Community Profile

Significant population growth continues to drive demand for accessible, coordinated and well designed community based care. A planned mix of public and private integrated community facilities are a vital component of creating healthy communities, supporting social inclusion and enhancing the wellbeing of local residents.

Hume Whittlesea PCP works in the Local Government Areas (LGA) of Hume and Whittlesea. These LGAs are amongst the fastest growing populations in Victoria, with a combined projected growth of over 410,000 residents by 2021. The communities that comprise Hume and Whittlesea are diverse and have some parts of significant disadvantage alongside some which are relatively affluent.

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Hume City... At a glance

Situated in Melbourne’s northern interface growth corridor, the City of Hume is one of the fastest growing and largest growth municipalities in Melbourne. From 2011 to 2036, the population is forecast to grow by 79.5%, from around 175,000 to almost 316,000. Hume is the 12th most disadvantaged local government area in Victoria and the third most disadvantaged in Metropolitan Melbourne.

In the City of Hume residents are relatively young in age with a higher proportion of family households compared to Metropolitan Melbourne. Hume city is a culturally diverse population and according to Hume City Health And Wellbeing Plan 2013–2017, 37.9% of the population were born overseas.

The HWPCP acknowledges the Gunung-William-Balluk of the Wurundjeri people as the traditional owners and custodians of this area. In 2011 there were 1,046 Aboriginal people living in Hume municipality.

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City of Whittlesea... At a glance

With the Hume municipality located to its west, the City of Whittlesea in Melbourne’s northern interface growth corridor. The population is expected to exceed 250,000 by 2030, with growth concentrated in the developing areas of Mernda-Doreen, South Morang and Epping North. In 2013, the population of the City of Whittlesea is 165,000 which is projected to increase by 19% by 2017.

The City of Whittlesea has significant socio-economic disadvantage in parts of the municipality. Based on the Index of Relative Socio-Economic Disadvantage (IRSD) score, the City of Whittlesea is the 38th most disadvantaged municipality in the State and is ranked 6th most disadvantaged in metropolitan Melbourne.

The HWPCP acknowledges the Wurundjeri Willam people as the traditional owners and custodians of this area. According to City of Whittlesea Council Plan 2013–2017, the City of Whittlesea has the fourth highest Indigenous population in metropolitan Melbourne.

Approximately 30% of Whittlesea residents are from a country where English is not their first language and this is twice that of the Victorian State average. The most common languages used other than English are Italian, Macedonian, Greek, Arabic and Vietnamese.

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