Why Melbourne is a truly magnificent city to live and work

In 2015 Melbourne was once again ranked the world's most liveable city by the Economist Intelligence Unit's (EIU) Global Liveability Index - an accolade we've received five years running. This world recognised index rates 140 global cities across a range of liveability factors. While this is our fifth consecutive year at the top of the table, we're proud to have consistently ranked as one of the world's top three most liveable cities since the index began in 2006.

Contributing to our ongoing top ranking is Melbourne's consistent performance across five broad categories. In 2015 we achieved perfect scores in healthcare, education and infrastructure while we outranked Sydney in the areas of stability, and culture & environment.1

It's achievements like this that make Melbourne's lifestyle an easy sell when recruiting and retaining talented professionals. Australia is ranked by expats in the top 10 places to live, ranking particularly highly for general quality of life, ease of settling in and as a destination for working abroad.2

Victorians are a healthy group, with a life expectancy that is amongst the highest in the world.3 We have high quality public and private hospitals, as well as community health services, ambulance and dental services. Melbourne has received a perfect score for healthcare for each of the past five years by the EIU Liveability Index.

Melbourne features numerous parks and open spaces. In the middle of our bustling city, take the opportunity to enjoy the tree-lined pathways through the Treasury and Fitzroy gardens, the sculptured terraces of Birrarung Marr, and the expansive Royal Botanic Gardens.

Melbourne is home to a highly educated population and some of the best schools and universities in the world. Over half of all Victorians aged 15-64 hold some form of post-secondary qualification, while over one quarter have a university degree.4 With 10 world-class universities, Melbourne has the highest ranked university in Australia and the third highest in Asia Pacific.5 In addition there are over 2,500 schools in Victoria of which over 1,300 are in Melbourne.6

According to the Plan Melbourne strategy, 1.7 million new jobs will be created by the year 2050 across the city and inner-suburban areas. These will be in a diverse range of sectors, particularly the financial, insurance, professional, scientific and technical services. Healthcare is also a huge industry, contributing $2.5 billion to the state’s export earnings. In addition to this, employment in education has increased by 44% in the last decade, the Plan Melbourne strategy also highlighted. The impact of globalisation and demand for imports has created a greater need for freight and goods-handling industries, which are predicted to increase by over 55% by 2020.

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