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Wellbeing Index

Are Australians getting happier?

Australian Unity, partnering with Deakin University, has been measuring Australians’ general wellbeing since 2001. In 2018, we used data gathered over the past 16 years to measure and compare general wellbeing across different age groups of adults living in Australia.

There is often a perceived negativity, particularly surrounding our nation’s young adults, that the future is ‘doom and gloom’. An increasingly unaffordable housing market, reported isolation due to social-media and the burden of carrying high education costs are just some of the factors assumed to negatively affect younger people’s  wellbeing.

Contrary to this however, our young people are reporting an increase in levels of wellbeing. Dr Delyce Hutchinson, Senior Research Fellow, Deakin University reports that the life satisfaction scores of 18-25 year olds have improved significantly since 2002, from 73.4 to 77.8 out of 100 – the biggest increase of the cohorts surveyed. 

In contrast, overall life satisfaction for those aged 76+ has fallen slightly, although this group continues to report the highest wellbeing level of any age cohort. 

So, are Australians getting happier? 

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The Wellbeing Index

Australian Unity, in partnership with the Australian Centre on Quality of Life at Deakin University, regularly measures how satisfied Australians are with their own lives and with life in Australia.

Using the Australian Unity Wellbeing Index, it investigates satisfaction with economic, environmental and social conditions in Australia, and gives insights into our individual wellbeing.

The Australian Unity Wellbeing Index is a comprehensive measure of personal and national wellbeing. Unlike traditional indicators of quality of life such as Gross Domestic Product, the index measures how Australians feel about personal issues such as their relationships or national issues such as satisfaction with government.

Since its launch in April 2001, the Australian Unity Wellbeing Index has established itself as the leading and most comprehensive measure of wellbeing in Australia.