One of the world's most liveable cities

Melbourne is one of the world's most liveable cities

The 2018 Global Liveability Report by The Economist Intelligence Unit is not alone in positioning Melbourne as one of the best cities in the world in which to work and live.*

So what is it about living and working in Melbourne that makes it such an inviting place in which to live and work?

Quality schools and university education

Melbourne is home to some of the best schools and universities in the world. With 10 world-class universities, Melbourne is also home to the highest ranked university in Australia and the third highest in Asia-Pacific. There are over 2500 schools in Victoria and over 1300 schools in Melbourne.

There’s a healthy buzz in the city

Melbourne offers the ideal environment for young educated professionals with lifestyles that blur work, personal and leisure time. Vibrant inner city neighbourhoods with a diverse range of nightlife, entertainment, retail and cultural experience. And Melbourne offers these ingredients of a great lifestyle in an environment made healthy by low pollution and crime, good quality parks, healthcare, pay equity and commute times among others.

Laneway culture, cafes and restaurants

Influenced by our multiculturalism, Melbourne has developed a 'buzzing' inner-city culture. The grid of interlocking city laneways has created a culture of 'hidden' cafes, one-off boutiques and world-class restaurants, making it internationally regarded as one of the most concentrated and diverse dining cultures in the world.

We're home to dynamic and cutting-edge art and culture. Places like the Southbank precinct—where the Arts CentreMelbourne Theatre CompanyMelbourne Recital CentreMalthouse Theatre, and the National Gallery of Victoria form our beating cultural heart. Federation Square—home to Australian Centre for the Moving Image and the Ian Potter Centre. Or see the work of local artists who often exhibit at hole-in-the-wall galleries and theatres across the city.

The best sporting events in the world

Major sporting events take centre stage in Melbourne throughout the year. With the Australian Open Tennis, Australian Grand Prix, the AFL Grand Final, Twenty Twenty Cricket and Melbourne Cup, Melbourne puts on a spectacular series of large-scale sporting events throughout the year.

Have a look here for more on what makes Melbourne a great place to live and work.

The sublime landscapes of regional Victoria

if the city lifestyle begins to take its toll, there are tall forests, historic villages, Australian wildlife, vine-filled valleys and rugged coastlines within a 90-minute drive from Melbourne. From Phillip Island's great beaches and famous Penguin Parade, the Great Ocean Road's beach holiday towns and stunning 12 Apostles, the scenic mountain villages of The Dandenongs, or the rolling countryside of the Yarra Ranges. Regional Victoria is an impressive checklist of rich cultural highlights, epicurean delights and natural attractions.

A culturally diverse population

Victoria's strong history of migration has produced a culturally and linguistically diverse population. Many Victorians speak a language other than English, especially Asian languages. There are over 480,000 Asian language speakers, over 550,000 European language speakers (other than English), and over 230 languages and dialects spoken in Melbourne.

What to do now

If you're ready to take the first steps towards living in Melbourne get in touch with the San Francisco office of the State Government of Victoria. Michael Kapel and his team are ideally positioned to help you.

  • 1st in the world for personal well-being in AT Kearney's 2018 Global Cities Report
  • 1st equal for environmental performance in the AT Kearney report
  • 1st in Asia Pacific for lifestyle in the FDI Intelligence Asia-Pacific Cities of the Future 2017/2018 report
  • 3rd in the world for the quality of our coffees in Savills Flat White Index 2017
  • 3rd in the world for wellness in Savills Tech Cities 2017.