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The City of Port Phillip is a vibrant municipality, where the city meets the sea. 

One of the oldest areas of Melbourne, Port Phillip is known for its urban villages, beautiful gardens and beaches; its architecture, from contemporary forms to magnificent heritage buildings; and its inclusive, diverse community celebrated for its bold, artistic expressions.

Located on 11 km of foreshore at the northern edge of Port Phillip Bay and south of the Melbourne central business district, the city features some of Victoria's most popular and innovative cultural events, recreational facilities, restaurants and entertainment venues. These features have resulted in increased residential redevelopment in recent times. Significant business areas include the St Kilda Road office district and industrial, warehousing and manufacturing districts in South Melbourne and Port Melbourne.

Port Philip is part of the Metropolitan council grouping and can be compared with similar councils. More information on council groupings can be found here


Albert Park, Balaclava, Elwood, Garden City, Melbourne, Middle Park, Port Melbourne, Ripponlea, South Melbourne, Southbank, St Kilda, St Kilda East, St Kilda West and Windsor.

For a detailed map showing shire boundaries and locality names, visit VICNAMES.

Community Satisfaction

Port Phillip City Council Local Government Community Satisfaction Survey Results

Annual Report

Port Phillip City Council Annual Report 2018/19


Port Phillip City Council is a subdivided municipality consisting of 3 wards and 9 Councillors. 

Councillors are elected through preferential voting. Since 2008, all Victorian Councillors serve a four year term. The next general election is in October 2020. 

Visit the Guide for more information on Council Elections.
Visit the Victorian Electoral Commission for more elections details.


9 Councillors elected in October 2016.

Canal - Cr Tim Baxter

Canal - Cr Louise Crawford 

Canal - Cr Dick Gross 

Gateway - Cr Bernadene Voss - Mayor

Gateway - Cr Marcus Pearl

Gateway - Cr Ogy Simic

Lake - Cr Andrew Bond

Lake - Cr David Brand

Lake - Cr Katherine Copsey

Population data

Estimated resident population. Source: Victoria in Future 2016 - Population and Household Projections to 2031

  • 2016 109,103 
  • 2021 118,903 
  • 2026 131,007 
  • 2031 143,081 


Source: Victoria Grants Commission.
The figures in the bottom two rows of the table show combined one-off and ongoing funding received by council from both the Federal and State Governments. It is important to note that this amount can change significantly from year to year as individual government funding programs change and natural events such as fires and floods occur.

Data shows the amount allocated in respect of the relevant financial year. In some years, that amount will vary from the payments received that year, as a result of the Commonwealth "bringing forward" some payments.

  2018-19 2017-18 2016-17 2015-16 2014-15 2013-14 2012-13 2011-12 2010-11 2009-10
Recurrent Expenditure ($) 218.485m 216.454m 197.258m 186.092m 178.397m 177.344m 159.381m 161.272m 144.452m 143.754m
Recurrent Revenue ($) 231.057m 221.484m 210.301m 195.670m 182.305m 214.955m 177.388m 161.107m 149.854m 142.454m
- Rates and Charges 125.324m 121.119m 117.192m 113.146m 106.759m 100.957m 95.213m 88.581m 82.499m 78.901m
- VGC Grants 2.724m 2.641m 2.550m 2.527m 2.506m 2.491m 2.352m 2.313m 2.221m 2.085m
Non-Recurrent Government Grants
Recurrent Government Grants

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