Community indicators

Community indicators

Measuring wellbeing

The City has developed 101 indicators and 161 measures to help track the wellbeing and sustainability of our community, and gauge the progress we’re making through Sustainable Sydney 2030.

The Draft City of Sydney Community Wellbeing Indicator framework and the indicators were developed in partnership with the Institute for Sustainable Futures at the University of Technology, Sydney, and the McCaughey Research Centre at the University of Melbourne. They  address social, cultural, environmental, governance and economic policy concerns.

They are based on comprehensive background research and international best practice, and closely align with work by other local councils, the Victorian and Queensland state governments and the Commonwealth Government.

On 2 January 2012 to 3 March 2012, the draft framework and indicators were placed on public exhibition and an information session for stakeholder groups was held on 7 February 2012.

Several changes were made to the Draft Community Wellbeing Indicators as a result of responses received through the exhibition process and ongoing internal discussion by Council officers.

On 18 June 2012, Council resolved to adopt the City of Sydney Community Wellbeing Indicators.

About 48% of indicators and measures rely on a range of City records or City developed and maintained surveys, including the Floor Space and Employment Survey and Household and Residents Survey. Around 52% rely on external data sources such as the Australian Bureau of Statistics Census or NSW Health Population Health Survey. Each Indicator and measure has a baseline and data will need to be collected, recorded and interpreted on an ongoing basis. The frequency of data collection varies from quarterly to every five years depending on the specific indicator and frequency of updates from the data source.

The background report written by ISF at the University of Technology Sydney and the City of Sydney Community Wellbeing Indicators are available to download.


Nansi Richards
Senior Research Officer, Community Indicators
02 9246 7518

Last updated: Tuesday, 13 January 2015