General information


The Southern Metropolitan Region (SMR) covers the area from South Melbourne down to the Mornington Peninsula and east to Melbourne’s growth corridors of Casey and Cardinia.

The SMR comprises 10 local government areas of Melbourne’s south-eastern suburbs with a population of approximately 1.2 million people, representing about one-quarter of the state’s total population.

The region’s communities are numerous and diverse, including rapidly changing inner urban communities and outer suburbs with significant growth.

The SMR covers an area of approximately 2886 square kilometres.


The Southern Metropolitan Region contains 10 municipalities:

Regional Ethnic Communities’ Councils/Migrant Resource Centre’s:

Diversity in the Region

Established ethnic communities reside in most parts of the region but particularly in Kingston and Greater Dandenong with the main counties of birth being India, Vietnam, China, Greece and Vitnam. New and emerging communities in the region mainly comprise people from Middle Eastern, Asian and African countries.

Language spoken at home, Southern Metro

Language spoken at homeNumber%
English 915,833 71.4%
LOTE 307,376 24%
Not stated 59,773 4.6%
TOTAL 1,282,982 100%

ABS 2011 Census data.

Country of birth, Southern Metro

Country of birthNumber%
Australia 817,431 63.7%
Overseas* 397,607 31%
   Main English speaking countries 119,736 9.3%
   Main non-English speaking countries 277,871 21.7%
Not stated 67,954 5.3%
TOTAL 1,282,992 100%

*Main and non Main English speaking countries including Inadequately Described, At Sea and Not Elsewhere Classified.
ABS 2011 Census data.

Proficiency in Spoken English in the Southern Metropolitan Region, Victoria, 2011 Census

English proficiencySouthern Region
Speaks English only 915,824
Speaks another language and speaks English
   Very well 172,243
   Well 83,057
   Not well 40,823
   Not at all 11,681
   Not stated - (both language and proficiency not stated) 55,215
   Not stated - (language stated, proficiency not stated) 4,150
Total Persons 1,282,993



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