Boy reading in a Glen Eira library

Statement of purpose

Glen Eira City Council Works 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 community values, needs and priorities;
  • in a caring, accountable and professional manner; and
  • to provide value-for-money for present and future generations.
Council Functions

The functions of Council include:

  • Advocating and promoting proposals which are in the best interest of the local community.
  • Planning for and providing services and facilities for the local community.
  • Providing and maintaining community infrastructure in the municipal district. See Sustainable Community Assets and Infrastructure.
  • Undertaking strategic and land use planning for the municipal district. See Town Planning and Development.
  • Raising revenue to enable Council to perform its functions.
  • Making and enforcing local laws. See Compliance.
  • Exercising, performing and discharging the duties, functions and powers of councils under the Local Government Act 1989 and other Acts. See Corporate Governance.
  • Providing any other function relating to the peace, order and good government of the municipal district. See Council Committees.
Guiding Values

Community-focused, responsive and inclusive

Council works to develop an inclusive and caring community where everyone can feel they belong. Everyone is encouraged to participate in the decision-making, which leads to achieving the best possible health, safety and lifestyle options within the City.

Accountable and relevant leadership

Council consults, listens and takes note of community views to determine its priorities and needs, and then acts through open, transparent processes that are financially and environmentally responsible and sustainable. Council constantly works to find innovative ways of providing services measured against recognised benchmarks to improve services and set better standards that will meet tomorrow’s increasing demands.

Community wellbeing

Council, with an increasingly diverse community, treats all people with respect and dignity, providing equal access for all to services and resources. Council operates to identify gaps and lift standards not currently being met by other community providers or levels of government, within the constraints of its limited resources.

A city and its people
The City of Glen Eira is located in Melbourne’s south-east suburbs, approximately 10 kilometres from Melbourne’s central business district.

It was created in 1994 following the merger of the former City of Caulfield and the nearby suburbs of Bentleigh, Bentleigh East, McKinnon and parts of Ormond, which were in the former City of Moorabbin.

The City of Glen Eira is 39 square kilometres in area and 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 the suburbs of Brighton East and St Kilda East.

Location of the municipality of Glen Eira within Australia, Victoria and south eastern suburbs of Melbourne

City of Glen Eira boundary map detailing three wards — Camden, Rosstown and Tucker wards.

Camden Ward Rosstown Ward Tucker Ward
The average household size in Glen Eira is 2.49 people*.

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

Glen Eira Mansion. No date. Now demolished. Two storey Italianate mansion with two storey tower above. Image courtesy State Library of Victoria
History and Heritage

Glen Eira is named from two local landmarks — Glen Eira Road and Glen Eira Mansion. Glen Eira Road is one of the City’s main thoroughfares, dating back to the mid-1800s when the then colonial government surveyed the area and made all Crown allotments available for sale. Pioneer pastoralist Henry Ricketson bought the Glen Eira townhouse on Kooyong Road in 1865 and remodelled it into an 18-room mansion. The house subsequently became the site of a hospital before being demolished in 1964.

A number of other mansions built during this era have been preserved by the National Trust and are open to the public.

A City and its People

Glen Eira is home to 149,012* people across 54,731** households — representing more than 160 different cultural backgrounds — and is the centre of Melbourne’s Jewish community.

* Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Estimated Resident Population, 30 June 2017.
**Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2016.

Glen Eira’s Diverse Population*
  • 36 per cent of residents were born overseas; more than one quarter of residents (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, Anglican and Greek Orthodox.
  • 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 of residents) have a disability requiring daily assistance with life tasks.
  • 13,369 (11.6 per cent) residents 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.

In city of Glen Eira
Greater Melbourne 49%
In city of Glen Eira
Greater Melbourne 51%
In city of Glen Eira
Greater Melbourne 0.5%
In city of Glen Eira
Greater Melbourne 79.6%
In city of Glen Eira
Greater Melbourne 60.8%

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

  • Babies and Preschoolers
    (0 to 4)
    In City of Glen Eira
    Greater Melbourne 6.4%
  • Primary Schoolers
    (5 to 11)
    In City of Glen Eira
    Greater Melbourne 8.5%
  • Secondary Schoolers
    (12 to 17)
    In City of Glen Eira
    Greater Melbourne 6.7%
  • Tertiary Education and Independence
    (18 to 24)
    In City of Glen Eira
    Greater Melbourne 10%
  • Young Workforce
    (25 to 34)
    In City of Glen Eira
    Greater Melbourne 16.3%
  • Parents and Homebuilders
    (35 to 49)
    In City of Glen Eira
    Greater Melbourne 21.1%
  • Older Workers and Pre-Retirees
    (50 to 59)
    In City of Glen Eira
    Greater Melbourne 11.9%
  • Empty-nesters and Retirees
    (60 to 69)
    In City of Glen Eira
    Greater Melbourne 9.3%
  • Seniors
    (70 to 84)
    In City of Glen Eira
    Greater Melbourne 7.7%
  • Elderly 
    (85 and over)
    In City of Glen Eira
    Greater Melbourne 2%
Female shopkeeper in her clothing and homewares store
The Glen Eira Workforce*

More than 66,000 people living in the City of Glen Eira are employed or looking for work, of whom 59.4 per cent are working full-time; 34.1 per cent part-time; and 6.5 per cent did not state their hours of work or were unemployed and looking for work.

The three most common occupational groups among Glen Eira residents are:

  • professionals (21,973 people or 33.3 per cent);
  • clerical and administrative workers (10,023 people or 15.2 per cent); and
  • managers (9,923 people or 15 per cent).

In combination, these three occupations account for 41,919 people in total or 63.5 per cent of the employed resident population.

In comparison, Greater Melbourne has 24.1 per cent of its population working as professionals; 15.3 per cent as clerical and administrative workers; and 12.5 per cent as managers.


*Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011.

Partially built two storey house, McKinnon

Glen Eira’s Households

Due to high housing diversity, Glen Eira houses a range of age groups and life stages. Compared to Melbourne, Glen Eira has a higher proportion of lone-person households, totalling 25 per cent (Melbourne average 22 per cent), and has fewer families with children (both couples and one parent families), totalling 40.9 per cent compared to Melbourne’s 43.6 per cent.

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

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