An inclusive, diverse, healthy and socially connected community

The Greater Geelong community values

  • Access to quality education, health services and affordable housing;
  • A strong sense of community;
  • Support for vulnerable community members;
  • A range of employment opportunities.

Success will be achieved by

  • Young people connected to local decision-making;
  • Public areas and local services that are accessible to all levels of ability;
  • A variety of affordable options for people to rent or buy a home;
  • Support for the most vulnerable community members;
  • Local participation opportunities for new arrivals to the city-region;
  • Equity in the provision of community infrastructure;
  • Support for Wadawurrung leaders to ensure their connections to the city-region are maintained, and their connection to the community is strengthened.


Barwon Health - University Hospital Geelong

Latest project


New Barwon Health & Deakin University Centre of Excellence to Improve Mental Health

Change to Improve Mental Health Centre of Excellence (CHIME) is a newly formed research partnership between Barwon Health and Deakin University. 

CHIME:

  • aims to deliver an evidence-based, consumer-centred and co-designed approach to mental health service improvement
  • will draw on Barwon Health’s deep knowledge of the local population and mental health service delivery, and leverage the world-leading research, innovation and online education and training capabilities at Deakin University.

To find out more, please visit the Barwon Health website.






Measures of success

Indicator Current data

Social equity – No Greater Geelong suburbs in the bottom 20% of the Index of Relative Socio-Economic Disadvantage (IRSD).

Source: Census of Population and Housing, Australian Bureau of Statistics. Frequency of data: Every four years
13 Greater Geelong state suburbs are in the bottom 20% of the Socio-Economic Index of IRSD (SEIFA) in comparison across Victoria (2016 and 2011).

Accessibility to public places – 100% of public places in Greater Geelong are disability access compliant.

Source: To be determined
Measure to be determined

Employment in areas of disadvantage – Workforce participation in the most vulnerable suburbs is higher than the state average.

Source: Census of Population and Housing, Australian Bureau of Statistics. Frequency of data: Every five years
All 13 suburbs in the bottom 20% of the Socio-Economic Index of IRSD (SEIFA) have a lower workforce participation rate than Victoria (2016 and 2011).

Citizen engagement – More than 80% of residents that feel they ‘sometimes’ or ‘definitely’ have opportunities to have a real say on important matters.

Source: Victorian Population Health Survey. Frequency of data: Every four years
75.2% (2014)

Social support – More than 80% of residents feel they can ‘sometimes’ or ‘definitely’ get help from neighbours.

Source: Victorian Population Health Survey. Frequency of data: Every four years
77.9% (2014)

Self reported health – Over 50% of residents reporting their health as very good or excellent.

Source: Geelong Preventative Health Survey, City of Greater Geelong. Frequency of data: Every four years
59% (2017)