Community Wellbeing Survey Results 2019

In the 2019 Community Wellbeing Survey, 96% of Melville residents who responded reported a positive quality of life (wellbeing) and 98% felt optimistic about their future in five years.

Reason for the Survey

The City of Melville commissions a Community Wellbeing Survey every two years.

This Survey provides a key indicator for understanding and measuring our community’s perception of their quality of life (wellbeing).

Through work previously done with the community, our residents told us there are six outcomes that impact their sense of wellbeing and in this survey, for the very first time, we measured those outcomes. These are Clean and Green, Safe and Secure, Healthy Lifestyles, Growth and Prosperity, Sense of Community and, Sustainable and Connected Transport.

Thank you to everyone who participated in the survey.

The Survey Process

The survey was conducted by Edith Cowan University Survey Research Centre (ECU SRC) which is accredited to international standards for social research (ISO 20252). ECU SRC used a telephone database of landline and mobile numbers to survey the City’s residents, meeting quotas that were set for gender, age and suburb to match the demographic composition of the City according to the 2016 Australian Bureau of Statistics Census.

Residents were asked to answer a series of questions and were requested to select an answer that best describes their current life. The survey also included two open-ended questions, both asking what more could be done in the community (a top priority and second priority) to support community wellbeing.

The survey results and detailed data will now assist the City with future decision-making regarding roles, actions, projects and resourcing, and will contribute towards the City becoming more effective in supporting the community’s needs and overall wellbeing.

The Results

Overall, the survey results tell us that life is good and getting better for our residents in the City of Melville.

96% of the residents surveyed reported a positive quality of life (wellbeing) and 98% are optimistic about their future.

Our community’s perception of their wellbeing has increased to 96% in the 2019 survey, returning to the previous levels of wellbeing seen in 2011 and 2009.

In 2017, 95% of residents were optimistic about their future in five years, compared to the 2019 survey, where 98% of our residents are indicating their optimism for the future.

What Did the Community Say?

% of Participants with a Positive Rating 
96%Report a positive quality of life (wellbeing)
98%Are optimistic about their future in five years
89%Agree the City of Melville is a good place to grow old - People 55+ years old
97%Agree the City of Melville is a good place to raise a family - People under 55 years old


We asked resident’s whether they agree or disagree that their area positively demonstrates the six outcomes, the key factors of wellbeing. Below is the percentage of residents who agree or strongly agree that their area positively demonstrates each of the outcomes:

  • Clean and Green Environment – 92.0%
  • Safe and Secure – 91.5%
  • Healthy Lifestyles – 89.5%
  • Growth and Prosperity – 82.8%
  • Sense of Community – 76.6%
  • Sustainable and Connected Transport – 76.3%

Outcome Priority

We also asked residents to nominate their top and second highest priority outcomes where they think more needs to be done in the community.

Overall, they gave Safety and Security, and Clean and Green environment the top priority.

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