Effectively planning for population growth

Expected to be tabled in August 2017


Current forecasts indicate that Victoria’s population could reach up to 10 million by 2051, with 2.2 million people in regional areas and 7.8 million in greater Melbourne. This audit assesses whether long-term strategic planning for rapid population growth is occurring in an effective, integrated manner, focusing on birthing, maternal and child health, and funded kindergarten services. Timely provision of these services is critical for the health and wellbeing of babies and young children.

Our focus on maternity and early childhood services in areas experiencing significant population growth provides an opportunity to provide a case study of integration and coordination of planning efforts across agencies.