The Inner Melbourne Action Plan (IMAP) is a collaborative partnership between the Cities of Melbourne, Port Phillip, Stonnington, Yarra and Maribyrnong.

These inner Melbourne Councils work together to strengthen the liveability, attraction and prosperity of the region.

Inner Melbourne Action Plan 2006

The first Inner Melbourne Action Plan was adopted in 2006 in response to the demands of "Melbourne 2030", the State Government's blueprint for managing sustainable growth and change across metropolitan Melbourne.

IMAP was established with the aim to ‘Make Melbourne More Liveable' by implementing a series of strategies and actions including:

  • Linking and improving transport routes;
  • Minimising traffic congestion and increasing public transport use;
  • Supporting planned residential growth and housing choice;
  • Developing the distinctive activity centres, encouraging business investment and tourism; and
  • Linking regional open space.

The Action Plan guides a collaborative and consistent approach to the future growth, development and enhancement of inner Melbourne.

Inner Melbourne Action Plan 2016-2026

In 2014, the IMAP Councils determined to review the Inner Melbourne Action Plan. This was in response to:

  • the inclusion of the Maribyrnong City Council into the IMAP region, and
  • the publication of the State Government's new strategic planning policy "Plan Melbourne" which, initially, identified the 'central subregion' around the five IMAP Councils. (The 'central subregion' was subsequently altered in the Plan Melbourne refresh.)


The new Inner Melbourne Action Plan was adopted by the five IMAP Councils on 28 June 2016.

This website still contains the ongoing and completed work of the first Action Plan.  A number of the current projects will transition through to the new plan.

An update to this website is proposed to reflect the new Plan.  In the meantime, you can see progress on implementing the new plan under the tab: Action Plan 2016-2026.

For an overview of progress on the IMAP Strategies, see the latest Progress Report.



This page was last updated 10.12.2018

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The 2019-20 IMAP Annual Report is now available - click here.

A copy of the approved Plan is available on this website. Follow this link for further information.