Celebrating some of Australia’s beautiful cities
In recent years, several indices of “liveability” have rated cities around the world. These include the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) Global Liveability Ranking, Mercer’s Quality of Living Ranking and Monocle’s Quality of Life Survey. These various surveys are based on a number of measures, including political and economic stability; access to healthcare, education, public transport and recreational activities; quality of infrastructure; and the integrity of the environment.
Australian cities consistently rate very highly in these surveys. According to the annual EIU Global Liveability Survey, Melbourne has been the world’s most liveable city for the last seven years, placing second in the most recent 2018 survey. In the 2017 survey, Adelaide, Perth, Sydney and Brisbane were all ranked in the top 20. Australian cities also ranked highly in Mercer’s Quality of Living Ranking: of the 231 cities assessed, Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, Canberra, Adelaide and Brisbane all made it to the top 40 in 2018. This year, Monocle’s Quality of Life Survey has rated Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane among the top 25 cities in the world.
Such surveys really just confirm what most of us in Australia already know – our major cities are highly desirable places in which to live. The Beautiful Cities stamp issue, released on 25 September 2018 and designed by Jason Watts of the Australia Post Design Studio, celebrates the cities of Melbourne, Adelaide and Brisbane on three international-rate stamps.