Growth statistics

Estimated Resident Population

The Estimated Resident Population (ERP) is the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ official population figure for all Local Government Areas (LGAs) in 2023. 

The population estimate for the City of Melton as of 2023 was 206,070. 

Population growth

The Australian Bureau of Statistics regularly releases regional data on various factors of population change (birth, deaths and migration). 

Some highlights from the data released in April 2024 include:

  • The City of Melton is the fourth largest-growing municipality in Australia with an annual population growth of 6.61 per cent.
  • City of Melton is the second fastest growing Local Government Area in Victoria.
  • The Rockbank - Mount Cottrell has Australia's largest growth with an increase of 22,960 people.
  • The Fraser Rise - Plumpton had the fourth highest growth rate in Australia and increased by 16,420 people or 26.4 per cent.

The Estimated Resident Population (ERP) from the Australian Bureau of Statistics tells us that the City of Melton population growth equates to the following increases:

    Year        Week (Average)           Day (Average)  
People 12,785                   246 35
Families                    4,124 79 11
Babies 3337 64 9


Population forecast

Melton City Council engages data experts Informed Decisions (.id) annually to update our population forecast (or projection). The projection is called ''. 

According to, The City of Melton population is projected to grow to 440,142 by 2051.

View City of Melton's forecasts and find out more about the drivers of population change now and into the future.