Overview of Docklands

Docklands is a high density residential, commercial and entertainment focused waterfront neighbourhood located to the west of the city centre around the historic Victoria Harbour and Yarra River Birrarung.

Docklands was once a shipping and light industrial area, but since urban renewal began in the 1990s it has become home to more than 10,000 residents and 58,000 workers. Approximately 60 per cent of Docklands’ residents were born overseas, and the median age is 31. In 2021, a new primary school opened to cater to the growing number of families with school age children.

The waterfront is Docklands’ great asset, an active space servicing approximately 200,000 people per year for charter purposes, recreational activities and on-water events. Docklands is also home to Marvel Stadium, the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel, District Docklands and Library at the Dock, a multi-purpose community hub.

Development Victoria manages this urban renewal project, through partnerships with developers, the Victorian Government and the City of Melbourne.

Docklands in the City of Melbourne

Features of Docklands

Buildings

Population: Residential 10,957; number of businesses 1,216.

Data was sourced from the 2016 Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Census of Population and Housing. To learn more about this data, including definitions, visit: Guide to Census data

people icons

Residents: Age (median years) 31.8; youth (12-25 years) 23%.

People icons

Residents: Older (60+ years) 9%; born overseas 60%.

Language infographics

Residents: Main overseas country of birth: China 16%; speaks a language other than English (LOTE) at home 53%.

Transport icons

Residents: Main non-English language spoken: Mandarin 18%; attending a tertiary education institution 23%.

Learning icons

Residents: Main occupation - professionals 41%; main work travel method: tram 29%.

Data was sourced from the 2016 Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Census of Population and Housing.

Money icons

Households: Occupied private dwellings 4,663; average household size (persons) 2.1; weekly household income (median) $1,870.

Money icons

Households: Low income households (less than $650 p.w.) 18%; high income households (more than $2,500 p.w.) 29%.

Family icons

Households: Family households 54%; lone person households 31%.

House icons

Households: Renting 62%; living in a flat or apartment 97%.

Data was sourced from the 2016 Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Census of Population and Housing.

Finance icons

Top three employment types: Business Services 10,598 15%; Public Administration and Safety 8,154 11%; Finance and Insurance 26,566 37%.

Data was sourced from the 2019 City of Melbourne Census of Land Use and Employment (CLUE). To learn more about this data, including definitions, visit: Census of Land Use and Employment (CLUE)

Calendar icons

Jobs by status: Full time 53,051 73%; part time 6,714 9%.

Calendar icons

Jobs by status: Casual 5,825 8%; contract 7,090 10%.

Data was sourced from the 2019 City of Melbourne Census of Land Use and Employment (CLUE). To learn more about this data, including definitions, visit: Census of Land Use and Employment (CLUE)

Public spaces icons

Land use: Office 18%; Residential Accommodation 16%; Parking - Commercial and Private 16%.

Office icons

Land use: Public Open Space 4%; Sports and Recreation - Outdoor 2%; Indoor Entertainment 2%.

Building icons

Land use: Retail 1%; Commercial Accommodation 2%; Educational/Research 1%.

Building icons

Land use: Storage/Wholesale 0.4%; Performances, Conferences, Ceremonies 0.2%.

Data was sourced from the 2019 City of Melbourne Census of Land Use and Employment (CLUE). To learn more about this data, including definitions, visit: Census of Land Use and Employment (CLUE)

Building icons

Development activity: Developments 5; Residential dwellings 586; Student accommodation 0; Hotel/serviced apartments 189.

Building icons

Development activity: Developments 28; Residential dwellings 7367; Student accommodation 0; Hotel/serviced apartments 978.

Building icons

Development activity: Office space 34,137; Retail space 4,046.

Office icons

Development activity: Office space 168,164; Retail space 15,188.

Data was sourced from the November 2020 City of Melbourne’s Development Activity Monitor (DAM). To learn more about this data, including definitions, visit: Development Activity

Services in Docklands

Community Facilities and Local Amenities
  • Giraffe Early Learning Centre Docklands
  • Kool Kidz@Goods Shed Docklands
  • Little Assets
  • Little Stars @ Southern Cross
  • Penguin Childcare
  • Rogan Family Care
  • Gowrie @ The Harbour
  • Bendigo Kangan Tafe - Automotive Centre Of Excellence
  • Kaplan Business School / International / Professional
  • Open Universities Australia Pty Ltd
  • Boat School
  • BTS Australasia Pty Ltd
  • Calculation
  • Deakin University
  • Linkfluencer
  • SACE Australia
  • The Academy of Interactive Entertainment Limited
  • Total Business Service & Training Pty Ltd
  • Community Hub at the Dock
  • Library at the Dock
  • Melbourne City Marina
  • Yarra’s Edge Community Space
  • The Hub @ Docklands
  • Docklands Community Garden
  • Artvo
  • Victoria Police Museum
  • Dialogue in the Dark
  • Victoria Police
  • Victoria Police - Fingerprint Facility
  • Victoria Police - Recruitment
  • Docklands Family Medical
  • MC Medical & Dental
  • Peak Sports Medicine
  • Victorian Harbour Medical Centre
  • Rob Barassi Senior Park
  • Docklands Community Hub Reserve
  • Point Park
  • Spencer Street Plaza
  • Vicurban – Docklands Park
  • Victoria Green
  • Buluk Park
  • Quay Park
  • Collins Street and Tom Thumb Lane Park
  • Wharfs Landing
  • Marvel Stadium
  • O’Brien Group Arena

Data was sourced from the 2019 City of Melbourne Census of Land Use and Employment (CLUE). To learn more about this data, including definitions, visit: Census of Land Use and Employment (CLUE)

Investments in Docklands

  • Seafarers Rest Park - community consultation and design brief finalised.
  • Cycle infrastructure - new bike lanes
  • Seafarers Rest Park - community consultation and design development

Further information

Please note this profile contains information that was collected prior to the COVID-19 event and may not represent the current situation. The information does, however, provide a baseline which shows where the population was at the time it was collected. Refer to each category to see the source of the data and when the information presented was collected.

Interested in other neighbourhoods?

Explore each neighbourhood that resides within the City of Melbourne municipality.