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City monitoring

Future Melbourne

Future Melbourne is Melbourne's long-term plan for the future direction of all aspects of city life, replacing the former City Plan 2010.

City benchmarking and comparisons

A growing number of national and international city ranks and indices are being created to compare cities all over the world against one another on various subjects of interest.

A ranking index works as a 'composite indicator', summarising, weighting and scoring a big or small collection of individual indicators for cities around the world in relation to a topic of interest, for example liveability, and then ranking the cities by outcome.
They are good at generating interest and stimulating debate by making great headlines and receiving widespread media and government attention. They can serve to help raise public awareness of an issue, rally public opinion and stimulate public pride.

Melburnians know, for example, that Melbourne is regarded as the world's most liveable city and feel proud – so City of Melbourne is interested, keeps an inventory of known rankings and tries to understand them. 

How easy are they to understand? How effective are they at communicating ideas about cities? Are they any good as indicators of progress? Are they useful public policy tools?

Are they 'good research'?

Our answers to these questions may surprise you.

International city comparisons (PDF, 365kb)
International city comparisons (text only, 185kb)

For more information about other research monitoring the state of the city, go to Environmental indicators.

Municipal Strategic Statement Performance Monitoring 2006

This publication summarises a range of land use indicators used by the City of Melbourne to monitor the Municipal Strategic Statement, which is part of a proposed amendment to the Melbourne Planning Scheme (Amendment C60).

Municipal Strategic Statement Performance Monitoring (PDF, 1.6MB) 
Municipal Strategic Statement Performance Monitoring (text only, 2MB) 


  1. 1982 to 2004 Census of Land Use and Employment, City of Melbourne
  2. Pathway (rates) database, City of Melbourne
  3. Development Activity Trend Analysis, City of Melbourne
  4. Population Forecasts, City of Melbourne
  5. 2001 Census of Population and Housing, Australian Bureau of Statistics
  6. Employment, Gross Regional Product & Metabolism, National Economics

Related statistical information

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