Key industries



Hume City has traditionally been a strong manufacturing hub with the majority of employment in the city (around 25%) coming from manufacturing.  For many years Hume has had a particularly strong automotive manufacturing industry led by Ford Motor Company and the large cluster of automotive component manufacturers associated with it.  The Closure of Fort at the end of 2015 has signalled in a new era where leaner, more advanced manufacturers servicing niche and specialist markets are beginning to become more prominent. 

Food Manufacturing

The Food and Beverages manufacturing sector is showing signs of explosive growth with more investment expected to follow. Melbourne’s North Food Group provides industry support for food manufacturers in the 5 northern council areas with a strong focus on support to enter export markets. Melbourne’s North is a home to a major Food and Beverage manufacturing cluster with over 400 manufacturers. 

Transport, Postal and Warehousing

The Transport and Logistics sector is the second largest industry sector in Hume City. It employs over 20 percent of Hume City's labour force. The sector is showing considerable growth within Hume City with nearly 5,000 additional jobs created over the last 10 years and huge growth expected as more large companies make the choice to locate and expand in Hume City to take advantage of the world class logistics assets on offer. 


Hume has traditionally had a strong construction base and with the continued housing development growth, particularly in the Craigieburn and Sunbury urban growth areas, this is expected to remain strong. Over 5,000 people are employed in the construction industry.

Visitor Economy

The visitor economy (or Tourism) is Hume City’s fourth largest economic driver and continues to how growth in both employment and output, contributing to Hume’s economic prosperity. This highlights the important role Hume City Council plays in supporting local tourism, facilitating new investment in tourism and enhancing the liveability of the city. Hume’s competitive advantages for the visitor economy include its close proximity to Melbourne Airport and the CBD, as well as, its position as a regional and metropolitan destination attracting overnight stays and day trips.

Over the next few years, Hume will experience significant new investment in the visitor economy (over $100 million worth), providing new tourism experiences and driving local and international visitation and spend. These investments include Mickleham’s Marnong Estate; URBNSURF Melbourne, Australia’s first surf park in Tullamarine; the redevelopment of Sunbury’s Goona Warra Vineyard; and new accommodation at Melbourne Airport. Learn more about Hume’s Visitor Economy here.


Updated : 3:32 PM, 5 July 2018

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