is a Small Business Friendly Local Government and recognises the value and significance small businesses play in bringing many benefits to the community including employment opportunities, providing goods and services and helping both the local and regional economy to  achieve growth and prosperity.

In 2017, the City signed the Small Business Friendly Local Government Charter, to demonstrate our commitment and highlight some of the actions we undertake to be small business friendly.

The Small Business Friendly Local Governments (SBFLG) initiative was developed by the Small Business Development Corporation (SBDC), the only State Government agency focused on supporting small business in Western Australia.

The City's committment to the Small Business Friendly Local Government Charter helps us to ensure we are continually improving our interaction with and support of local small businesses across Melville.

If you are a small business visit the SBDC website for free advice, resources, workshops and access to information across all business disciplines.

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