Overview of East Melbourne

East Melbourne is an established area to the east of the central city, home to many 19th century homes, iconic landmarks and the heritage listed Fitzroy, Treasury and Parliament gardens.

Parliament House, the Old Treasury Building and St Patrick’s Cathedral are located in the west of the neighbourhood. To the south, East Melbourne encompasses Melbourne’s Sports and Entertainment Precinct, including Melbourne Park, AAMI Park and the world-famous Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Terrace housing is common in East Melbourne’s leafy streets, alongside remnant mansions, some of which are listed on the Victorian Heritage Register, and a growing number of residential apartment developments.

East Melbourne has a large health services industry with many medical practitioners locating in the area due to its proximity to local hospitals, including The Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, Freemasons Hospital and Peter MacCallum Cancer Institute.

East Melbourne in the City of Melbourne

Features of East Melbourne

Buildings

Population: Residential 4,941; number of businesses 636.

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 infographics

Residents: Age (median years) 40; youth (12-25 years) 12%.

People infographics

Residents: Older (60+ years) 25%; born overseas 26%.

Language infographics

Residents: Main overseas country of birth: England 4%; speaks a language other than English (LOTE) at home 14%.

Learning infographics

Residents: Main non-English language spoken: Mandarin 2%; attending a tertiary education institution 10%.

Work infographics

Residents: Main occupation - professionals 52%; main work travel method: walked only 27%.

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

House infographics

Households: Occupied private dwellings 2,165; average household size (persons) 1.9; weekly household income (median) $2,418.

Money infographics

Households: Low income households (less than $650 p.w.) 8%; high income households (more than $2,500 p.w.) 40%.

Living infographics

Households: Family households 51%; lone person households 40%.

House infographics

Households: Renting 55%; living in a flat or apartment 75%.

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

Employment infographics

Top three employment types: Arts and Recreation Services 5,964 21.1%; Health Care and Social Assistance 5,104 18%; Food and Beverage Service 4,888 17.3%.

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 infographics

Jobs by status: Full time 13,160 46.5%; part time 4,208 14.9%.

Calendar infographics

Jobs by status: Casual 10,255 36.2%; contract 701 2.5%.

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)

Office infographics

Land use (Percentage of total neighbourhood – list not exhaustive): Office 7.9%; Residential apartment 7.2%; Parking - Commercial and Private 7.5%.

Entertainment infographics

Land use: Public Open Space 28.3%; Sports and Recreation - Outdoor 6.3%; Indoor Entertainment 5.3%.

Entertainment infographics

Land use: Retail 0.3%; Commercial Accommodation 1.9%; Educational/Research 0.3%.

Entertainment infographics

Land use: Storage/Wholesale 0.3%; Performances, Conferences, Ceremonies 0.6%.

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 infographics

Development activity (major new commercial and residential property development): Developments 1; Residential dwellings 0; Student accommodation 0; Hotel/serviced apartments 0.

Building infographics

Development activity: Developments 5; Residential dwellings 99; Student accommodation 0; Hotel/serviced apartments 0.

Building infographics

Development activity: Office space 0; Retail space 0.

Building infographics

Development activity: Office space 29,275; Retail space 1,656.

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 East Melbourne

Community Facilities and Local Amenities (list not exhaustive)
  • Headstart Early Learning East Melbourne Powlett Reserve Children’s
  • Centre Yarra Park Children’s Centre
  • Australian Catholic University
  • East Melbourne Library
  • Cooks Cottage
  • National Sports Museum
  • Epworth Freemasons Hospital
  • Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital
  • St Vincent’s Health Australia
  • St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne
  • Peter MacCallum Cancer Institute
  • Fitzroy Gardens
  • Treasury Gardens
  • Powlett Reserve
  • Gosch’s Paddock
  • Burston Reserve
  • Burton Reserve
  • Spring Street Common
  • Wellington Parade Conservatory Darling Square
  • Giliot Reserve
  • Gordon Reserve
  • Jolimont Reserve
  • Batman Avenue Open Space
  • Parliament Gardens
  • Wellington Crescent Recreational Area St Andrews Place Reserve
  • Stapley Parade Reserve
  • Weedon Reserve
  • Wellington Park
  • AAMI Park
  • Richmond Football Club Oval
  • Gosch’s Paddock Oval
  • Melbourne And Olympic Parks Trust
  • Melbourne Cricket Ground
  • Olympic Park Oval
  • Powlett Reserve Tennis Centre
  • Rod Laver Arena
  • Parliament Train Station
  • Jolimont Train Station
  • Tram routes 11, 12, 30, 109, 48, 75
  • Bus routes 905, 906, 907, 908

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)

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.

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