Acknowledgement of country

Glen Eira City Council acknowledges the Boon Wurrung people of the Kulin Nation as the Traditional Owners of the area now known as Glen Eira.
We respect and recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’s history and heritage and their continuing spiritual connection to the land and seas. We value their living culture and practices and their right to self-determination.

Statement of purpose

We work with and for the community:
  • to provide quality facilities, services, safeguards and supports;
  • towards goals that are beyond the capacity of individuals, but achievable when working together;
  • according to overall values, needs and priorities;
  • in a caring, accountable and professional way; and
  • to provide value-for-money for present and future generations.
Our functions include:

Guiding Values
Community-focused, responsive and inclusive

We want everyone to feel they belong. That’s why we’re working towards an inclusive and caring community that encourages you to be involved in decisions. The more of you that participate, the more community-focused our health, safety and lifestyle options will be.

Accountable and relevant leadership

We speak to the community and listen to every opinion, ensuring your views inform our priorities and needs. Our actions are transparent, financially responsible and environmentally sustainable. We measure our services against recognised benchmarks, allowing us to constantly improve and meet future demands.

Community wellbeing

We recognise that Glen Eira is an increasingly diverse community. We treat everyone with respect and dignity, and provide equal access to our services. We’re always looking to address any service gaps and improve our standards, within the constraints of our limited resources.

A City and its people

The City of Glen Eira is in Melbourne’s south-east,
around 10 kilometres from the central business district.

It was created in 1994 when the former City of Caulfield merged with several suburbs from the former City of Moorabbin.

Glen Eira is 39 square kilometres in area. It includes the suburbs of Bentleigh, Bentleigh East, Carnegie, Caulfield, Caulfield East, Caulfield North, Caulfield South, Elsternwick, Gardenvale, Glen Huntly, McKinnon, Murrumbeena, Ormond and part of Brighton East and St Kilda East.

The average household size in
Glen Eira is 2.49 people*.

History and Heritage

The City of Glen Eira is located on the traditional estate of the Yaluk-ut Weelam clan of the Boon Wurrung.

After European colonisation, it became two municipal areas called Caulfield and Moorabbin. The name Caulfield has identified the area around Caulfield Racecourse Reserve since 1853, but we’re unsure of its origins. It may be linked with Baron Caulfield of Ireland or colonial pioneer John Caulfield. The Moorabbin Road District was established in 1862. Its boundaries ran south-east from the outskirts of Brighton along both sides of Nepean Road, as far as Mordialloc Creek. In 1870 Caulfield was described as ‘a pastoral and agricultural district of 5,280 acres with a population of 900’. The area was dotted with orchards, market gardens and dairy farms.

Glen Eira is named after two local landmarks — Glen Eira Road and Glen Eira Mansion. Glen Eira Road is a major City thoroughfare. It dates back to the mid-1800s when the then colonial government put Crown allotments up for sale. Pioneer pastoralist Henry Ricketson built the 18-room Glen Eira Mansion on Kooyong Road, remodelling the townhouse he bought in 1865. The house was later the site of the Caulfield Military Hospital before it was demolished in 1964. A number of other mansions built in Glen Eira during this time, such as Rippon Lea and Labassa, were preserved by the National Trust and are open to the public.

Glen Eira’s people

Glen Eira is home to 153,858* people across 54,731** households,
from more than 160 different cultural backgrounds.
It’s also the centre of Melbourne’s Jewish community.

* Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Estimated Resident Population, 30 June 2018.
**Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2016.

Glen Eira’s diverse population*

    • 36 per cent of our residents were born overseas, while 28 per cent were born in a non-English speaking country.
    • Other than English, the most common languages spoken at home are Mandarin (5.5 per cent), Greek (3.9 per cent), Russian (3.4 per cent), Hebrew (2.2 per cent) and Hindi (1.3 per cent).
    • 35.2 per cent of residents identify as Christian, with the most practised Christian religions being Catholicism, Anglicanism and Greek Orthodoxy.
    • 31.6 per cent of residents nominated no religion in the 2016 Census.
    • 24.2 per cent of residents are non-Christian, with the Melbourne average being 13.2 per cent.
    • 16.8 per cent of residents identify their religion as Judaism.
    • 6,204 residents (4.4 per cent) have a disability requiring daily assistance with life tasks.
    • 13,369 residents (11.6 per cent) are carers of the elderly and people with disabilities.
    • 20.1 per cent of the population are aged 60 years and over.

*Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2016.

1.
MALES
In city of Glen Eira
68,140
48.4%
Greater Melbourne 49%
2.
FEMALES
In city of Glen Eira
72,735
51.6%
Greater Melbourne 51%
3.
ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER PEOPLES
In city of Glen Eira
252
0.2%
Greater Melbourne 0.5%
4.
AUSTRALIAN CITIZENS
In city of Glen Eira
112,175
79.6%
Greater Melbourne 79.6%
5.
ELIGIBLE VOTERS
In city of Glen Eira
85,542
60.7%
Greater Melbourne 60.8%

Glen Eira’s age groups*

Babies and Preschoolers
(0 to 4)
In City of Glen Eira
8,601
6.1%
Greater Melbourne 6.4%
Primary Schoolers
(5 to 11)
In City of Glen Eira
12,387
8.8%
Greater Melbourne 8.5%
*Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics,
Census of Population and Housing 2016.
Secondary Schoolers
(12 to 17)
In City of Glen Eira
9,428
6.7%
Greater Melbourne 6.7%
Tertiary Education and Independence
(18 to 24)
In City of Glen Eira
12,989
9.2%
Greater Melbourne 10%
*Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics,
Census of Population and Housing 2016.
Young Workforce
(25 to 34)
In City of Glen Eira
22,029
15.6%
Greater Melbourne 16.3%
*Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics,
Census of Population and Housing 2016.
Parents and Homebuilders
(35 to 49)
In City of Glen Eira
30,334
21.5%
Greater Melbourne 21.1%
*Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics,
Census of Population and Housing 2016.
Older Workers and Pre-Retirees
(50 to 59)
In City of Glen Eira
16,861
12%
Greater Melbourne 11.9%
Empty-nesters and Retirees
(60 to 69)
In City of Glen Eira
13,326
9.5%
Greater Melbourne 9.3%
*Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics,
Census of Population and Housing 2016.
Seniors
(70 to 84)
In City of Glen Eira
10,689
7.6%
Greater Melbourne 7.7%
Elderly
(85 and over)
In City of Glen Eira
4,240
3%
Greater Melbourne 2%
*Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics,
Census of Population and Housing 2016.

The Glen Eira workforce*

More than 69,000 of our residents are employed, with 58 per cent working full-time, 34.8 per cent working part-time and 1.4 per cent not stating their hours. We have 4,275 residents who are unemployed and looking for work.

The three most common occupations among our residents are:
    • professionals (24,063 people or 34.6 per cent of our employed residents);
    • clerical and administrative workers (9,379 people or 13.5 per cent); and
    • managers (11,477 people or 16.5 per cent).

These occupations account for 44,919 people, or 64.6 per cent of employed residents.

In comparison, 25 per cent of Greater Melbourne residents are professionals,
13.9 per cent are clerical and administrative workers, and 13.2 per cent are managers.

*Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2016.

Glen Eira’s households*

With a diverse range of housing, we’re home to a range of age groups and life stages. One-person homes make up 26 per cent of our households, compared to 23 per cent across Melbourne.

We have a smaller proportion of families with children than Melbourne. One and two-parent families make up 40.9 per cent of our households, compared to Melbourne’s 43.6 per cent.

We average 2.49 people per household*.

*Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2016.