City of Darwin

The City of Darwin is a local government area of the Northern Territory, Australia. It includes the central business district of the capital, Darwin City, and represents two-thirds of its metropolitan population. The City covers an area of 111 square kilometres (43 sq mi) and, in June 2018, had a population of 84,613 people.[1]

City of Darwin
Northern Territory
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Population84,613 (2018)[1]
 • Density762/km2 (1,974/sq mi)
Area111 km2 (42.9 sq mi)[1]
MayorKon Vatskalis
Council seatDarwin City
RegionMetropolitan Darwin
Territory electorate(s)Casuarina, Fannie Bay, Fong Lim, Johnston, Karama, Nightcliff, Port Darwin, Sanderson, Spillett, Wanguri
Federal division(s)Solomon
Logo of City of Darwin.svg
WebsiteCity of Darwin
LGAs around City of Darwin:
Unincorporated Top End Region Unincorporated Top End Region Unincorporated Top End Region
Unincorporated Top End Region City of Darwin Litchfield
Unincorporated Top End Region Unincorporated Top End Region Unincorporated Top End Region
FootnotesAdjoining LGAs[2]


The first Town and District Council was formed in 1874. The Darwin Town Council was created in 1915. From 1921 the five member Council had been elected on a ratepayer's franchise. In 1930 the Mayor and Councillors resigned in protest against the re-introduction of adult suffrage. A caretaker Council was appointed until 1937, when it was abolished at the council's own request.

In 1955 a statement added to the Local Government Ordinance provided for the Constitution of the Municipality of Darwin. In 1957 the council was increased to twelve members and a Mayor.

An annual election providing for the Mayor and half of the Council members to be retired at each election, was also introduced at this time. The first council elections were held on 29 June 1957 and the first elected mayor of Darwin was Lucius (Bill) Richardson.[3] In 1959 an Ordinance provided that the Municipality of Darwin be constituted a city and named 'City of Darwin'.

The first female Mayor of Darwin was Dr Ella Stack, who served as the Mayor of Darwin from May 1975 to November 1979, and as Darwin's first Lord Mayor from November 1979.[3]

Wards and councillorsEdit

City of Darwin is divided into four wards, governed by 12 Councillors across those wards, as well as one directly elected Lord Mayor. Councillors from each ward are elected using a Single Transferable Vote (STV) proportional system.[4]

Chan Ward
Lyons Ward
Richardson Ward
Waters Ward
  • Peter Pangquee
  • Morgan Rickard
  • Ed Smelt
  • Paul Arnold
  • Amye Un
  • Mick Palmer
  • Jimmy Bouhoris
  • Vim Sharma
  • Rebecca Want de Rowe
  • Sylvia Klonaris
  • Brian O’Gallagher
  • Kim Farrar



Chan Ward
Lyons Ward
Richardson Ward
Waters Ward
Suburb Map

Most of the suburb of Charles Darwin which is largely occupied by the Charles Darwin National Park reaches outside of the boundaries of the City of Darwin into unincorporated area, as do large parts of Berrimah and Hidden Valley. The last two suburbs, Buffalo Creek and Holmes, were approved in 2007. They are still largely undeveloped, especially Buffalo Creek.


Selected historical census data for City of Darwin local government area
Census year 2001[6] 2006[7] 2011[8] 2016[9]
Population Estimated residents on census night 69,455 66,291 72,930 78,804
LGA rank in terms of size within Northern Territory 1st   1st   1st
% of Northern Territory population 34.26%   34.36%   34.41%   34.44%
% of Australian population 0.37%   0.33%   0.34%   0.34%
Cultural and language diversity
top responses
Australian 24.1%   21.2%
English 20.7%   19.8%
Irish 7.2%   7.4%
Scottish 5.7%   5.6%
Chinese 3.6%   4.1%
top responses
(other than English)
Greek 3.5%   3.3%   3.4%   3.5%
Tagalog 1.0%   1.6%   2.2%
Cantonese 1.0%   0.9%
Italian 0.8%   0.7%
Hakka 0.8%   0.8%
Indonesian 0.9%   1.0%
Mandarin 1.3%   2.0%
Filipino 1.0%   1.5%
Nepali 1.2%
Religious affiliation
Religious affiliation,
top responses
Catholic 25.4%   24.7%   24.1%   22.3%
No religion 20.5%   24.0%   25.0%   31.2%
Anglican 14.5%   12.2%   10.6%   7.6%
Uniting 6.5%   5.6%   4.5%
Eastern Orthodox 4.3%   4.1%   4.3%   4.4%
Median weekly incomes
Personal income Median weekly personal income A$687 A$899 A$1039
% of Australian median income 147.4% 155.8% 157.0%
Family income Median weekly family income A$1524 A$2063 A$2385
% of Australian median income 130.2% 139.2% 137.5%
Household income Median weekly household income A$1286 A$1809 A$2164
% of Australian median income 125.2% 146.6% 150.5%
Dwelling structure
Dwelling type Separate house 55.3%   54.9%   54.7%   52.6%
Semi-detached, terrace or townhouse 13.2% 11.9%     15.8%   13.3%
Flat or apartment 23.8%   27.2%   26.7%   31.8%

Sister CitiesEdit

The city of Darwin has seven sister cities.[10]

City State Country Year
Kalymnos South Aegean region Greece April 1982
Anchorage Alaska United States July 1982
Ambon Maluku Indonesia October 1988
Haikou Hainan China September 1990
Milikapiti Northern Territory Australia July 1999
Dili Dili District East Timor September 2003
Bacolod Negros Occidental Philippines August 2022


  1. ^ a b c "3218.0 – Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2017-18: Population Estimates by Local Government Area (ASGS 2018), 2017 to 2018". Australian Bureau of Statistics. Australian Bureau of Statistics. 27 March 2019. Retrieved 25 October 2019. Estimated resident population, 30 June 2018.
  2. ^ "Litchfield Municipality Localities (map)" (PDF). Northern Territory Government. 29 October 1997. Archived from the original (PDF) on 18 March 2019. Retrieved 16 May 2019. A document re the Litchfield Municipality has been cited because it is a map which depicts the relationship of the City of Darwin to its surroundings.
  3. ^ a b "History". City of Darwin. City of Darwin. 2019. Retrieved 5 December 2019.
  4. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 14 March 2016. Retrieved 28 April 2016.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ Darwin City Council - Compiled Plan
  6. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (9 March 2006). "City of Darwin (C)". 2001 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 6 December 2017.  
  7. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "City of Darwin (C)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 6 December 2017.
  8. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "City of Darwin (C)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 6 December 2017.  
  9. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Darwin (C) (Local Government Area)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 28 June 2017.  
  10. ^ "Darwin's Sister Cities". Darwin City Council. Archived from the original on 18 February 2011. Retrieved 18 September 2010.

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Coordinates: 12°24′55″S 130°53′29″E / 12.4152°S 130.8914°E / -12.4152; 130.8914