Cultural heart of Melbourne’s west

Footscray is a designated Business Precinct in recognition of its role as the gateway to the west. The precinct services a rapidly growing population and provides new and diversified economic opportunities.

It has strong connections with the city, greater west and regional Victoria. Footscray has a rich cultural heritage and a vibrant creative community. Nowhere is this more visible than at local destinations such as Footscray Park, Footscray Market and Footscray Community Arts Centre on the waterfront.

Elsewhere in Footscray, two Victoria University campuses offer degree, postgraduate and VET courses. The University also partners with the AFL Western Bulldogs to offer elite sports courses. The precinct’s waterfront includes river parklands with expansive Port Melbourne views.

Where is Footscray?

Footscray Priority Precinct is just 5km west of Melbourne CBD.

A basic map of Footscray area centered by the Footscray Station with a proposed Airport rail running through

Footscray in future

Footscray will be a locally, regionally and globally connected western gateway. The precinct will be a welcoming and resilient place of opportunity for people to live, work and study.

Melbourne Metro Tunnel, Melbourne Airport Rail and Geelong Fast Rail services will make Footscray more accessible than ever. The new hospital will bring almost 15000 more people to the precinct yearly. As well as driving 2000 new jobs during construction and beyond.

Life in this precinct


Most current jobs in Footscray are in the accommodation and hospitality sectors. Strong growth will occur in health care and social assistance jobs in Footscray.


The number of houses and apartments in Footscray is growing. The precinct has almost 2000 more homes today than in 2011. There are more than 5000 apartments either under construction or in the planning pipeline.


The major infrastructure agenda in Footscray will see this precinct enjoy:

  • high connectivity
  • quality health and care services
  • a range of education options.

A stronger health offer in Footscray will give people better access to medical and care services.


Footscray Park is one of Australia’s biggest and best Edwardian era parks. Other public spaces in the precinct include Whitten Oval and the Maribyrnong River parklands with an extensive cycling network connecting the region.

More information

The government is partnering with community and other stakeholders to develop a paper outlining the vision for the Footscray Business Precinct intended for release in 2021.

Page last updated: 20 July 2021