Key documents


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Population growth in Victoria and Melbourne is the most pressing challenge and opportunity, of this and the next generation. Victoria is currently growing by 100,000 people a year with 92 per cent of these new Victorians moving to Greater Melbourne.

Having a clear strategy to deal with this growth is vital to the future of Victoria and for future generations of Victoria. Continuing to manage growth for the next thirty years as we have for the past thirty years is unsustainable.

The Liberal National Coalition is committed to tackling this issue head on by developing a clear strategy to manage population growth across the state, including how we best incentivise our regions to grow and encourage people to live and work in regional Victoria.

The Taskforce is Chaired by Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Population Policy, Tim Smith MP. The Taskforce will include experts across of a range of areas relevant to the Taskforce’s Terms of Reference.


The Taskforce will consider how to best manage the growth of Victoria’s population over the next 30 to 40 years and what policy and other mechanisms should be considered in managing that growth.

Key issues of relevance include:

  • Growing the entire state through regionalisation
  • Jobs and economic development
  • Housing, housing affordability and urban planning
  • Provision of services
  • Transport, connectivity and infrastructure including tackling congestion
  • Sustainability
  • Maintaining Victoria as the most liveable place in the world


The Taskforce Chair and Coalition MPs will meet with and take submissions from interested stakeholders over the next six months.

The Taskforce will release a discussion paper in the second half of 2016.


folder An Australian Population Policy
Parliamentary Library Research Paper 17, 1996-97
folder Plan Melbourne discussion paper
Victorian Government, Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, 2012
folder Plan Melbourne final report (PDF – 42.6MB)
Victorian Government, Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, 2014
folder Urban Public Transport: Updated Trends: Information Sheet 59
Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development, 2014
folder Long-term Trends in Urban Public Transport: Information Sheet 60
Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development, 2014
folder Traffic Monitor 2012-13
VicRoads, 2014
folder 2015 Intergenerational Report
Australian Government, Department of Treasury and Finance, 2015
folder Housing Occupancy and Costs, 2013-14
Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2015
folder Australian Infrastructure Plan: Priorities and Reforms for Our Nation’s Future
Infrastructure Australia, 2016
folder All Thing Considered Consultation Report
Infrastructure Victoria, 2016
folder Victoria in Future 2016: Population and Household Projections to 2051
Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, 2016
folder InterCity: How Regional Rail Can Re-balance Population Growth and Create a “State of Cities” in Victoria
Rail Futures Institute, 2016
folder Australian Demographic Statistics: March Quarter 2016
Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2016



The Report of the Taskforce is due to be released in 2017.

To make a submission to the Taskforce, please visit our Submissions Page or send it to:

Victorian Population Policy Taskforce
1/400 High Street
Kew Victoria 3101


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