Local government areas of Victoria

This is a list of local government areas (LGAs) in Victoria, sorted by region. Also referred to as municipalities, the 79 Victorian LGAs are classified as cities (34), shires (38), rural cities (6) and boroughs (1). In general, an urban or suburban LGA is called a city and is governed by a City Council, while a rural LGA covering a larger rural area is usually called a shire and is governed by a Shire Council. Local councils have the same administrative functions and similar political structures, regardless of their classification. The sorting of LGAs into regions is for presentation purposes only, and has no legal or administrative significance.

Local government areas sorted by region

Greater Melbourne

Local government area Council seat Region Year est. Land area[1] Population
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km² sq mi Density
(2013)[2] (2018)[2][1]
City of MelbourneMelbourneInner Melbourne12 August 1842 (1842-08-12)37 14 4,550118,357169,96111Capital city of Victoria.
City of Port PhillipSt KildaInner Melbourne22 June 1994 (1994-06-22)21 8 5,466102,156113,2007Amalgamation of the cities of St Kilda, South Melbourne and Port Melbourne.
City of StonningtonMalvernInner Melbourne22 June 1994 (1994-06-22)26 10 4,530103,487116,2079Amalgamation of the cities of Malvern and Prahran
City of YarraRichmondInner Melbourne22 June 1994 (1994-06-22)20 8 5,04183,96298,5219Amalgamation of the cities of Richmond, Collingwood, Fitzroy and Northcote.
City of BanyuleGreensboroughMetropolitan Melbourne15 December 1994 (1994-12-15)63 24 2,083125,314130,2377Amalgamation of the City of Heidelberg and parts of the Shire of Diamond Valley and the Shire of Eltham.
City of BaysideSandringhamMetropolitan Melbourne15 December 1994 (1994-12-15)37 14 2,84198,252105,7187Amalgamation of cities of Brighton and Sandringham and parts of the cities of Mordialloc and Moorabbin.
City of BoroondaraCamberwellMetropolitan Melbourne22 June 1994 (1994-06-22)60 23 3,013170,485181,28910Amalgamation of the cities of Camberwell, Kew and Hawthorn.
City of DarebinPrestonMetropolitan Melbourne22 June 1994 (1994-06-22)54 21 3,022147,272161,6099Amalgamation of the cities of Northcote and Preston.
City of Glen EiraCaulfield NorthMetropolitan Melbourne15 December 1994 (1994-12-15)39 15 3,977141,260153,8589Amalgamation of the city of Caulfield and parts of the city of Morabbin.
City of Hobsons BayAltonaMetropolitan Melbourne22 June 1994 (1994-06-22)64 25 1,50289,18896,4707Amalgamation of the City of Williamstown and the City of Altona
City of KingstonCheltenhamMetropolitan Melbourne15 December 1994 (1994-12-15)91 35 1,789152,336163,4319Amalgamation of the City of Chelsea and parts of the City of Mordialloc, City of Moorabbin, City of Oakleigh and City of Springvale.
City of ManninghamDoncasterMetropolitan Melbourne15 December 1994 (1994-12-15)113 44 1,107118,357125,5089
City of MaribyrnongFootscrayMetropolitan Melbourne15 December 1994 (1994-12-15)31 12 2,92779,78291,3877Amalgamation of the City of Footscray and parts of the City of Sunshine.
City of MonashGlen WaverleyMetropolitan Melbourne15 December 1994 (1994-12-15)82 32 2,455183,255200,07711The city was formed from the merger of the City of Oakleigh and the City of Waverley.
City of Moonee ValleyMoonee PondsMetropolitan Melbourne15 December 1994 (1994-12-15)43 17 2,741115,464127,8839Amalgamation of the City of Essendon and parts of the City of Keilor
City of MorelandCoburgMetropolitan Melbourne22 June 1994 (1994-06-22)51 20 3,567160,282181,72511Amalgamation of the City of Brunswick, City of Coburg and part of the City of Broadmeadows
City of WhitehorseNunawadingMetropolitan Melbourne15 December 1994 (1994-12-15)64 25 2,741162,081176,19610Amalgamation of the City of Box Hill and city of Nunawading
City of BrimbankSunshineOuter Metropolitan15 December 1994 (1994-12-15)123 47 1,691196,169208,71411Amalgamation of the cities of Keilor and Sunshine
Shire of CardiniaOfficerOuter Metropolitan15 December 1994 (1994-12-15)1,283 495 8484,591107,1209Amalgamation of the Shire of Pakenham, City of Cranbourne and parts of the Shire of Sherbrooke
City of CaseyNarre WarrenOuter Metropolitan15 December 1994 (1994-12-15)409 158 831278,023340,41911Amalgamation of the City of Berwick with parts of the Shire of Cranbourne
City of FrankstonFrankstonOuter Metropolitan15 December 1994 (1994-12-15)130 50 1,095134,351141,8459
City of Greater DandenongDandenongOuter Metropolitan15 December 1994 (1994-12-15)130 50 1,282148,502166,09411Amalgamation of the City of Springvale and City of Dandenong
City of HumeBroadmeadowsOuter Metropolitan15 December 1994 (1994-12-15)504 195 445184,873224,39411
City of KnoxWantirna SouthOuter Metropolitan16 October 1963 (1963-22-16)114 44 1,433156,347163,2039
City of MaroondahRingwood EastOuter Metropolitan15 December 1994 (1994-12-15)61 24 1,913109,781117,4989Amalgamation of the City of Ringwood and City of Croydon
City of MeltonMeltonOuter Metropolitan16 September 1862 (1862-09-16)528 204 297123,936156,7137
Shire of Mornington PeninsulaRosebudOuter Metropolitan15 December 1994 (1994-12-15)724 280 229154,001165,82211Amalgamation of the shires of Flinders, Hastings and Mornington.
Shire of NillumbikGreensboroughOuter Metropolitan15 December 1994 (1994-12-15)432 167 15063,17464,9417
City of WhittleseaSouth MorangOuter Metropolitan12 December 1862 (1862-12-12)490 189 456179,272223,32211
City of WyndhamWerribeeOuter Metropolitan6 October 1862 (1862-10-06)542 209 471190,211255,32211
Shire of Yarra RangesLilydaleOuter Metropolitan15 December 1994 (1994-12-15)2,468 953 64150,902158,1739Amalgamation of parts of the Shire of Lillydale, Shire of Healesville, Shire of Upper Yarra and parts of the Shire of Sherbrooke.


Local government area Council seat Year est. Land area[1] Population
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km² sq mi (2013)[2] (2018)[2][1]
Colac Otway ShireColac19943,438 1,32721,03521,5037
Golden Plains ShireBannockburn19942,703 1,04420,36223,1207
City of Greater GeelongGeelong19931,248 482223,357252,21713
Borough of QueenscliffeQueenscliff18638.6 33,0022,9825
Surf Coast ShireTorquay19941,553 60028,22832,2519

Central Highlands and Goldfields

Local government area Council seat Year est. Land area[1] Population
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km² sq mi (2013)[2] (2018)[2][1]
City of BallaratBallarat1994739 28598,344107,3259
Shire of Central GoldfieldsMaryborough19951,533 59212,81513,2097
City of Greater BendigoBendigo19943,000 1,158105,957116,0459
Shire of HepburnDaylesford19951,473 56915,02215,8127
Shire of LoddonWedderburn19956,696 2,5857,5187,5135
Shire of Macedon RangesKyneton19941,748 67544,59549,3889
Shire of MitchellBroadford19942,862 1,10537,78844,2999
Shire of MooraboolBallan19942,111 81530,41034,1587
Shire of Mount AlexanderCastlemaine19951,530 59118,24719,5147

Goulburn Valley

Local government area Council seat Year est. Land area[1] Population
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km² sq mi (2013)[2] (2018)[2][1]
Shire of CampaspeEchuca19944,519 1,74537,21337,5929
City of Greater SheppartonShepparton19942,422 93563,24466,0077
Shire of MoiraCobram19634,046 1,56225,40129,7999
Shire of StrathbogieEuroa19943,303 1,2759,11910,6457


Local government area Council seat Year est. Land area[1] Population
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km² sq mi (2013)[2] (2018)[2][1]
Alpine ShireBright19944,788 1,84912,28312,7307
Rural City of BenallaBenalla20022,353 90813,87814,0247
Shire of IndigoBeechworth19942,040 78815,60516,4907
Shire of MansfieldMansfield20023,844 1,4848,2768,9795
Shire of MurrindindiAlexandra19943,880 1,49813,56314,4787
Shire of TowongTallangatta19946,675 2,5775,9616,0545
Rural City of WangarattaWangaratta19973,645 1,40727,65029,0877
City of WodongaWodonga1876433 16737,57541,4297


Local government area Council seat Year est. Land area[1] Population
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km² sq mi (2013)[2] (2018)[2][1]
Bass Coast ShireWonthaggi1994866 33431,33135,3277
Shire of Baw BawWarragul19944,028 1,55545,62752,0159
Shire of East GippslandBairnsdale199420,940 8,08543,80946,8189
City of LatrobeMorwell19941,426 55174,12475,2119
South Gippsland ShireLeongatha19943,435 1,32628,27329,5799
Shire of WellingtonSale199410,817 4,17642,72144,0199

Western District

Local government area Council seat Year est. Land area[1] Population
Notes Map
km² sq mi (2013)[2] (2018)[2][1]
Rural City of AraratArarat19944,211 1,62611,49011,7957
Corangamite ShireCamperdown19944,408 1,70216,41016,1407
Shire of GlenelgPortland19946,219 2,40119,79719,6657
Shire of MoynePort Fairy19945,482 2,11716,43116,8877
Pyrenees ShireBeaufort19943,435 1,3266,9387,3535
Shire of Southern GrampiansHamilton19946,654 2,56916,35516,1357
City of WarrnamboolWarrnambool1855121 4733,42334,8627


Local government area Council seat Year est. Land area[1] Population
Notes Map
km² sq mi (2013)[2] (2018)[2][1]
Shire of HindmarshNhill19957,524 2,9055,8525,6456
Rural City of HorshamHorsham19954,267 1,64719,69419,8757
Shire of Northern GrampiansStawell19955,730 2,21211,88011,4317
Shire of West WimmeraEdenhope19959,108 3,5174,1243,8625
Shire of YarriambiackWarracknabeal19957,326 2,8297,0326,6587

The Mallee

Local government area Council seat Year est. Land area[1] Population
Notes Map
km² sq mi (2013)[2] (2018)[2][1]
Shire of BulokeWycheproof19958,000 3,0896,3886,1847
Shire of GannawarraKerang19953,735 1,44210,52610,5477
Rural City of MilduraMildura199522,083 8,52653,15655,5159
Rural City of Swan HillSwan Hill19956,115 2,36121,00320,7597

See also


  1. "3218.0 – Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2017-18: Population Estimates by Local Government Area (ASGS 2018), 2017 to 2018". Australian Bureau of Statistics. Australian Bureau of Statistics. 27 March 2019. Retrieved 25 October 2019. Estimated resident population, 30 June 2018.
  2. "People: Population: ERP by LGA (ASGS 2018), 2001 to 2018". ABS.Stat. Australian Bureau of Statistics. 27 March 2019. Retrieved 29 November 2019.

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