Quality of Life

What is quality of life?

Quality of Life (QoL) is the general wellbeing of a person and communities, including positive and negative features of life.  Whilst it means different things to different people quality of life typically includes aspects of life relating to a person's health, education, employment, level of prosperity, housing, interactions with family and friends, how connected they are within their community, feelings of safety, and their neighbourhood.

Quality of life is shaped by a person's personal attributes and the environment in which they live.

Central Coast Quality of Life Survey

The Central Coast Quality of Life Survey has been undertaken to gain a better understanding of residents' perceptions of their life and the local community.

The survey asks questions about how residents feel, their attitudes and opinions about life here on the Central Coast.  It covers a range of topics including education, employment, standard of living, participation in the community, neighbourhoods, community safety, health and the local environment.

For example, "how often do you and your neighbours help each other out?"; how satisfied are you with the neighbourhood you currently live in?"; "are there adequate education and taining opportunities?"; and "are there adequate venues to pursue leisure time activities?".

This is a longitudinal survey that occurs every 5 years to measure and monitor quality of life on the Central Coast.  Surveys have been conducted in 2007 and 2012.

Image showing information gathered from the Quality of Life survey.  Click on image for full description provided below.
Quality of Life Scorecard 2007-2012

The Quality of Life scorecard provides a summary of movement or trends in quality of life indicators during this period.  Many indicators have imporved (up arrows), some have remained stable (2 way arrow) and some indicators have gone down (down arrow).

Overall, the majority of Central Coast residents enjoy a high level of wellbeing, with an overall wellbeing score of 4.1 out of 5.  12% of residents have a low wellbeing score.

Combined with other data, such as the ABS Census, the information from the Quality of Life Survey can assist Council and other agencies to make informed decisions about planning, services and programs to improve quality of life.

Call Council's Community Partnerships and Planning Unit on (02) 4350 5194 for additional information.

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Quality of Life Scorecard 2007-2012 image description.

Under Environment is an increase in visiting natural environments; decrease in negative local environmental impacts: traffic noise, changes in vegetation and new development and an increase in feel good spending time outdoors.

Under Social there was an increase in attitudes to education; increase in levels of post-school qualifications; increased satisfaction with current accommodation; increase in how people rate their own health; increase in access to health services; no change with regards to neighbourhood sense of community; increase in residents that felt neighbours could be trusted; increase in residents feeling valued; no change for satisfaction with neighbourhood or rating of neighbourhood as a place to live and an increase in perceived safety in local area.

Under Economic there was no change for labour force status or how people rate their own financial position; decrease in youth employment outcomes; increase in current standard of living; increase in job satisfaction; increase in household income and an increase in the ability to raise funds in an emergency.