The battle between the cities has been taken up a level, with an international survey ranking Sydney higher than Melbourne.


Sydneysiders enjoy Australia\’s best quality of living, but better conditions can be found across the Tasman, the survey shows.

Vienna topped the 2009 Worldwide Quality of Living Survey, but Australia fared well with Sydney placed 10th, Melbourne 18th, Perth 21st, Adelaide 30th and Brisbane 34th.

Auckland ranked fourth

However, Auckland was fourth in the survey – the only other southern hemisphere city to make the top 10.

The survey ranked 215 cities against a range of political, social, economic, environmental, personal safety and public service criteria.

Australia\’s other capitals were not included in the list, compiled by global consultancy firm Mercer to help calculate remuneration packages for expatriate workers.

“Both Australia and New Zealand boast some of the most liveable cities in the world,” Mercer spokesman Rob Knox said in a statement.

Results \’unchanged\’ since 2008

The survey, which ranks cities by a point score awarded against each criteria, is calculated annually and Mr Knox said Australian results were largely unchanged from 2008.

“Economic growth in the Asia Pacific region is outstripping most other parts of the world,” he said.

“Multinationals can send their high-performers Down Under to gain experience in a mature market, but on the doorstep of, and with exposure to, one of the fastest moving regions in the world – while at the same time providing the benefits and security of living in Australia or New Zealand.”

Wellington, in New Zealand, ranked 12th in the survey, which collected data between September and November 2008.

European cities dominated the top 10: Vienna (1), Zurich (2), Geneva (3), Vancouver (equal 4), Auckland (equal 4), Dusseldorf (6), Munich (7), Frankfurt (8), Bern (9), Sydney (10).