Teacher: Christian Johnston Melbourne The Worlds most Liveable City

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Teacher: Christian Johnston


The Worlds most Liveable City

(Double Lesson)

This lesson is to go through words associated with 'standard of living'.

OBJECTIVE: Introduce Melbourne as the most liveable city for 4 years running

watch video 1

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Uylhn5dHMU (2:20 minutes)

Ask what makes the city look good and write answers on the board.

Brainstorm what makes a city liveable.

Introduce the concept of 'standard of living'

Read article about Melbourne and highlight all the things that mention standard of living

Hand out the standard of living list

Which ones were and weren't mentioned in the article?

Watch 2 more videos about Mellbourne (which ones were and weren't mentioned in the videos)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xW0StaQfTU8 (1.08 minutes)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ItsIjP0SOc4 (2:13 minutes)

Lesson 2:

Rehash and write on the board what students remembered about 'standard of living'

Get students to browse list again and come up with anything they believe makes a place liveable which is not mentioned on the list.

Watch video about Monocle's most livebale cities for 2014, no.1 being Copenhagen.


Ask students how it differs to the Economist decision to name Melbourne no.1

What different criteria do they look at? Write answers on the board.

Go through The Economist V Monocle brief from wikipedia (on handout)

Get students to discuss in pairs which they think is a better indication of a city they would like to live in.

Discuss together.

Ask how Slovenia, Ljubljana, or the students home town would rate in liveability? Students to work on this alone.

What makes it a good place to live?

What makes it a bad place to live?

Standard of living refers to the level of:



material goods and necessities available to a certain socioeconomic class in a certain geographic area.

The standard of living includes factors such as:


quality and availability of employment,

class disparity,

poverty rate,

quality and affordability of housing,

hours of work required to purchase necessities,

gross domestic product,

inflation rate,

number of holiday days per year,

affordable (or free) access to quality healthcare,

quality and availability of education,

life expectancy,

incidence of disease,

cost of goods and services,


national economic growth,

economic and political stability,

political and religious freedom,

environmental quality,

climate and safety
The Economist V Monocle
The Economist Intelligence Unit's (EIU) most recent liveability ranking shows cities in Australia, Canada, Austria, Finland and New Zealand as the ideal destinations, thanks to a widespread availability of goods and services, low personal risk, and an effective infrastructure.

It does not take into account the cost of living as a factor in 'liveability'. The Economist Intelligence Unit has been criticised by the New York Times for being overly anglocentric, stating that "The Economist clearly equates livability with speaking English."  The August 2014 report placed Melbourne, Australia as the most liveable city in the world, with Vienna, Austria taking second place,

Since 2006, the lifestyle magazine Monocle has published an annual list of liveable cities. The list in 2008 was named "The Most Liveable Cities Index" and presented 25 top locations for quality of life.

Important criteria in this survey are safety/crime, international connectivity, climate/sunshine, quality of architecture, public transportation, tolerance, environmental issues and access to nature, urban design, business conditions, pro-active policy developments and medical care.

Australia’s fastest-growing city, Melbourne, has again been recognised as the best city in the world to live, topping the Economist Intelligence Unit’s (EIU) 2014 Global Liveability Index for the fourth year in a row. 

The EIU’s Liveability Ranking assesses living conditions in 140 cities across the globe by assigning a rating across five broad categories, including: stability; healthcare; culture and environment; education; and infrastructure.

Ranked first, Melbourne scored a perfect 100 in healthcare, education and infrastructure and within the culture and environment basket, a perfect 100 on sport.

Vienna and Vancouver have again been ranked second and third.

This news comes only weeks after Melbourne, Tokyo and Copenhagen topped culture and lifestyle magazine Monocle’s Quality of Life Survey 2014. As Monocle put it "Finding the measure of a city is as much about the intangibles that light up a community as the infrastructure keeping it going." It also takes into consideration the more subjective appeal of the places it lists, such as overall aesthetics and convenience of services.
(Important criteria in this survey are safety/crime, international connectivity, climate/sunshine, quality of architecture, public transportation, tolerance, environmental issues and access to nature, urban design, business conditions, pro-active policy developments and medical care)

The Victorian state capital offered an enviable lifestyle, underpinned by resilient economic credentials, world class infrastructure, excellent health and education systems and progressive business regulation.

With Melbourne set to become Australia’s largest city as early as 2030, the Victorian Government is investing in key infrastructure, from road and rail projects to hospitals and schools, to ensure our state remains the best possible place to live, work and do business. 

The State Government of Victoria continues to work closely with Australian and international businesses to facilitate new investments that the new create jobs and build an even better, more prosperous State. 

Melbourne’s much vaunted liveablity was largely due to consistent investment in infrastructure. Over the past decade, Government investment in infrastructure has doubled, with investment in roads, public transport, health, schools and other infrastructure over 2014-2015 estimated at A$7.5 billion.

The Premier of Victoria, Dr Denis Napthine, recently announced a A$24 billion record investment in transport infrastructure in the 2014-15 Victorian State Budget to further improve connectivity in the State.

Lilian Jiang, State Manager (Victoria) at Bank of China Limited Australia said Melbourne provided expatriates with a highly enjoyable lifestyle.
“Central Melbourne is small enough to allow me to walk to most business meetings, yet big enough to accommodate so many parks, museums and historical architecture,” Ms Jiang said.

“My family loves our regular weekend trips to nearby beaches, vineyards and mountains, which are all within an hour’s driving distance. Melbourne is truly my home away from home.”

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