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State Government of Victoria

Regional snapshot

Melbourne’s North comprises the metropolitan LGAs of Banyule, Darebin, Moreland and Yarra, and the semi-rural LGAs of Hume, Nillumbik and Whittlesea:

  • the population is 981,902 (2015) and this is expected to increase to 1,119,989 by 2021
  • over 30% of the population was born overseas
  • around 53 per cent of the population is working age (20–54); 23 per cent of the population is in the retirement age group (55 and over) and the remaining 24 per cent under 20
  • major employers are health care and social assistance, retail trade, the manufacturing sector, construction, and education and training
  • official unemployment is 8.0 per cent, above the Melbourne average of 6.8 per cent
  • the region covers an area of just over 1560 sq km
  • 11.3 per cent of residents are receiving some form of social security, indicating that a significant sector of the population is financially vulnerable
  • over 39 per cent of residents aged over 20 did not complete Year 12
  • the region’s share of gross domestic product is about 16.4 per cent of Melbourne’s GDP
  • the region’s average annual wages and salaries are calculated at $25,230, below the Melbourne average of $25,808
  • the City of Yarra has the highest wages and salaries at $36,599, while the City of Hume has the lowest at $20,185 per annum, per capita – a broad range of incomes that highlights the diversity within the region.

Major issues for the region are:

  • planning for unprecedented population growth, particularly in Hume and Whittlesea
  • improving infrastructure, including roads and public transport
  • increasing the skills capacity of the region
  • growing regional employment and business capacity, particularly with the closure of automotive manufacturing
  • improving economic, social and health outcomes for disadvantaged groups
  • improving access to high-speed broadband, particularly in business precincts.


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Last Updated: 14 June 2016