News report | | 06/11/2020 | ±3 minutes reading time

Each year, the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) publishes a ranking of the most liveable cities in the world. Australiaʼs two largest cities - Sydney and Melbourne - were both in the top 3 in 2019, and Adelaide ranked 10th in the index. With this, Australia dominates the top of the list. Travellers wishing to visit these cities must apply for an Australia visa. This can easily be done online with the digital application form on this website.

Global Liveability Index

According to the Global Liveablility Index, a ranking drawn up annually by the Economist Intelligence Unit, Vienna is the most liveable city in the world. In order to draw up the list, living conditions in 140 cities worldwide are compared and assessed. Each city is assigned a certain score, on the basis of which its place in the ranking is determined. The index takes into account more than 30 qualitative and quantitative factors from the following categories: stability, health, culture and environment, education and infrastructure. The stability category includes, for example, the number of violent crimes, the degree of threat of terrorism and the degree of social unrest. Culture and the environment include the degree of corruption, the supply of sport and cultural activities, temperature and humidity. Infrastructure includes the quality of public transport, the road network, water and energy supply and telecommunications.

A number of points are allocated for each of the individual factors, with a maximum overall score of 100 points. Cities scoring high on all factors are ranked at the top of the list, while cities scoring high on only a few factors are ranked lower.

Australian cities perform well

Australia is the country with the most high-scoring cities in the Global Liveability Index. In 2019, as many as 3 Australian cities finished in the top 10 of the rankings, two of them even in the top 3. After Vienna, Melbourne was ranked as the most liveable city, followed by Sydney in third place. Adelaide finished in tenth place in the rankings. In 2015, 2016 and 2017, the Australian city of Perth was also in the top 10, and Melbourne finished in first place between 2015 and 2018. In 2019, Melbourne scored a total of 98.4 out of 100 points, while Sydney scored 98.1 and Adelaide 96.6. Melbourne and Sydney both scored the full 100 points in the healthcare, education and infrastructure categories.

This means that Australiaʼs cities offer great living conditions for its residents, but also for travellers visiting the cities. Tourists and business travellers going to Australia can rely on quality healthcare, a good road network, sufficient public transport and good quality housing. Individuals travelling to Australia for their studies can also rely on high quality educational institutions.

Apply for an Australia visa

Anyone wishing to visit one of Australiaʼs very liveable cities must apply for a visa prior to departure. For a holiday, a visit to friends or family, volunteering, a business trip or to study in Australia, the eVisitor visa is sufficient in most cases. One of the conditions for applying for an eVisitor visa Australia is that the traveller is not employed by a company in Australia and does not receive a salary or other compensation from an organisation in Australia. With an eVisitor visa, it is possible to go on a business trip to visit a trade fair or conference, or to meet or negotiate with (potential) business partners. Another requirement is that the passport with which the visa is applied for is still valid for at least six months upon arrival in Australia.

The Australia visa is valid for one year and can be used for multiple trips. This visa allows you to stay in Australia for a maximum of 3 consecutive months. This gives travellers enough time to visit Melbourne as well as Sydney and Adelaide.

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