Growing stronger together

Our Story History

Northern Futures grew out of the 2007 Northern Suburbs Jobs Summit, held amid concern about mounting job losses in Geelong’s manufacturing sector. The summit brought together State and Federal Members of Parliament as well as business and community leaders to develop a shared vision for future jobs growth in the northern suburbs.

Out of the summit, the Northern Futures steering committee was established and, at the Northern Futures ‘3214 Way Forward’ Forum a year later, a plan of action was approved.

The Northern Futures Strategic Plan – the Way Forward: A Strategic Plan for Social Transformation (2009-2013) guided the work of Northern Futures in its early years, building a framework that has proven to be one of Australia’s most successful education, training and workplace models.

In 2014, The Northern Futures Strategic Plan – A Strategic Plan for the Social Revolution of 3214 was released, outlining the important work that remains to be done to create opportunities for people living in Geelong’s northern suburbs.


The launch of the Northern Futures website in 2009 (from left) Cr Kylie Fisher, Dr Mark Kennedy, Arda Duck, Tim Harrop, Victorian Treasurer John Lenders, Lou Brazier, John Eren MP, Richard Marles MP and Christine Ferguson.