Jagajaga was proclaimed an electorate in 1984.
Spanning 104 square kilometres, Jagajaga takes in the suburbs of Bellfield, Bundoora, Briar Hill, Diamond Creek, Eaglemont, Eltham North (parts of), Ivanhoe, Ivanhoe East, Greensborough, Heidelberg, Heidelberg Heights, Macleod, Montmorency, Plenty, Rosanna, St Helena, Viewbank, Yallambie, Wattle Glen, Watsonia, Watsonia North and West Heidelberg.
It is part of the lands of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nation. Jagajaga has many distinct and vibrant local communities and is home to almost 500 community organisations alone; a testament to its strong community spirit.
It is an attractive place for families with a range of wonderful local schools, clubs and outdoor environments along the Yarra and Plenty Rivers and the Darebin and Diamond Creeks.
The area is home to light industry and retail, the Simpson Army Barracks and the Austin Hospital precinct which connects the Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Centre, the Melbourne Brain Centre and the Mercy Hospital.
It is also home to the historic Austin Repat Hospital.
Jagajaga has a rich Olympic Games history, being home to the 1956 Olympic Village in West Heidelberg and to nearby Olympic Park where international athletes trained and prepared for competition.
Jagajaga covers (all or part) of the Local Government Areas of Banyule and the Shire of Nillumbik, as well as the State Electoral Districts of Bundoora, Eltham, Ivanhoe and Yan Yean.
“Jagajaga is well known as a generous and well-connected community, where people’s lives are occupied with family, work and involvement in our wonderful schools, playgroups, RSLs and sporting clubs.
We enjoy our open spaces – the iconic Yarra Trail winds its way through parklands, wetlands and playing fields where thousands of people walk, ride, play and compete in the sports they love every week of the year.”
– Kate Thwaites MP