Greater Melbourne
City Portrait

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The Melbourne Doughnut

Explore how well Melbourne is tracking as a place that supports people and planet to thrive.

Dimension profile



Education is central to every person’s ability to participate positively and meaningfully in society. Melbourne is home to rich education institutions, but the inequitable nature of the system does not allow all Melburnians to benefit from them. Likewise, these institutions do not consistently support educators to effectively prepare students for the changing nature of our society, environment and economy.

Principles for Education in a regenerative Melbourne

Education in a regenerative Melbourne must be:

  • Grounded in local context to reflect First Nations knowledge and different communities’ social and cultural needs
  • Holistically focused on human and environmental wellbeing and the development of complete citizens
  • Inspiring and engaging to encourage life-long learning

What we want



Everyone has equitable access to lifelong learning that nurtures them to reach their potential

What we're measuring 2030 Target Now

Proportion of children developmentally vulnerable on two or more domains (physical, social, emotional, language/cognitive and communication)

Under 5% 9.8%

Proportion of people who left school before year 10 or did not go to school

Under 15% 18.9%



Melbourne’s education systems support teachers to thrive and prepare students to engage effectively in our diverse society and evolving economy

What we're measuring 2030 Target Now

Rate of teaching vacancies in government primary and secondary schools

Under 5% 35.3%

Placing Education in the system

Local to global connections

Education systems in Melbourne are generally not controlled locally, but are operated at the state level. Likewise, policies that inform the education system are developed at the national level and influenced by global trends. Melbourne is also an exporter of education, meaning that its institutions have impact on a global scale.

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How was this dimension developed?

The Education dimension of the Greater Melbourne City Portrait, including the conceptual framing and data selection, has been developed in collaboration with sector experts from academia, government and industry. A detailed description of the City Portrait methodology is outlined in the About section of the website.

Where can I access the data?

Data for Education, along with the other Social Founation dimensions are available in the Social Foundations Dataset.

For Ecological Celing dimensions, see the Ecological Ceiling Dataset.

Where can I find more information on Education in a regenerative Melbourne?

The City Portrait is informed by extensive research and resources on Doughnut Economics and related frameworks, as well as sector-specific research associated with each dimension. More detailed research that has informed the Education dimension is available to explore via Altiorem's library.

How can I get involved?

To get involved with ongoing development of the City Portrait or learn more about Regen Melbourne, email