The Council Plan 2021–25 describes the community’s long-term vision for Melbourne and shows how the Council will strive towards that vision and the health and wellbeing focus areas during its four-year term.

Consultation on the draft Council Plan 2021-25 closed on Tuesday 15 June.

The final Council Plan/Budget/Rating and Revenue Plan were endorsed by Council on Tuesday 29 June.

Read the Council Plan

Our Community Vision is to be a city of possibility. To achieve this, we will focus on the following six strategic objectives over the next four years:

  • Economy of the future
    We will focus on driving economic recovery and creating the conditions for a strong, adaptive, sustainable and thriving future city economy supported by a diverse mix of industries and jobs that provide dignity and opportunity.
  • Melbourne's unique identity and place
    We will celebrate and protect the places, people and cultures that make Melbourne a unique, vibrant and creative city with world-leading liveability.
  • Aboriginal Melbourne
    For the Wurundjeri, Bunurong, Taungurung, Dja Dja Wurrung and Wadawurrung peoples of the Eastern Kulin, the place now known as Melbourne has always been an important meeting place and location for events of political, cultural, social and educational significance. Over the next four years, we will ensure that First Peoples’ culture, lore, knowledge, and heritage enrich the city’s growth and development.
  • Climate and biodiversity emergency
    We will prioritise our environment and take urgent action to reduce emissions and waste in order to protect public health, strengthen the economy and create a city that mitigates and adapts to climate change. City of Melbourne declared a climate and biodiversity emergency in 2019.
  • Access and affordability
    We will reduce economic and social inequality by ensuring universal access to housing, core services and information.
  • Safety and wellbeing
    We will plan and design for the safety and wellbeing of those who live, visit, work and do business in Melbourne, regardless of their background.

Over the past year, we have spoken with the community about what they value most about the city, and their aspirations for the future.

A summary of insights from the community engagement process was presented to councillors. This has informed the draft Council Plan.

Community members shape City of Melbourne’s Council Plan 2021–25

In March 2021, the City of Melbourne spoke to more than 1600 people who live, work, study, visit or own a business in the municipality to identify and prioritise the community aspirations that were most important to them and why. This included what matters most about their health and wellbeing. Their insights informed the new four-year Council Plan 2021–25.

Public consultation on draft Council Plan 2021-25

The draft Council Plan 2021-25 was released for public consultation on Tuesday 25 May. Feedback was available via an online survey and consultation closed as of midnight Tuesday 15 June.

The final Council Plan/Budget/Rating and Revenue Plan were endorsed by Council on Tuesday 29 June.

To view the feedback received from the community, you can access the meeting notes and watch a livestream from the 29 June meeting.

Our planning framework describes how we strive to realise the community’s aspirations. through a cascading hierarchy of long and medium-term plans and resourcing decisions. It also includes a continual process of implementation, monitoring and review.

The plan is shaped by the voice of the community and incorporates:

Consultation closed



  • Timeline item 1 - complete

    Understanding the current state of our city, challenges and opportunities

    Identifying initial community aspirations through engagement on the COVID-19 Reactivation and Recovery Plan.

    September 2020

  • Timeline item 2 - complete

    Community consultation on the Community Vision and Health and Wellbeing Plan

    1 to 27 March 2021

  • Timeline item 3 - complete

    ​Public release of the draft Council Plan 2021–25 for community consultation

    This incorporates the Community Vision and Health and Wellbeing Plan.

    6pm Tuesday 25 May to midnight Tuesday 15 June

  • Timeline item 4 - complete

    Special Future Melbourne Committee

    To hear community feedback on draft Council Plan 2021–25, draft Budget 2021–22 and draft Revenue and Rating Plan

    2.45pm, 29 June 2021

  • Timeline item 5 - complete

    ​Final Council endorsement

    Council Plan 2021–25 (incorporating the Community Vision and Health and Wellbeing Plan), alongside the Budget 2021-22, Economic Development Strategy and Revenue and Rating Plan 2021–25 are presented to Council for endorsement.

    5.30pm, 29 June 2021

Council Plan and Budget

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