Adelaide retains ‘most liveable’ mantle but other capitals closing in

25 Mar 2012
Property Council
Property Council of Australia

Adelaideans have once again voted their city the nation’s most liveable, but a perceived lack of vibrancy has seen the gap between first and the rest close considerably.

It’s the second time running that Adelaide has been voted Australia’s most liveable city in the ‘My City: The People’s Verdict’ survey. The survey, taken by Auspoll on behalf of the Property Council, showed Adelaide again rated as the most liveable city according to its residents. Adelaide achieved the same accolade in the inaugural 2011 survey.

Property Council (SA Division) Executive Director Nathan Paine says the results proved what most Adelaideans instinctively know – that Adelaide is great, but it should be even better.

“This second survey again proves that Adelaide has many of the great qualities that make a city livable, but it has shed light on where we have room for improvement,” Mr Paine said.

“Adelaide rated highly because we succeed in the areas most important to us – diversity and affordability in housing, good health and transport facilities and a clean, unpolluted environment for our kids.

“But the main thing holding us back – and the main reason other capitals are catching up on Adelaide for liveability - is a perceived lack of vibrancy in terms of entertainment options, as well as career opportunities for young people.”

Despite a slight improvement in its liveability score, Adelaide’s ascendancy came under challenge from a resurgent Canberra, closing the gap from second place. Melbourne and Perth sit in equal third position and residents of Sydney and Darwin rate their cites as the least liveable in Australia.

The Property Council is soon to embark on a series of projects to ensure that South Australia’s future prosperity – driven by an expected boom in employment and investment opportunities fuelled by major resource projects in the state’s north – translates into a prosperous, dynamic and exciting CBD that attracts and retains talent.

Mr Paine said these initiatives will build on the State Government’s commitment to a vibrant and economically robust CBD.

“We are in lock-step with the State Government’s resolute ambition to deliver a CBD that’s ready to entertain Adelaideans at any time of day, to contrast and complement the quiet, affordable and safe suburban lifestyle we can enjoy here,” Mr Paine said.

“This survey shows we’ve got the latter down pat; it’s past time we stopped talking and started doing to lock in the former.”


For more information or interviews please contact:

Nathan Paine, Executive Director, Property Council of Australia (SA Division) 0448 445 177