Advocacy in Action - Perth Perception Survey

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At our recent members only Food for Thought event Ipsos Director, Sally Braidwood, presented the findings from our triennial Perth Perception Survey. The Survey asked more than 600 people, including 86 Committee for Perth members, from across Greater Perth and a range of ages and backgrounds, their views about life in Perth.

The key findings from the Survey were:

  • Overall satisfaction with living in Perth has fallen to 59%. The highest level of dissatisfaction was in the 55+ demographic at 73%. In 2015, the satisfaction level was 73%
  • 35% of people aren’t happy with their employment prospects, down from 41% in 2015 and 2012
  • 40% of households said they are financially worse off compared to five years ago, while 37% believe their situation has improved
  • 53% believe Perth has a mining focused economy, compared to 63% in 2015
  • Only 41% of people thought Perth has changed for the better, 33% thought it has changed for the worse. 
  • 64.2 years is the average planned retirement age but 78% of people say they don’t plan to retire completely
  • 69% of people said they’d work more flexible hours if their employers allowed it. 62% would like to work less than full-time if it didn’t impact their career

When it comes to what makes Perth a good place to live:

  • 74% said feeling safe
  • 56% affordable decent housing
  • 47% high-quality health services
  • 42% access to the natural environment
  • 36% reliable and efficient public service
  • Cost of living 20%
  • Social issues 20%
  • Infrastructure 16%
  • The economy 14%
  • Government/policy making 13%
  • Urban policies 9%

When asked what issues they’d address if they were Premier for the day:

  • Cost of living 20%
  • Social issues 20%
  • Infrastructure 16%
  • The economy 14%
  • Government/policy making 13%
  • Urban policies 9%

Interestingly, when comparing the overall survey responses with those from our members:

  • 69% were satisfied with their lives, 10% higher than the overall response
  • 74% would recommend Perth as a place to live compared with 46%
  • 85% thought Perth had changed for the better, only 6% for the worse
  • The top five issues to tackle if Premier for the day were the economy (36%), urban policies (34%), infrastructure (33%), urban appearance/landscape (26%), and government/policy making (22%)

The full presentation can be found here.


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