Regional Development VictoriaRDA Western Melbourne

State Government of Victoria

Regional snapshot

Melbourne’s West covers the local government areas of Brimbank, Maribyrnong, Melbourne, Melton, Moonee Valley, Hobsons Bay and Wyndham.

  • It covers an area of 1331 square kilometres, from inner city neighbourhoods through middle suburbs and on to urban–rural interface areas that are fast becoming new estates.
  • The region is experiencing rapid growth – from being home to 15.7 per cent of Victoria’s population in 1996 to 19 per cent in 2015.
  • The resident population increased from 611,512 people at the 2006 Census to 716,510 at the 2011 Census (an increase of 28.3 per cent).
  • There have been steady increases in all age groups, with the fastest growth in the child-bearing 30 to 54 years group.
  • Official unemployment stands at 27,593 (7.3 per cent), higher than Melbourne metro unemployment, which is 6.2 per cent.
  • The region has a much higher than average number of residents receiving unemployment benefits, disability support pension and parenting payment (single), indicating a significant percentage of the population is financially vulnerable.
  • There are now approximately 413,200 residents in the labour force but only 307,500 jobs in the West.
  • Melbourne’s West has more than 130 nationalities represented and is the most diverse region in Victoria.
  • The composition of business counts in Melbourne’s West (excluding the general government sector and non-employing businesses) reveals the importance of small business; 18,708 of the total 19,800 businesses (94.5 per cent) employ less than 20 people, 1069 (5.4 per cent%) employ between 20 and 199 and 23 businesses (0.1%) employ 200 or more.

Major issues for the region are:

  • improving educational outcomes and increasing resident skill levels
  • planning for unprecedented population growth in the outer areas of the region
  • improving transport infrastructure to cope with future demands
  • growing regional employment and business capacity
  • improving economic, social and health outcomes for residents.


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Last Updated: 14 June 2016