Property Report

Business demographics

Located along Port Phillip bay in Melbourne’s inner-southern suburbs between 2 and 8 kilometres from the Melbourne CBD, the City of Port Phillip has a population of over 112,000 residents, more than 21,000 business that provide over 97,000 jobs.

City Snapshot

Port Phillip is located on the northern shore of Port Phillip Bay, south of the Melbourne Central Business District, Victoria, Australia.

One of the oldest areas of Melbourne, Port Phillip is known for its many dynamic urban villages, a foreshore which stretches for over 11 km, cultural diversity, magnificent heritage buildings, artistic expressions and beautiful parks and gardens.

Port Phillip is well served by a number of varied and substantial retail, entertainment and leisure precincts. These include Bay Street (Port Melbourne), Clarendon Street (South Melbourne), Fitzroy and Acland Streets (St Kilda) and Carlisle Street (Balaclava).

Suburbs in the City of Port Phillip

The suburbs that make up the City of Port Phillip are listed below.

SuburbPost code
Albert Park, Middle Park3206
Balaclava, East St Kilda3183
Elwood3184
Port Melbourne, Garden City3207
Ripponlea3185
South Melbourne3205
St Kilda Road, Melbourne3004
St Kilda, St Kilda South, St Kilda West 3182
Windsor3181

Note: some suburbs cross the municipal boundary.

Neighbourhoods

Port Phillip is home to nine distinct neighbourhoods that members of the community identify with, especially in terms of where they live. We use the neighbourhood model to manage the delivery of council services and development of community strategies for the purposes of community consultation.

Neighbourhoods are different to municipal wards. The Port Phillip municipality is divided into wards for democratic purposes. Three councillors are elected in each of the three wards to represent those residents and businesses.

To foster the democratic concept of representative government, there is approximately the same number of people/voters in each ward. Ward boundaries are periodically reviewed to ensure this.

Neighbourhoods, on the other hand, are local areas for which part of the community feel an affiliation. There is a clear desire from the Port Phillip community to maintain and enhance the diversity and special qualities of the various neighbourhoods.

In recognising this, the City of Port Phillip endeavours to be responsive to the needs of neighbourhood communities, and conducts services and activities on a neighbourhood basis.

Community profile

The City of Port Phillip community profile is based on the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), Census of Population and Housing, 2021.

The Community Profile provides valuable information to inform Council, local community groups, businesses, investors, students and the general public about population trends and demographics in Port Phillip. Data is available for the city as a whole and for each of the municipality’s suburbs and neighbourhoods.

The profile presents Census data in simple, clear tables and charts with concise, factual commentary.

Social atlas

The social atlas is a suite of interactive maps of key socio-demographic characteristics for Port Phillip, based on Census data. Each map shows the distribution of target populations to identify spatial patterns and trends.

Population and household forecasts

The Port Phillip population and household forecasts are designed to provide insight into local community characteristics and how they are likely to change into the future. It outlines the drivers of population change and forecasts how population, age structure and household types will change over time.

The data is available from 2016 to 2041 and is broken down into the neighbourhoods. The forecasts will be updated to include 2021 Census data in early 2023.

Economic profile

The Port Phillip economic profile presents information around population, jobs, local businesses and industries, and employment. The information can be explored within the City’s broader sense as well as for each neighbourhood.

The information presented is derived from official sources of information such as the Australian Bureau of Statistics, as well as Australia’s leading economic modellers, NIEIR. The latest data from each series is always presented on this site.