Melbourne is Australia's fastest growing capital city, according to the latest data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics.


An average of 1760 people are added to our population each week, which saw an extra 91,600 people in the 2014-15 year.

This compared to 1600 people per week and 83,300 in total added last financial year in Sydney.

Rapid population growth needs good planning which targets long-term liveability and investment in education, health and infrastructure.

Planning strategies for the city centre, metropolitan infill sites and out on the urban fringe include:

  • Plan Melbourne, the city's overarching planning document, is being reviewed to accommodate housing affordability and climate change.
  • A review of residential zoning is taking public submissions to ensure the right decisions are being made.
  • Detailed plans for 640 hectares of land within five kilometres of Melbourne's CBD are being prepared. This will allow more people to live closer to inner city jobs and services without adding to the urban sprawl.
  • The newly-established Fishermans  Bend Taskforce is drafting plans for five neighbourhoods which will accommodate about 80,000 people.
  • On the fringe, the Metropolitan Planning Authority is preparing precinct structure plans to keep a healthy supply of land to the market, maintaining Melbourne's affordability
  • The Managing Growth, long-term infrastructure plan for Melbourne's outer areas, has been released.

Encouraging new development and planning for growth will improve Melbourne's housing affordability.