The State Government of Victoria defines rural and regional Victoria as the 48 local government areas including six alpine resort areas set out in Schedule 2 of the Regional Development Victoria Act 2002

The 10 regional city local government areas are Ballarat, Greater Bendigo, Greater Geelong, Greater Shepparton, Horsham, Latrobe, Mildura, Wangaratta, Warrnambool and Wodonga.  The remaining 38 local government areas including six alpine resort areas are referred to as the rural local government areas.

The 48 Local Government Authorities in Regional Victoria are:

  • Alpine Shire Council
  • Ararat Rural City
  • Ballarat City
  • Bass Coast Shire
  • Baw Baw Shire
  • Benalla Rural City
  • Buloke Shire
  • Campaspe Shire
  • Central Goldfields Shire
  • Colac-Otway Shire
  • Corangamite Shire
  • East Gippsland Shire
  • Gannawarra Shire
  • Glenelg Shire
  • Golden Plains Shire
  • Greater Bendigo City
  • Greater Geelong City
  • Greater Shepparton City
  • Hepburn Shire
  • Hindmarsh Shire
  • Horsham Rural City
  • Indigo Shire
  • Latrobe City
  • Loddon Shire
  • Macedon Ranges Shire
  • Mansfield Shire
  • Mildura Rural City
  • Mitchell Shire
  • Moira Shire
  • Moorabool Shire
  • Mount Alexander Shire
  • Moyne Shire
  • Murrindindi Shire
  • Northern Grampians Shire
  • Pyrenees Shire
  • Queenscliffe Borough
  • South Gippsland Shire
  • Southern Grampians Shire
  • Strathbogie Shire
  • Surf Coast Shire
  • Swan Hill Rural City
  • Towong Shire
  • Wangaratta Rural City
  • Warrnambool City
  • Wellington Shire
  • West Wimmera Shire
  • Wodonga City
  • Yarriambiack Shire

The 10 interface Local Government Authorities are:

  • Cardinia Shire Council
  • Casey City Council
  • Hume City Council
  • Melton Shire Council
  • Mitchell Shire Council
  • Mornington Peninsula Shire
  • Nillumbik Shire Council
  • Whittlesea City Council
  • Wyndham City Council
  • Yarra Ranges Council