On 15 December 1994, the Cities of Springvale and Dandenong were joined to form the City of Greater Dandenong. The City encompasses an area of 129 square kilometres in Melbourne's South-east, approximately 24 km from the Central Business District.
The City is bounded by Police Road in the North, Dandenong Creek and South Gippsland Highway to the East, Thomson's Road to the south and by Westall and Springvale Roads to the west.
Major industries include manufacturing, (representing nearly one-third of all local jobs), retail, wholesale trade and health care.
In the 2011 Census, 59,337 Greater Dandenong residents reported as being in paid employment.
There were 59,337 people who reported being in the labour force in the week before Census night in Greater Dandenong in 2011. Of these 57.9% were employed full time, 27.0% were employed part-time and 8.9% were unemployed.
The most common occupations in Greater Dandenong included Labourers 17.0%, Technicians and Trades Workers 15.9%, Machinery Operators And Drivers 13.6%, Clerical and Administrative Workers 13.1%, and Professionals 12.4%.
The City is renowned for its shopping experiences and precincts and shopping tours including Little India, Afghan Bazaar, Wonders of Dandenong Walking Tours, Dandenong Food Lovers tour and Springvale Shopping tours.
The population is currently around 153,169 people. Recent population growth is largely the consequence of residential developments in Keysborough South and Central Dandenong.
By 2019, the population of Greater Dandenong is projected to rise to 165,000 - an average annual growth of $1000 persons or 00 households.
Our most densely populated suburbs are Keysborough and Central Springvale.
Our residents come from 156 different birthplaces. We are the most culturally diverse locality in Victoria with 60% of our population having been born overseas.
Indigenous residents account for 0.4% of our population (2011 Census Data).
The most common countries of birth were Vietnam 12.5%, India 10.6%, Sri Lanka 6.1%, Cambodia 5.8% and China 3.5%. (2011 Census data)
More than four out of five (84%) of residents have at least one overseas-born parent. (2011 Census data).
Nearly two-thirds of residents of Greater Dandenong speak languages other than English in their homes (2011 Census Data)
Nearly one in three (30%) of asylum seeks in Victoria were living in Greater Dandenong (Federal Department of Citizenship and Border Protection - September 2015)
We provide over 140 services to our residents, visitors, sports groups, businesses and industry. To cater for their needs, we employ a range of people with skills in areas such as customer service, youth services, welfare, aged care, planning, administration, libraries, parks, cleansing and health services.