Our Region

The BHP4W catchment area (Melbourne’s west) is defined as the local government areas of

Melbourne’s western growth corridor is one of the fastest growing regions in Australia. The residential population growth of 4.3% per annum in Melbourne’s west between the 2006 Census and the 2011 Census was almost double Victoria’s entire population growth rate for the same period.

The ABS 2016 Census estimates Melbourne’s western population at 834,621 people, up 16.5% from 2011. 

Along with high population growth, Melbourne western region is characterised by pockets of

The region has a younger average population than the state, and a high presence of young families. More than 30% of the population is born outside of Australia, with at least 110 different languages spoken – about 8% of the population having poor or no English proficiency, compared to the national average of 2.6%.

Regional Population Health Planning

Key regional organisations in the west have prepared population health profiles of the community in Melbourne’s west. Please note that these organisations vary in their specific catchment boundaries:

Victorian Government Population Health Planning

The Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008 requires the Minister for Health to prepare a State public health and wellbeing plan every four years which outlines the government’s key priorities to improve the health and wellbeing of all Victorians, particularly the most disadvantaged.

The health and wellbeing priorities for 2015–2019 are:

Council’s Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plans

The Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008 requires all Victorian Councils to produce a four-year Municipal Health and Wellbeing Plan or include health and wellbeing matters in their council plans. Each Council’s Plan is developed and implemented in partnership with the community and other local organisations.