Wollongong City occupies a narrow coast strip bordered by the Royal National Park to the north, Windang Bridge to the south, the Tasman Sea to the east and the Illawarra escarpment to the west. The area is renowned for its magnificent natural environment, ranging from untouched rainforests to dramatic rocky sea cliffs and pristine sandy beaches.

Known in past decades for its heavy manufacturing, the city’s key industry sectors now also include retail, tourism, health, property, business services and education. It is home to the University of Wollongong and is a regional centre for the south coast.

Data for this website has been sourced from Council’s financial statements, Council’s annual report and Council’s data returns. The website also refers to data from a number of agencies and entities. Please refer to the data page of this website for links to definitions, information on performance measures, benchmarks, OLG Groups and the data sources that have been used.

Please contact Council if you would like any further details or explanations regarding individual results and any differences between your Council’s performance and that of another council.

Contacting Council

41 Burelli Street
Wollongong NSW 2500
Postal Address:
Locked Bag 8821, Wollongong Dc NSW 2500
Phone: 02 4227 7111
Fax: 02 4227 7277

Your Local Government Area

Population (No.) 214,657
Area (Km2) 684.3
Council Classification Regional Town/City
OLG Group 5
State Planning Region Illawarra Shoalhaven
JO Region Illawarra Shoalhaven

Your Council

Result Group Avg. *
Councillors (No.) 13 11
Population per Councillor (No.) 16,512 10,652
Equivalent Full Time Staff (EFT) (No.) 1,252 812
2021/22 Revenue ($'000) 347,259,000 285,895,455
2021/22 Expenses ($'000) 287,807,000 221,023,636
Residential Pensioner Rebates (%) 19 21
Population Density (residents per Km2) 316 239
* A NSW council group is determined firstly by whether they are Urban or Rural in nature, and then by population size and density. Please refer to OLG Groups in data tab on website for more information on how individual councils are classified. An OLG group average is then calculated by the average of the same group number eg. All Group 5 Regional Towns/City or all Group 8 Rural.

Your Public Facilities

Result Group Avg.
Public Swimming Pool Complexes (inc rock pools) (No.) 18 18
Public Halls (No.) 36 24
Public Libraries (No.) 7 6
Open Public Space (ha) 2,466 1,604
Total Road Length (km) 1,063 1,300

Demographics of Population

under 20 years
20 - 59 years
60 years and older

Council population (%)

Group population (%)


population change last 5 years

Source: ABS, Estimated Resident Population (ERP)

Your Local Population

Latest Outcome Group Avg.
Five Year Population Change (%) 0.7 5.2
Population aged under 20 years (%) 17.9 17.6
Population aged between 20 and 59 years (%) 64 59.5
Population aged 60 years and older (%) 18.1 22.8
Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islanders (%) 3 4
Speaks language other than English at home (%) 17 10
Socio-Economic Index Rank (1 low, 128 high) 94 69

Council Population Gender

Aboriginal & Torres
Strait Islander

Language Diversity

Rest of population

Your local population (%)

Your Local Economy

Result Group Avg.
Unemployment Rate (%) 4.3 3.5
Avg Taxable Income ($) 60,556 54,105
Avg Household Size (No.) 2.6 2.5
Value of DA's determined ($'000) 713,182,964 304,187,574
Active Businesses in LGA (No.) 13,899 8,189

Largest Industry Employer

Health Care & Social Assistance