Quality of Life in Melbourne, Australia

Purchasing Power Index 101.03   High
Safety Index 55.52   Moderate
Health Care Index 75.00   High
Climate Index 94.30   Very High
Cost of Living Index 78.15   Moderate
Property Price to Income Ratio 9.05   Moderate
Traffic Commute Time Index 40.58   Moderate
Pollution Index 25.99   Low
ƒ Quality of Life Index: 175.13   Very High

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wikipedia source on Nov 11, 2020:
Australia

On 26 January 2020, two of Australia's highest circulating newspapers published provocative headlines. Melbourne's Herald Sun's headline read, "Chinese virus pandamonium", a misspelling of "pandemonium" and alluding to China's native pandas, while Sydney's Daily Telegraph's headline read "China kids stay home". One of the outcomes of these headlines was a petition of over 51,000 signatures demanding an apology.

At a Woolworths supermarket in Port Hedland, Western Australia, a person reported an incident whereby a staff member removed and refused entry to customers who appeared to be of Asian descent, claiming it was to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. A witness to the incident made a complaint that was upheld by Woolworths who confirmed that the staff member had been in the wrong, apologised for the incident and said they were conducting a full investigation into the incident.

Ravenswood School for Girls, a private school on Sydney's North Shore asked a South Korean student to leave her dormitory – even though she had not been to China since visiting Shanghai in October 2019 and was medically cleared when she arrived at the school. Similarly, a Chinese-Malaysian student in Perth found herself evicted from her shared home upon returning to Australia after visiting her home country for Lunar New Year.

There has been a growing number of reports where members of the Chinese-Australian and Asian-Australian communities have been subjected to verbal vitriol and racist slurs, in addition to suggestions on social media to cull the Chinese race and "burn down" China to stop the epidemic. On 20 March 2020, a student wearing a mask in Hobart, Tasmania was told, "you've got the virus" and "go back to your country" before being punched leaving him with a bruised eye and broken glasses. The reason for the attack was partly attributed to the cultural differences in wearing masks in Eastern and Western cultures.

Chinese restaurants and establishments in Sydney and Melbourne have seen a dramatic drop in business, with trade declining by over 70%.

On 28 January 2020, a man collapsed and died of a suspected cardiac arrest outside of a restaurant in Sydney's Chinatown. Unconfirmed viral videos circulating on social media suggest that bystanders refused to perform CPR out of fear of the novel coronavirus.

According to an online Ipsos MORI poll, 23% of Australian respondents would consider in the future avoiding people of Chinese origin to protect themselves from coronavirus.
Anonymous on Nov 03, 2020:
Property to income 8.93??

Are you living in a scummy street in a place like the cheap parts of Cranbourne and Carrum Downs in a 50 yr old 3 bedroom house or a 2 bedroom shoe box right on top of the train line in Hawthorn, no parking included, second bedroom looks more like a broom cupboard?
Anonymous on Oct 06, 2020:
IM GLAD we don't have anymore Asians coming into the country - most of them can't speak english properly and when they come to work, they don't do ANYTHING PROPERLY. thank god go home asia!.
Morgan on Apr 26, 2020:
NZ and Aussie, pure poverty people can't even pay a rent people lives in very bad conditions in these both countries regarless of what city is. Been here 1for 1 year and was in NZ last year on working holiday visa, I feel so sorry for you people in here, I already so miss home Brooklyn. You both country need to open yes and stop obeying Queen of England and build better places where people at least be able to pay rent :) you white trash bogans love you people. Stay well. I will never come this places ever again. It was waste of my money and time.
Anonymous on Dec 13, 2019:
Melbourne to me is among the best places anywhere to live. It's easy to find negative aspects if you want to, but compared to other places I've lived and visited, it's got everything going for it and opportunities to succeed abound if you have the ambition. I've lived in other places where no matter how hard you try, the opportunities just aren't there and you get stuck in a cycle of disappointment and frustration. Melbourne, on the other hand, continues to reward the majority of those who work hard and believe in themselves. Additionally, it's a beautiful city with such a diversity of cultures and a rich landscape.
Bogan what? on Oct 20, 2019:
I've lived in quite a number of cities around the World. I now live in Melbourne.

Each place has negatives and positives, but overall Melbourne is a wonderful place.

Melbourne and it's suburbs sprawl for many a mile. The weather can be wonderful, but it can also be horrible too. Housing is expensive and the number of homeless living on the street has increase. 20 years ago where were no homeless on the streets of Melbourne.

Melbourne does great coffee and food. Melbourne is a melting pot of people and cultures and most of the time Melburnian's are happy helpful caring people.
NotKris on Jun 17, 2019:
Day 3 of 7 in Melbourne and honestly I wanted to fly back home to Perth as soon as my taxi dropped me off at my hotel in the middle of Fitzroy. The people I’ve encountered so far have been extremely rude, racist and inconsiderate. Never have I felt scared to walk around in a crowded city before. I’ve felt more safe walking alone in countries such as Mexico and Cambodia than I have in Fitzroy and Melbourne in general. First time in Victoria and I think it’ll be my last.
G on Feb 05, 2019:
There's a painting called "Collins St, 5pm", by John Brack painted in 1955 of Melbourne city workers filing out of a dull lifeless city. That's pretty much the same now, only sprawled further out. If you want to lose yourself in a lifeless void, Melbourne is the place.
https://www.ngv.vic.gov.au/explore/collection/work/3161/
Anonymous on Dec 08, 2018:
I just moved from Perth to Melbourne, OMG what a difference in the level of culture, respect & manners.
Melbourne is the most civil place in the whole of Australia, and there is barely any trach / white trash bogans compared to places like perth.
Yes Melbourne is expensive - so what, its worth it.There is ALWAYS SOMETHING to do here.
MELBOURNE FTW :)
Tone on Nov 18, 2018:
I agree with the overwhelming majority - Melbourne is an overrated dump. It is full of self aggrandising bogans who believe they are the “capital” of everything. The truth is that it is a very dull, VERY unattractive city that is dirty and very dangerous with crime. The weather is appalling and it has nothing of interest to see or do. AFL is a sickness that they all suffer from. It is growing in population, mainly from immigrants from third world countries. Nearly all other capital cities in Australia are far superior.
Larry on Jun 16, 2018:
I agree with Tumblweed and others... over-priced and lots of homeless on the street due to it being overpriced... also other than the sport, multicultural food and beaches there isn't anything extra special about it. Public transport is bad unless you live inner-city (which is even more expensive). I also felt trapped when living there but that is mostly due to the distance and of course everything being way too expensive that you don't have any money left to travel overseas.
Brian on Mar 14, 2018:
I'm with Tumbleweed as well. Most people from other cities in Australia are open about the positives and negatives of their city. Not Melbourne though, the only city where people believe their own propaganda. Anonymous' outburst is evidence of that. This means that nothing will ever improve. The worst thing that ever happened to Melbourne was being declared the world's most livable city. If you actually read that report though it doesn't include the cost of living, so more accurately, the world's most livable if and only if you are filthy rich. If not it's just a grim daily grind.
All the major cities in Australia are growing and there will be problems with that. So best choose one which is growing with its eyes and minds open.
Ct on Mar 13, 2018:
I agree with Tumbleweed. Melbourne is overrated. The coffee is average at best. I find it very boring and I feel trapped. The weather sucks and the lack of nature is depressing. Yes there is a lot of okey things here but all in all it is nothing special.
Anonymous on Mar 08, 2018:
The commenter below is obviously an inbred Perth bogan. Melbourne rocks because it is full of classy, friendly intelligent hipsters unlike Perth where inbred knuckle draggers will murder you for fun if you weren’t born there.
Tumbleweed on Feb 14, 2018:
Melbourne has got to be the most overrated city in the country. Like a bad movie that inexplicably got good reviews, just adds to the disappointment. I've worked here and traveled here more times than I meant to. Overpriced housing in an urban sprawl. Standing with an armpit in your face on a slow moving tram while it drizzles on the grey streets and mouldy buildings outside. And for what? So some hipster can make you a coffee when you eventually make it to the city, which you're then honour bound to declare is the best coffee you've ever had (it's not) based purely on the fact that it was made in Melbourne by a hipster.
And this belief by the locals that any event that happens here is so cool and unique to Melbourne. Evidently they don't get out much.