FACTBase Bulletin 17 - Exploring Understandings of Liveability for Perth

This FACTBase Bulletin has two objectives. It first examines the concept of urban liveability in academic, policy and popular/media circles. It then attempts to show how new knowledge, policy action and, potentially, institutional and investment changes in Perth might be envisaged by way of redefining liveability.

Key Findings
  • Liveability as a concept has been increasingly used in recent times in academic debates relating to more people friendly and sustainable environments.
  • Buzzwords such as vibrancy, creativity, knowledge economy, compact city, and liveability have become new currency of policy initiatives.
  • Perth is being benchmarked on liveability outcomes across other Australian and global cities through indexes such as: The Worldwide Cost of Living Survey, Annual Demographic International Housing Affordability Survey (2010), and the Sustainable Cities Index.
  • Using the ‘liveability’ concept in Perth to facilitate better urban outcomes can be done through the reinterpretation and readjustment of current policies to incorporate liveability.
  • A major challenge for Perth and liveability is how the wins and losses from economic booms are appropriated more evenly
Acknowledgement of Country

The Committee For Perth acknowledges the traditional custodians throughout Western Australia and their continuing connection to the land, waters and community. We pay our respects to all members of the Aboriginal communities and their cultures; and to Elders both past and present.