Melbourne has been repeatedly declared the most liveable city in the world by The Economist’s liveability rankings, which surveys over 140 cities around the world.
People living in Melbourne enjoy a safe city, affordable healthcare, world-class education, reliable infrastructure, business opportunities and a healthy environment – all of which are unrivalled anywhere else in the world.
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People, language and government
Melbourne is the capital city of the state of Victoria and is home to more than 4.5 million people. We have a proud history of cultural diversity – we’re made up of many different people from all kinds of cultures and all ages. We’re inclusive, progressive and respectful of people’s differences.
The official language spoken in Melbourne is English, but more than 100 languages are spoken by Melbourne residents including Mandarin, Italian, Greek, Cantonese, Arabic and Vietnamese.
Melbourne is governed by a strong and stable government and we have three levels of government in Australia to ensure all aspects of society are effectively governed.
Victoria has 79 local councils covering the entire state to ensure Victorians enjoy responsive and accountable local government services.
Use the interactive map on the Metropolitan Melbourne page to learn more about the local councils in Melbourne and Victoria.
The Victorian Government is responsible for overseeing all aspects of our society at a state level. You can find out more about the Victorian Government, including the Parliament of Victoria, Premier and Cabinet, and state departments and agencies.
The Australian Commonwealth Government is the national government of Australia and is responsible for the effective governing of Australia’s national and international interests.
Find out more about the Australian Commonwealth Government.