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The City of Perth is a local government area and body, within the Perth metropolitan area, which is the capital of Western Australia. The local government is commonly known as Perth City Council. The City covers the Perth city centre and surrounding suburbs. The City covers an area of 20.01 square kilometres (8 sq mi) and had an estimated population of 21,092 as at 30 June 2015. On 1 July 2016 the City expanded, absorbing 1,247 residents from the City of Subiaco.

City of Perth
Western Australia
Perth LGA WA.png
Population 21,797 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density 1,089.31/km2 (2,821.3/sq mi)
Established 1856
Area 20.01 km2 (7.7 sq mi)[2]
Mayor Vacant
Council seat Perth
Region Central Perth
State electorate(s) Perth
Federal Division(s) Perth
Coat of arms of the City of Perth.svg
Website City of Perth
LGAs around City of Perth:
Cambridge Vincent Vincent
Subiaco City of Perth Belmont
Nedlands South Perth Victoria Park



City of Perth offices lit at night

In 1694, the Dutch ship Ridderschap van Hollant was lost off the Western Australian coast near Perth.[3]

In 1829, Captain James Stirling founded Perth as part of the Swan River Colony. The City of Perth was officially declared on 20 September 1856.[4]

In 1915, it absorbed North Perth (1901) and Leederville (1895) municipalities, and on 1 November 1917, Victoria Park was also absorbed. A year later, it absorbed territory from Perth Road Board including the Belmont Park racecourse.

By 1962, the council had 27 members representing nine wards.[5]

On 1 July 1994, following the passage of the City of Perth Restructuring Act (1993), the City of Perth was broken up and a significantly reduced City of Perth constituted. The Town of Victoria Park, Town of Cambridge and Town of Vincent were created from the former boundaries of the City.[6] The first elections were held on 6 May 1995, with 8 councillors and a mayor.

The City of Perth Act 2016 defined Perth as the capital of Western Australia,[7] and expanded the City's boundaries to include a number of landmarks including Kings Park, University of Western Australia, Perth Children's Hospital and the Queen Elizabeth II Medical Centre. The boundary changes took effect on 1 July 2016.[8] Approximately 1,247 residents from Nedlands and Subiaco in the City of Subiaco were transferred to the City of Perth, and the City expanded to a total area of 26.93 square kilometres (10 sq mi).[9]

Today[when?], Heritage Perth is a city supported heritage organization that conducts annual Heritage Days [10] as well as other activities relevant to the history of Perth [11]


Flag of Perth
Use City
Proportion 1:2
Adopted 1975

The official Flag of Perth represents the city of Perth, Western Australia. It features the Saint George's Cross overlaid with the City of Perth Coat of Arms in the centre.[12][13][14]


The City has 8 councillors and no wards. Each councillor serves a four-year term, and half-elections are held every two years. The mayor is directly elected.


* The parts of these suburbs north of Newcastle and Summers Streets fall within the City of Vincent. These localities are only partially contained within the City of Perth boundary.
** The parts of these localities were transferred from the City of Subiaco in 2016. These localities are only partially contained within the City of Perth boundary.


Year Population
1911 35,767
1921 64,166
1933 82,290
1947 98,890
1954 97,350
1961 94,508
1966 96,223
1971 97,546
1976 87,598
1981 79,398
1986 79,409
1991 79,422
1996 8,488
2001 11,180
2006 11,573
2011 16,714

The 1991 population has been broken down by the Australian Bureau of Statistics as follows: Perth (C) 7,604; Cambridge (T) 22,740; Victoria Park (T) 24,313; Vincent (T) 24,765.[15]

The official population of the City of Perth as of 30 June 2015 is 21,092.[16]

Twin towns and sister citiesEdit

The City of Perth is twinned with:

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Perth (C)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 23 November 2017.   
  2. ^ "FAQs for Transitioning Residents". City of Perth. Retrieved 25 April 2016. 
  3. ^ "A Short History of Perth". 
  4. ^ "A Short History of Perth". 
  5. ^ WA Electoral Commission, Municipality Boundary Amendments Register (release 2.0), 31 May 2003.
  6. ^ City of Perth Restructuring Act 1993, 20 December 1993. Retrieved on 8 April 2016.
  7. ^ City of Perth Act 2016, 3 March 2016. Retrieved on 8 April 2016.
  8. ^ Foster, Brendan (26 February 2016). "City of Perth Act could cost jobs and impact services in Subiaco: Mayor". Retrieved 8 April 2016. 
  9. ^ "FAQs for Transitioning Residents". City of Perth. Retrieved 25 April 2016. 
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  12. ^ "History of the Council". City of Perth. Retrieved 19 December 2013. 
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  15. ^ Time series data accompanying 2001 Census at Accessed 10 December 2009.
  16. ^ "City of Perth Estimated Resident Population". .id. Retrieved 9 April 2016. The official population of the City of Perth as of the 30th June 2015, is 21,092. 
  17. ^ 姉妹・友好・兄弟都市 [Twin cities]. Kagoshima International Affairs Division (in Japanese). Archived from the original on 2 June 2013. Retrieved 8 August 2013. 
  18. ^ "Wako: Kerjasama Padang-Perth-Dubai Saling Menguntungkan". ANTARA (in Indonesian). 2015-09-15. Retrieved 2015-12-27. 

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