Cities of Australia

List of cities in Australia

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

Australian Capital Territory

New South Wales

Since 1993, only Local Government Areas in New South Wales can be declared as "cities" by the Government, under the Local Government Act 1993. Although the present version of the Act specifies no criteria for city status,, 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.

New South Wales, therefore, has two types of "city": cities which are acknowledged on the register of the Geographical Names Board of New South Wales, and Local Government Areas which have been proclaimed as cities, either before or after 1993, which are not acknowledged on the NSW Geographical Names Register.

Cities acknowledged on the NSW Geographical Names Register

* - City within the Sydney metropolitan area

Local Government Areas declared as cities

This list includes Local Government Areas inside the Sydney metropolitan area but excludes cities acknowledged on the Geographical Names Register.

* - LGA within the Sydney metropolitan area

Northern Territory


South Australia



Western Australia

The following list is of cities in Western Australia with a population of over 10,000. Cities located within the Perth metro area (except for Fremantle) are not included.

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