GROW Greater Shepparton (Growing Regional Opportunities for Work) is a collaborative program that seeks to strengthen social and economic outcomes and increase job opportunities through procurement and employment across the Goulburn Valley.

The GROW initiative began in 2013 as G21 Region Opportunities for Work, a ten-year economic development approach to addressing place-based disadvantage in communities across the local government areas of Colac Otway, Golden Plains, Greater Geelong, Queenscliff and Surf Coast.

GROW operates under a Collective Impact framework, employing backbone staff to convene and facilitate key local stakeholders to join the program, which now has over 110 signatory organisations to the G21 GROW Compact.

Over the past three years (to May 2019), the G21 Region GROW initiative has created a total of 247 jobs and 39 employment pathways for the region’s target communities (Corio, Norlane, Whittington and Colac).

In 2018, the Latrobe Valley Authority, established by the Victorian Government to manage the region's transition following the closure of the Hazelwood Power Station and also announced funding for additional GROW initiatives to be established in the key regional centres of Greater Shepparton (Facilitated by the Committee for Greater Shepparton), Ballarat (facilitated by the Highlands Local Learning and Employment Network) and Bendigo (facilitated by Be.Bendigo).


Driven by strategic imperatives and with the support of local partners, GROW Greater Shepparton is embedding an innovative approach to local economic development to improve social impact in the region

  • Building a stronger regional economy
  • Increasing the number of local people employed in local jobs
  • Increasing employment opportunities for key target communities


Feedback from the local community that the increased supply of jobs needs to benefit local people, particularly those from key target groups.


GROW Greater Shepparton work as a catalyst and capacity builder, inspiring local actions, activating local collaborations and building the capacity of regional stakeholders to embed and sustain the GROW Greater Shepparton approach. In this way, local regeneration, social impact and economic
development will be sustained long term.

Become a part of GROW Greater Shepparton


Public and private sector organisations – either locally-based or with significant procurement and employment activity in the region who are committed to the objectives of GROW.


Support service providers who contribute to the successful achievement of social and local economic outcomes in Greater Shepparton.


GROW Greater Shepparton Compact Members commit to looking for opportunities to;

  • Pro-actively employ job seekers with barriers to work (known as ‘inclusive employment’)
  • Redirect their spend towards local businesses and to creating social outcomes. These social outcomes can include buying from social enterprise, Aboriginal businesses, or businesses that employ inclusively
  • GROW Greater Shepparton, part of a Network of GROW initiatives around regional Victoria, will work with each Compact Member to assist in the identification, delivery and measurement of regional and individual GROW objectives
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Support provided to Compact Members include:

  • Development of an annual individualised GROW action plan
  • Participant data analysis and provision of dashboards and reporting
  • Access to the GROW Greater Shepparton portal
  • Procurement and inclusive employment capability assessments
  • Access to remplan economic modelling tools
  • Access to procurement and inclusive
    employment training and eLearning
  • Access to a regional toolkit of procurement and employment recourses including: polices; templates;
    procedures; and evaluation criteria
  • Participation in compact action networks, regional forums, supplier forums

For more information:


Leanne Hulm
Program Manager
GROW Greater Shepparton

E: [email protected]
M: 0413 384 666

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GROW Greater Shepparton is proudly supported by Committee for Greater Shepparton.