Community indicators

Community indicators

Measuring wellbeing

In response to a growing appreciation that there is more to being successful than just boosting economic output, we monitor a broad range of factors that contribute to community wellbeing and sustainability.

Collectively, the suite of indicators and measures we monitor make up the Community Indicators framework that helps us gauge progress towards Sydney 2030

Community Indicators data are used in the development of social, cultural, environmental, governance and economic policy. They are sourced from a range of primary research efforts, such as City of Sydney surveys and records, and from secondary data repositories such as the Australian Bureau of Statistics census and NSW Health surveys.

Updates are collected on an ongoing basis and frequency varies from 6-monthly to 5-year periods, depending on the data source.  Data are compared against initial or ‘baseline’ measures and analysed for change over time.

Community Indicators framework

The Community Indicators framework was developed in 2011 in partnership with the Institute for Sustainable Futures (University of Technology, Sydney) and the McCaughey Research Centre (University of Melbourne). It went on public exhibition in early 2012, was amended in response to public feedback and adopted by Council later that year.

The Community Indicators project is based on comprehensive research and international best practice. It is closely aligned with similar projects at other local councils, the Victorian and Queensland state governments and the Commonwealth government. 

You can download the framework and background report.


Nansi Richards
Senior Research Officer, Community Indicators
02 9265 9333

Last updated: Thursday, 11 June 2015