Melbourne's North

A strongly performing Melbourne’s North will have positive flow-on effects for neighbouring regions and those further afield. 

Melbourne's North

Melbourne’s North is growing and changing. We have over one million people. 


Even the most conservative forecasting has our overall growth increasing by around 44% by 2036. Our regional population will reach just under 1.5 million people. 


We account for over 20 percent of Melbourne’s total population. 


From our bustling inner suburbs right through to new homes under construction in newly established suburbs. Our region’s urban structure has changed over the last twenty years, with the expansion of the growth boundary. The Northern Growth Corridor will accommodate much of this growth.

We are known for our diversity. 

  • 35% of our residents speak a second language.

  • approximately 30% born overseas in non-English speaking countries.

  • 40% of our population in under the age of 29.

  • 60% of our population are of working age. 


Home to Melbourne Airport, we are a strong productive region. Generating around $40b billion worth of goods and services, growing by 4.7% per annum. 


Data on our region is available by clicking here.

Our Region our Vision 

The NCA is committed to working with all levels of government, the private sector and our communities to ensure our communities have access to all services and are able to reach their full potential. 


Our vision for Melbourne’s North is based on existing identified priorities. 

We advocate for long-term transformational projects beyond infrastructure. 


There has been comparative underinvestment in Melbourne’s North.

Data from the National Institute of Economic and Industry Research shows that cumulative investment in Melbourne’s North over the last ten years has lagged behind investment in Central Melbourne, Melbourne’s East and Melbourne’s South. 

The combined regions are home to a large number of residents employed in professional services; however the majority of our residents have to go outside the area to find employment.  


Combined with a heavier reliance of driving to work than Greater Melbourne, residents face longer than average commute times and limitations to access to employment across the region. 


Within our communities there are identified pockets of disadvantage along with limited employment access and choice. 

​Proper investment will see the Region deliver on a range of initiatives to support its growing community.