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Wellbeing Index

Australian Unity, partnering with Deakin University, has been measuring Australians’ general wellbeing since 2001. It has been found that many Australians are hitting a happiness slump in their 40s and 50s, with wellbeing levels significantly lower than those in younger and older cohorts.

The 2018 survey of 1,965 Australians finds the overall average life satisfaction scores of 46-55 year olds was 73.3 (out of 100), compared with 75.5 for 26-35 year-olds and 77.1 for 66-75 year-olds.

“The survey data reveal that while many middle-aged Australians are travelling well, a significant group, around one in eight, are really struggling to get by, with life satisfaction scores well below normal,” explained Dr Delyse Hutchinson, Senior Research Fellow at Deakin University School of Psychology.

We examined what is making the younger and older cohorts happier, particularly focussing on financial control and general financial outlook, to compare the difference and perhaps examine where the change in middle age may occur. 

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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.