Greater Melbourne Vital Signs 2017 takes the ‘pulse’ of our city. It provides a snapshot of its health and vitality and identifies the things to celebrate and the issues we face as we all create a sustainable and resilient city.

In August 2017, the ‘The Economist’ ranked Melbourne as the world’s most liveable city for the seventh year in a row. We celebrate our city’s culture, healthcare, education and stability. We also recognise that we face challenges now and into the future.

The goal of Greater Melbourne Vital Signs 2017 is to promote discussion on the key issues that affect the lives of all people who live and work here. We hope this report will help charities, other foundations and not-for-profit organisations, policy advisors, our local communities and indeed government to identify where together we can make the most difference. We hope this report encourages innovative solutions to our challenges. Greater Melbourne Vital Signs will help us plan our grant making to address high priority community issues.

United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals

The Vital Signs program connects with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. These goals set targets for sustainable economic, social and environmental development by 2030.

2017 Report Card

Homelessness & Affordable Housing



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Environment & Sustainability


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Education & Employment


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Healthy & Resilient Communities


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