Building a happier, healthier community

The City has developed a set of community wellbeing indicators to help better understand our community and gauge the progress of our Sustainable Sydney 2030 program.

For the last 60 years, the progress of societies has been understood and measured in economic terms. However, there is a growing awareness that GDP alone can't measure a community's overall wellbeing.

Across the world, there has been a growing movement towards community indicators as a better method of measuring the progress, wellbeing and sustainability of communities.

At a recent City Talk, Poverty Amid Plenty, speakers reflected on ways we can build more equitable and sustainable communities. Part of the answer is changing how we measure progress.

On a planet with finite resources, endless growth and consumption is a disastrous goal - not just for our environment, but also for our health and prosperity.

Over the last 18 months, the City has worked with the Institute for Sustainable Futures at the University of Technology, Sydney, and the McCaughey Research Centre (MRC) at the University of Melbourne, to develop a comprehensive community indicator framework for the City that addresses social, environmental, cultural, economic and governance policy concerns.

Community wellbeing indicators help strengthen local communities in direct and practical ways. The indicators will gather data from a range of sources to build a comprehensive set of indicators specifically for the City of Sydney.

The findings will be reported annually to help ensure the City policy and budget decisions are based on the best local evidence. Over time they will also provide a holistic measure of the progress being made in strengthening local communities.


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