Social planning and demographics

The objective of social planning is to enhance community wellbeing, health and quality of life.

By tracking the changing needs of the local community through social research and the analysis of statistics and demographic trends, we can better approach land-use planning and strategy development.

It is our role to:

  • identify key infrastructure requirements and service gaps
  • develop policy and strategy responses to social and community issues
  • track policy trends and developments within other levels of government
  • prepare submissions for government enquiries.

A number of strategies have been developed to support Cardinia Shire's rapid growth.

We are establishing a social and affordable housing partnership group to provide an opportunity for local representatives to participate in the implementation of council’s Social and Affordable Housing Strategy and Action Plan 2018-2025.

We are currently taking applications from those who have an interest in social and affordable housing, including:

  • community members
  • people with lived experience of homelessness
  • housing providers and associations
  • community and volunteer services
  • property, building and development sector representatives.

Successful applicants will join the Partnership Group, which will look at ways to support housing diversity and respond to housing needs within the community.

The group will comprise of 13 members including appointed councillor(s) and council staff, and representatives from the community and the private and public sector.

Expressions of interest to join the social and affordable housing partnership group will be open 21 May and close 12pm Tuesday 11 June, 2019.

Applications can be made online at Survey Monkey, or by requesting a registration form.

Contact the Social Policy and Projects Officer on 1300 787 624 or by email at to:

  • get more information
  • ask a question about applying
  • or request a registration form.

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As our shire continues to grow rapidly over the next 20 years the local population and number of houses is expected to more than double by 2031.

Our Housing Strategy Strategic Action Plan and our Social and Affordable Housing Strategy and Action Plan aims to ensure our shire includes diverse, high quality, sustainable and affordable housing that is responsive to the needs of a growing and diverse community.

Download the Housing Strategy Strategic Action Plan

Download the Social and Affordable Housing Strategy and Action Plan

Our Responsible Gaming policy guides decision making and response to applications made by venue operators to the Victorian Commission for Gambling Regulation for electronic gaming machines in the region.

Our shire has one of the highest reported incidents of family violence in Victoria. In 2014–15, local police attended around 25 incidents a week.

Preventing family violence is a priority for us.

In partnership with key agencies. Council has identifies seven priority areas have the greatest impact on the overall health and wellbeing of our community. These are outlined in Council's Liveability Plan 2017-2029

We have developed factsheets to understand how these issues impact our community and assist with planning and advocacy.

These include:

  • Mental health and wellbeing
  • Family violence
  • Tobacco, alcohol, drugs and gambling
  • Financial vulnerability
  • Safety
  • Obesity
  • Social cohesion

Click to view the health and wellbeing factsheets