About Wills

The electorate of Wills is 46 square kilometers and includes the suburbs of Brunswick, Brunswick East, Brunswick West, Coburg, parts of Coburg North, Pascoe Vale South, Pascoe Vale, Oak Park, Hadfield, Glenroy and Fawkner.

It was named in honour of William John Wills, 1834–61. Wills was the surveyor and astronomer of an ultimately unsuccessful 1860 government expedition to cross Australia from Melbourne to the Gulf of Carpentaria.

Wills is a diverse electorate that is home to many communities. It has a large population of migrants from Italy and Greece, as well as a growing number of African, Middle Eastern and South Asian migrants choosing to call it home.

Wills by the numbers (as of the 2016 Census)

  • Wills has a population of 154,000
  • 34% were born overseas, and 38% speak a language other than English at home
  • The top 5 languages (other than English) spoken are Italian, Arabic, Greek, Urdu and Mandarin
  • 11.8% are employed in the Health and Social Services sector and 11.2% are employed in teaching and education
  • At the 2019 election, there were 110,658 residents enrolled to vote