An inclusive, diverse, healthy and socially connected community

The Greater Geelong community values

  • Access to quality education, health services and affordable housing;
  • A strong sense of community;
  • Support for vulnerable community members;
  • A range of employment opportunities.

Success will be achieved by

  • Young people connected to local decision-making;
  • Public areas and local services that are accessible to all levels of ability;
  • A variety of affordable options for people to rent or buy a home;
  • Support for the most vulnerable community members;
  • Local participation opportunities for new arrivals to the city-region;
  • Equity in the provision of community infrastructure;
  • Support for Wadawurrung leaders to ensure their connections to the city-region are maintained, and their connection to the community is strengthened.


Barwon Health - University Hospital Geelong

Latest project


Youth Council

The City has encouraged a new voice for young people with the creation of the first Youth Council.

The new Youth Council is made up of 12 young people aged between 12 and 17 years old, includes three representatives from each of the four council wards.

Initial priorities for the Youth Council include social and community connections, mental health and wellbeing, and capability (such as skill development, education and employment). The young people will provide advice to the Council on specific issues, plan and run a Youth Summit and provide advice on priority work for the Youth Development Unit.

The introduction of a Youth Council was one of the recommendations of the Citizens’ Jury and the initiative comes on top of further youth development programs aimed at skill development, employment, mental health and wellbeing and leadership. Programs include DRUMBEAT, Girls Go Extreme and teen mental health first aid.

Read more about the Geelong Youth Council.





Measures of success

Indicator Current data

Social equity – No Greater Geelong suburbs in the bottom 20% of the Index of Relative Socio-Economic Disadvantage (IRSD).

Source: Census of Population and Housing, Australian Bureau of Statistics. Frequency of data: Every four years
13 Greater Geelong state suburbs are in the bottom 20% of the Socio-Economic Index of IRSD (SEIFA) in comparison across Victoria (2016 and 2011).

Accessibility to public places – 100% of public places in Greater Geelong are disability access compliant.

Source: To be determined
Measure to be determined

Employment in areas of disadvantage – Workforce participation in the most vulnerable suburbs is higher than the state average.

Source: Census of Population and Housing, Australian Bureau of Statistics. Frequency of data: Every five years
All 13 suburbs in the bottom 20% of the Socio-Economic Index of IRSD (SEIFA) have a lower workforce participation rate than Victoria (2016 and 2011).

Citizen engagement – More than 80% of residents that feel they ‘sometimes’ or ‘definitely’ have opportunities to have a real say on important matters.

Source: Victorian Population Health Survey. Frequency of data: Every four years
75.2% (2014)

Social support – More than 80% of residents feel they can ‘sometimes’ or ‘definitely’ get help from neighbours.

Source: Victorian Population Health Survey. Frequency of data: Every four years
77.9% (2014)

Self reported health – Over 50% of residents reporting their health as very good or excellent.

Source: Geelong Preventative Health Survey, City of Greater Geelong. Frequency of data: Every four years
59% (2017)


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We would love to hear from people about their individual or organisational work, and how it is contributing, or will in future contribute to the city-region’s clever and creative future.

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