The purpose of this survey is to seek the community’s view on the vision and goals of the City of Melbourne’s existing community plan, Future Melbourne 2008.

The City of Melbourne is sponsoring a refresh of the plan in light of significant changes that have occurred in the city municipality over the past eight years, as well as the driving forces over the next decade. Your feedback via this survey will support this refresh of the Future Melbourne Plan.

All community feedback will be summarised and provided to a citizen’s jury, and the Future Melbourne Ambassadors in May, to inform their deliberation.

To help complete the survey you can view the Future Melbourne 2008 goals and future trends using the tabs below.

The survey will only take a few minutes to complete and your feedback is confidential and anonymous. Please provide your feedback by midnight, Thursday, 31 March 2016.

The results of the survey will be posted in aggregate form to the Future Melbourne site in May 2016.


The Future Melbourne Survey closed on 1 April 2016.



A city for people

A city for people welcomes all. It is accessible, inclusive, safe and engaging and promotes health and wellbeing, participation and social justice. A city for people has political, religious and intellectual freedom that nurtures a rich and dynamic culture. It respects, celebrates, and embraces human diversity. People of all ages and abilities feel secure and empowered in a city for people. Streets, buildings and open spaces are alive with people. - Future Melbourne 2008

A creative city

A creative city allows for and encourages risk taking and initiative. It embraces Indigenous history and culture, builds on its heritage and its freedom, and allows people to experiment and innovate. It is bold and inspirational, fostering uniqueness and invention, and demonstrating leadership. - Future Melbourne 2008

A prosperous city

In a prosperous city, entrepreneurs and businesses thrive and people share their wealth. A prosperous city has a global focus with state of the art infrastructure and services, a highly skilled workforce and affordable business accommodation. A prosperous city shares its knowledge and mentors emerging businesses. It promotes connections and collaborations and attracts global investment and visitors. A prosperous city is stimulating and safe with a vibrant calendar of national and international sporting and cultural events. - Future Melbourne 2008

A knowledge city

In a knowledge city, the collective power of mind and experience drives the city’s prosperity, its ability to compete globally and the quality of life its people enjoy. It supports a well-resourced education and scientific research system producing a highly skilled and talented workforce and a culture of innovation. It has a vibrant, collaborative and city-based lifelong learning culture. This is supported and amplified by a universal and dynamic online culture connecting its people to each other and to the world. - Future Melbourne 2008

An eco-city

An eco-city reduces it ecological footprint to fit within the boundaries of one planet. In an eco-city, people and organisations adapt to a changing climate and gladly act to build a sustainable future. - Future Melbourne 2008


Future Trends

Growth and urban density

More than 122,000 people call the municipality home today and a further 732,000 people visit the central city every day for work and play. Our population is diverse: 38 per cent of our residents speak a language other than English at home.

As more people seek out the cultural, business, education, work and lifestyle opportunities the city offers, the population is expected to continue growing rapidly, with a forecast 38.3 per cent increase in the daily population by the year 2030.

Climate Change

Melbourne’s C02 emissions are currently trending up. If these trends continue, greenhouse gas emissions will grow to around 7.7 million tonnes by 2020 – a 60 per cent increase on 2010 emissions. The largest share of greenhouse gas emissions comes from urban areas — about 70 per cent globally. The World Bank estimates that globally, US$80-100 billion per year of climate adaptation costs will occur in urban areas.

Future economies

The City of Melbourne makes a major contribution to the Victorian and Australian economies. It accounts for 27 per cent of Victoria's Gross State Product and 6 per cent of Australian Gross Domestic Product. There are 438,972 jobs in the municipality.

The biggest industry is the professional, scientific and technical services sector with 70,090 jobs. We know that digital disruption will change the way we work and render some jobs obsolete but we also know that the internet creates 2.6 jobs for each job lost to technology related efficiencies – this is a huge growth opportunity for our city.

Citizens and government

The role of local government is changing. Digital disruption is transforming the relationship between local government and the community. Future Melbourne 2026 will reconsider the possibilities of civic governance, to build a dynamic relationship between the public sector, business and the community.

Digital city

The changing digital landscape brings many challenges and opportunities for our city. New technologies and the impact of digital disruption have been felt across the globe. The impact on our daily lives is profound, affecting the way we work, how we learn and interact with each other. The changing digital landscape also provides incredible opportunities for innovation in our city. Future Melbourne 2026 will look at Melbourne’s digital future and how we can best harness new technology to improve our city for the whole community. Along with many other cities around the world Melbourne is now passing across new digital frontiers into the realm of the Internet of Things, the Internet of Services and widening deployment of Artificial Intelligence.