COVID-19 has rewritten the entrenched habits and norms of the way Victorians live, work and play. We've seen years of disruption and digitisation accelerate as the pandemic forced individuals, families, businesses and governments to adjust to a vastly different world. For our state to thrive in a post-pandemic world, our cities and regions must continue to provide new opportunity, infrastructure and services as it acknowledges the changing needs of its citizens. That's why CityPulse 2021 examines Victorians shifting priorities and changing values, as COVID-19 drives permanent change and new habits in the way we live and work. Our analysis assesses the liveability of Melbourne's suburbs, considering those who can or will continue to work from home (Live - Staying Local ) and those who can't or won't (Live - Commuting ). We've also taken an individual approach to the working habits of suburbs, using census data to determine the types of jobs people have and the flexibility they are afforded to do those jobs - where they want - and when they want. In CityPulse 2021, we have sought to understand the shifts in the way Victorians live and work ignited by the pandemic and how we address the challenges and the opportunities that lie ahead for Victoria.
Despite the realities of COVID-19, staying connected to the business heart of a city remains a priority for many people, demonstrated by Melbourne’s CBD securing the top Live - Commuting score for 2021. The result gives rise to our view that reports of the death of our CBDs are grossly exaggerated. In fact, the CBD will retain its place as the heart of our city, and a hub of commerce, creativity and leisure. So, what’s next for Melbourne’s CBD - How will the focal point of our economy transition and thrive again in a post-COVID world?
Top Live - Staying Local Score
Top Live - Commuting Score
Most walkable suburb
CityPulse taps into a national dataset that looks at our cities, and the communities these are made of, across our key liveability indices.
CityPulse 2021 recognises the way our working habits have changed due to COVID-19, and our lives have become more localised. This year's scores offer a perspective on what makes a suburb truly liveable for those who are able to or chooses to work from home (Live - Staying Local) and those who cannot work from home, or choose to return to the office (Live - Commuting). These scores measure things like the availability of the services we need, and the other facilities we like to use. It focuses on general access and availability with measures based on 15-minute walking distance and 30-minute drive or public transport to secondary amenities from each suburban destination.
This year, we’ve also added our Walkability metric, so Melburnians can see how walkable their suburb is based on key amenities within a 15-minute walk.
Learn more about the CityPulse methodology in our report here.
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PwC's CityPulse assesses how each area performs against each of the metrics and is based on a range of data sources. The reliability, accuracy or completeness of this information has not been independently verified. CityPulse focuses on general access and availability and does not currently take into account the demographics or preferences of local residents.
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