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Borough of Queenscliffe

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The Borough of Queenscliffe is the smallest local government area in Victoria, covering just under 11 square kilometres. It is formed by the seaside villages of Queenscliff and Point Lonsdale, as well as Swan Bay.

The predominantly urban Borough was created in May 1863 and has remained in existence since that time. It is the only Borough in Victoria and the only local government area that has not been subject to amalgamation. Queenscliff was first and foremost built for Government purposes. It provided postal, customs, health and telegraph services, lighthouse and signal services, military and defence establishments and the sea pilots service. There are many significant historical buildings within the Borough that contribute to the community's distinctive built environment. Well-preserved heritage buildings are one of the key tourism assets for Queenscliff. As well as being of high ecological value, the foreshore and marine environments contribute to urban and landscape character, which attracts many people to the area.

The Borough of Queenscliffe community is close-knit. It enjoys a highly active community life through volunteering, event attendance and a vibrant social scene.

Queenscliffe is part of the Small Shire council grouping and can be compared with similar councils. More information on council groupings can be found here.


Point Lonsdale, Queenscliff and Swan Island.

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

Community Satisfaction

Borough of Queenscliffe Local Government Community Satisfaction Survey Results

Annual Report


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5 Councillors elected in October 2016.

Unsubdivided - Cr Donnie Grigau

Unsubdivided - Cr Susan Salter

Unsubdivided - Cr Ross Ebbels - Mayor

Unsubdivided - Cr Michael Grout

Unsubdivided - Cr Fleur Hewitt

Population data

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

  • 2016 3,018 
  • 2021 2,995 
  • 2026 3,025 
  • 2031 3,061 


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.

  2019-20 2018-19 2017-18 2016-17 2015-16 2014-15 2013-14 2012-13 2011-12 2010-11
Recurrent Expenditure ($) 10.896m 10.443m 10.540m 10.014m 9.864m 10.849m 9.543m 9.039m 7.755m 7.065m
Recurrent Revenue ($) 12.302m 14.699m 11.743m 10.262m 11.067m 11.476m 11.585m 10.523m 10.014m 8.574m
- Rates and Charges 7.395m 7.176m 6.927m 6.816m 6.566m 6.183m 5.874m 5.588m 5.357m 5.099m
- VGC Grants 0.486m 0.271m 0.268m 0.247m 0.252m 0.255m 0.255m 0.252m 0.280m 0.240m
Non-Recurrent Government Grants
Recurrent Government Grants

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