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Project:                        Family, Youth and Children’s Research Project

Organisation:               Port Phillip City Council

Project date:                2012

The City of Port Phillip has seen substantial growth in birth rates over a number of years and this growth is expected to continue into the future. The births have grown from 886 in 2000 to 1308 in 2009, an increase of 47%.

There is anecdotal evidence that one-child families tended to move out of the area when they had more children, generally to somewhere with larger homes and properties. In more recent times, however, anecdotal evidence points towards families staying in Port Phillip.

Increases in birth rates have differed significantly between the seven neighbourhoods in Port Phillip.  In some neighbourhoods, birth rates have doubled.

The aim of the project was to plan for future needs for family, youth and children’s services, infrastructure and urban environment.

A research project was undertaken identifying the following:

  1. The reasons why families with children aged 0-15 years reside in the City of Port Phillip.
  2. The reasons why families with children aged 0-15 years leave the City of Port Phillip.
  3. The rate and timing of migration and how this has changed in the past 10 years and can be expected to change in the next 10 years.
  4. The implications of these trends for future planning of services, infrastructure and urban environment.