People are at the heart of all cities

A resilient Melbourne will draw on the strengths of our diverse communities and geographies, to pursue our shared interests, embrace our differences and be stronger together. We will help communities prepare for change and whatever the future may hold. We will work today, tomorrow and together, towards a viable, sustainable, liveable and prosperous Melbourne.

Melbourne’s first resilience strategy was endorsed by the City of Melbourne’s Future Melbourne Committee on 17 May 2016. It is the first resilience strategy produced by any Australian city; and is the result of the work of more than 1,000 individuals from 230 organisations, Melbourne’s 32 local councils, and many Victorian Government departments.
The strategy is the first metropolitan plan that has been led by local government in Melbourne’s 180 year history.

Developed with the support of 100 Resilient Cities – Pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation – the strategy sets out a series of distinct, yet connected, actions that will help make Melbourne a viable, liveable and prosperous city, long into the future.

Download your copy of the Resilient Melbourne Strategy:

Full Strategy Document
Strategy Overview
Online Accessible Version

Annual Report 2018-19

We are pleased to present the third annual report of the Resilient Melbourne Delivery Office (Resilient Melbourne).

The report demonstrates Resilient Melbourne’s progress, value and accomplishments during 2018-19.

In its third year, Resilient Melbourne has continued to work with many new and existing government and non-government partners to find new ways to reduce our city’s exposure to chronic stresses and acute shocks, withstand disruptions, and bounce back better than before if they do occur. Our thanks to the many partners who make our work possible.

Download your copy below:

Annual Report 2018-19
Accessible Annual Report 2018-19
Overview Annual Report 2018-19
Annual Report 2017-18
Accessible Annual Report 2017-18
Annual Report 2016-17

Understanding the challenges facing Greater Melbourne

Definition of resilience

100RC defines urban resilience as the capacity of individuals, institutions, businesses and systems within a city to adapt, survive and thrive no matter what kind of chronic stresses and acute shocks they experience.


Chronic Stresses

Challenges that weaken the fabric of a city on a day-to-day or cyclical basis. Examples of Melbourne's chronic stresses include:
  • Rapid population growth
  • Increasing social inequality
  • Increasing pressures on our natural assets
  • Unemployment, particularly among young people
  • Climate change
  • Increasing rates of alcoholism and family violence

Acute Shocks

Sudden events that threaten a city. Examples of Melbourne's acute shocks include:
  • Bushfires
  • Floods
  • Heatwaves
  • Disease epidemics
  • Infrastructure-related emergencies
  • Extremist acts, including cyber crime
“We need to collaborate as a group of metropolitan councils, and also collaborate with state government and private industry. None of us can do it alone.” Simon McMillan, Chief Executive Officer, Banyule City Council

Resilient Melbourne must contribute to Melbourne’s resilience quickly and tangibly. For each action in the strategy  we have identified action leads, partners and initial funding sources. Selected projects will also receive significant support from one or more 100RC Platform Partners. These partners are leading service providers that offer in-kind support to members of the 100RC network.

We are currently creating implementation plans – monitoring and evaluation will be built into each action from the start. Each plan will include preliminary indicators for measuring results, which will be reviewed before starting. Progress will be reported upon publicly.

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Action areas

Melbourne is home to many passionate individuals and innovative organisations already helping communities to adapt, survive and thrive in the face of shocks and stresses. This strategy builds on their efforts by bringing successful actions and practices to a wider audience, as well as linking together those who may be taking similar approaches in isolation from one another.

Today, tomorrow and together we are taking action to adapt, survive, thrive and embed resilience.


Is your city or organisation interested in getting involved in any of our actions?

We welcome technical partners, co-sponsors and cities interested in learning from, or contributing to, this work - please contact

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