List of cities in Australia

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This is a list of cities in Australia arranged by state.

Australian Capital Territory[edit]

New South Wales[edit]

Since 1993, only local government areas in New South Wales can be declared as "cities" by the Government, under the Local Government Act 1993.[1] Although the present version of the Act specifies no criteria for city status,[2] a previous version of the Act specified that to be a city, a Council area must:

  • (a) have a population of at least 25,000 persons and be an independent centre of population; not being a suburb, whether residential, industrial, commercial or maritime, of any other council area or centre of population; or
  • (b) have a population of at least 150,000, and have a distinct character and entity as a centre of population beyond what would normally be regarded as being of local or suburban significance only; or
  • (c) satisfy the criteria specified in paragraphs (a) or (b) apart from the population criteria, and be a homogenous centre of importance as a focus of regional commercial, governmental or cultural activity beyond that which would normally be regarded as local, suburban, or subsidiary to another nearby centre.[3]

New South Wales, therefore, has two types of "city": cities that are acknowledged on the register of the Geographical Names Board of New South Wales,[4] and local government areas that have been proclaimed as cities but are not acknowledged on the Geographical Names Register.

Cities acknowledged on the NSW Geographical Names Register[edit]

* - City within the Sydney metropolitan area

Cities not acknowledged on the NSW Geographical Names Register[edit]

This list includes local government areas inside the Sydney metropolitan area but excludes cities also acknowledged on the Geographical Names Register.


* - LGA within the Sydney metropolitan area

Northern Territory[edit]

Queensland[edit]

* - LGA within the Brisbane metropolitan area.

Other towns or suburban areas whose local government was accorded City status (including those since amalgamated) include:

South Australia[edit]

Tasmania[edit]

Victoria[edit]



* - City within the Melbourne metropolitan area

Western Australia[edit]


* - City within the Perth metropolitan area

Local government areas with city status not listed above, all of which lie within Perth's metropolitan area, include:

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Local Government Act 1993, Chapter 9 - "How are Councils Established?". Accessed via AUSTLII on 26 April 2007.
  2. ^ Robert Harrison MLA, Private Members' Statement: Proposed Shellharbour City, New South Wales Legislative Assembly, Hansard, 23 November 1995, p. 3960. Accessed 26 April 2007.
  3. ^ Garry West MLA, Questions on Notice: Hastings Council Name Change, New South Wales Legislative Assembly, Hansard, 19 November 1993, pp. 6008-9. Accessed 26 April 2007.
  4. ^ a b "Geographical Names Register Extract: List of placenames acknowledged as a CITY" (.CSV). Geographical Names Register (GNR) of NSW. Geographical Names Board of New South Wales. Retrieved 31 August 2008. 
  5. ^ "History of Griffith". Griffith City Council. Retrieved 19 August 2008. 

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