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The Australian Unity Wellbeing Index

What is the Australian Unity Wellbeing Index?

Since 2000, we've partnered with the Australian Centre on Quality of Life at Deakin University to track how satisfied people across Australia are with their lives as a whole, using seven key domains of wellbeing.

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 the first survey's launch, the Australian Unity Wellbeing Index has established itself as the leading and most comprehensive measure of wellbeing in Australia.

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The latest Australian Unity Wellbeing Index study conducted reports that retirees have a much higher sense of personal wellbeing compared to the general population, returning an average survey score of 80 points, significantly higher than non-retirees at 76 points.

Returning higher levels of satisfaction across six out of the seven domains of wellbeing, the only area where retirees returned a lower score to the general population was in the area of ‘health’.

“It would seem that retirees’ wellbeing is closely connected to their relationships and interactions with others,” the report’s author Associate Professor Delyse Hutchinson from the Deakin University School of Psychology said.

“This positive connection with others would tend to offset their lower satisfaction with ‘health’, which declines as age-related ailments set in.”

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How do you compare on our Wellbeing Index?

The Australian Unity Personal Wellbeing Index tool offers a simple test for those wanting to measure their wellbeing. Using markers including satisfaction with health, personal relationships, standard of living and sense of community, the tool computes an individual’s wellbeing score, and advises if it is in the normal range for Australians.

The tool also offers general advice if an individual’s personal wellbeing score is outside the normal range, and further advice about which areas of wellbeing may be an issue for individuals.

Take the short Wellbeing Index survey here