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Melbourne Airport supports almost 10,000 jobs in local communities

Nov 12, 2012

Almost 10,000 jobs in the local communities around Melbourne Airport are directly related to the airport’s operations according to a new study into the social and economic impact of Melbourne Airport.

The study, which was commissioned as part of Melbourne Airport’s draft Master Plan process, found that 67 per cent of people working in airport related jobs live in the municipalities of Hume, Brimbank, Whittlesea, Melton, Moonee Valley, Maribyrnong and Moreland, known as the ‘host economy’.

One in six jobs in the City of Hume is related to airport operations. 28 per cent of those who work at Melbourne Airport live in the City of Hume, while 19 per cent of airport workers live in the City of Brimbank

The study found that Melbourne Airport directly supports a total of 14,300 jobs. Between 2007 and 2011, the number of people working in airport-related roles grew by a total 1,750. This was a growth rate of 3.3 per cent every year which was significantly higher than the growth rate for the local ‘host economy’, and slightly higher than the growth rate for the Melbourne metropolitan area, and Victoria as a whole.

Melbourne Airport’s draft Master Plan will outline the future development of the airport over the next twenty years.

The Master Plan is required under Commonwealth legislation and will cover a range of issues related to the future development of Melbourne Airport, including forecast aircraft movements and passenger numbers, proposed terminal and airfield development, ground transport plans, and an environment strategy.

The draft Master Plan will be issued for public comment in early 2013 before being submitted to the Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport in the middle of 2013 for approval.

In addition to the significant local economic and employment impact of the airport, the study highlighted the value of Melbourne Airport to the Victorian economy.

Melbourne Airport currently contributes around $1.47 billion to Victoria’s Gross State Product (GSP) with this forecast to rise to $3.2 billion by 2033.

The number of jobs directly related to airport operations is expected to grow by more than 60 per cent to 23,000 by 2033. The number of jobs indirectly supported by the airport will rise from 43,000 in 2011 to 72,000 in 2033.

The number of passengers using Melbourne Airport by 2033 is forecast to pass 60 million a year, compared to over 28 million passengers in 2011/12.

Melbourne Airport CEO, Chris Woodruff, said many local residents recognised the importance of the airport with 87 per cent of those surveyed highlighting employment opportunities as a positive impact.

“Melbourne Airport’s role as a significant contributor to Victoria’s economic well-being is also supported by 98 per cent of people surveyed nominating Melbourne Airport as an important factor in keeping Melbourne connected to other cities. Around 83 per cent of people also acknowledged the role of the airport as a freight hub,” Mr Woodruff said.

“Melbourne Airport is very proud to be part of Melbourne’s north-west community. And our local communities should be proud of the role they play in supporting the operation of Australia’s second-busiest airport which makes such a vital contribution to the economic prosperity of our city and state, and keeps Victoria connected to the rest of the world,” Mr Woodruff said.

Mr Woodruff acknowledged that some residents also nominated negative impacts from the airport, such as aircraft noise and traffic congestion.

“Our draft Master Plan is an opportunity for us to inform the community about our proposed developments and discuss with the community, how we plan to manage these issues as the airport continues to grow,” Mr Woodruff said.

“There will also be an important role for the Commonwealth and State governments to play, by ensuring that the right infrastructure is in place to support access to and from the airport, including roads and public transport.”

Mr Woodruff said the preferred orientation of the third runway at Melbourne Airport would be an important issue for the draft Master Plan.

“In our previous Master Plans, we have outlined the potential need for a third, and fourth, runway.  With our growth set to continue, we are now at the stage where we need to consider the requirement for a third runway more closely.”

A public meeting to update the community on the draft Master Plan process, including the third runway, will be held in Broadmeadows on 20 November.

More information about the economic and social impact study is available in the ‘Why Melbourne Airport is important’ fact sheet which can be downloaded from

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