Which is Australia’s most liveable city?

Australia’s cities are vital to the prosperity of our nation.

So how are we going?

The Property Council asked 5,200 people to judge their city’s performance in 17 areas, including design, safety, education, housing and government in the My City – the people’s verdict survey.

And surprisingly we barely achieve a pass mark on the most important measure: liveability.

Here’s how our capital cities fared this year:

How did your city rank? News.com.au reported the following:


Ranked as Australia’s most liveable city for the second year running.

The Good – Almost 75 per cent of locals saw Adelaide as an affordable place to maintain a good standard of living.

The city ranked highest for health services and locals believed the city had an attractive environment that encouraged a wide range of outdoor activities.

The Bad – Only 48 per cent of respondents thought Adelaide had good job opportunities; the worst result for a mainland capital city. And less than half felt Adelaide had a good public transport service. Residents were also dissatisfied with the State Government’s performance, particularly in terms of property taxes and making housing affordable.


Ranked as Australia’s second most liveable city, but housing affordability remains a concern in the country’s capital.

The Good – The A.C.T did well in several areas including having a good road network and minimal traffic, being a safe place to live and being clean, well-maintained and unpolluted.

The Bad – Canberra performed relatively poorly when it came to having a vibrant cultural scene and a good range of quality affordable housing.


While Melbourne is often voted as one of the world’s most liveable cities by international judges, some Melbournians didn’t seemed so impressed with their own city. Residents rated Melbourne’s liveability as equal third with Perth.

The Good – Melbourne scored the highest rating of any city for its cultural scene and architecture and also ranked highly for its health care and education services.

The Bad – Melbourne lost points for traffic congestion, high property prices, general cleanliness and climate.

Melbournians also gave the State Government a bare pass, unhappy with its management of urban growth and the imposition of high stamp-duty charges.


Ranked equal 3rd with Melbourne.

The Good – The locals enjoy Perth’s climate, outdoor recreation and natural environment.

The city ranked well in education and health services. And, though adequacy of public transport scored poorly everywhere, Perth topped the list as having the best facilities.

The Bad – Locals slammed Perth’s cultural and entertainment scene.


Despite it’s great climate, locals have ranked Brisbane fifth in terms of capital city liveability.

The Good – Brisbane won top marks for climate, but the floods of the past year pushed its score down. It ranked well for having vibrant cultural entertainment, good health care, attractive city design and lack of pollution.

The Bad – Public transport rated above the national average but still only impressed less than half of residents.

Fewer than half believed a good standard of living was affordable in Brisbane. Interestingly only 50 per cent felt Brisbane was a safe place.


A lack of strategic planning has Hobart’s residents seeing a bleak future.

The Good – Hobart scored quite highly with its residents for its range of recreational outdoor activities, attractive natural environment, look and design.

The Bad – Hobart performed poorly in key areas such as education, health, employment and economic opportunities.


I know I’m biased, but I think Australia’s biggest capital city is the best place in the world. In the survey, some Sydneysiders believed their city is more beautiful, entertaining, cleaner and safer than it was 12 months ago, however overall it still ranked poorly compared to the other capital cities.

The Good – Sydneysiders were happy with their transport and health services, feeling facilities had improved over the last year.

The Bad – Traffic congestion is clearly a problem in the Harbour City, with two-thirds of commuters thinking Sydney’s road network needs addressing and just over half saying the State Government was doing a poor or very poor job on keeping up with overall infrastructure.


One city had to come last in the poll and it was Darwin, which was seen as unaffordable, unsafe, and a bad place to be if you are unhealthy.

The Good – Locals were positive about community harmony, with 70 per cent believing people of diverse cultural backgrounds “got on”.

Residents also thought Darwin had good employment and economic opportunities (77 per cent).

The Bad – Darwin’s residents say their city is expensive, unsafe and has poor health care.

Darwin also ranked lowest in residents ‘satisfaction with education; with 40 per cent of respondents saying the city does not have good schools or education facilities.

You can check out some of the other material sourced from news.com.au for more commentary.


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George Raptis


George is a Director of Metropole Property Strategists in Sydney. He shares his 27 years of experience in the property industry as a licensed estate agent and active property investor to help create wealth for his clients.
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