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The Issues Monitor September 2015: Victoria

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Top issues facing Victoria

Victorians continue to be more concerned about ‘Crime’ than the balance of Australians and are currently more worried about ‘Drug abuse’ than ever before. These connected concerns have an impact on how we see ourselves, how we engage with our community and how we sell the state to the world.

In late 2014, we asked more than 3,000 Victorians to tell us what makes somewhere a good place to live. Overwhelmingly, we were told that ‘feeling safe’ was the most important attribute, followed by ‘high quality health services’ and ‘affordable decent housing’.

It is no surprise that ‘feeling safe’ was number one. For the majority of Victorians, our primary physiological needs such as water, food, clothing and shelter have and will continue to be met. Feeling safe allows us to participate in the community. It enables us to live and draws people to our city and state.

In September 2015, Victorians told us that ‘Crime’ was the fourth most important issue facing our state. While this is consistent with previous months, Victorians’ concerns around the related issue of ‘Drug abuse’ have doubled in the past two years. In this most recent quarter, ‘Drug abuse’ was the fifth most important issue; its highest level of concern.

We Victorians are alone in how acutely we cite concern around ‘Crime’ and ‘Drug abuse’. Between July and September, Victorians were significantly more likely to select these items as top issues facing our state compared to the rest of Australia.

A safe Victoria is not only great for our wellbeing, it’s also central to our economic prosperity. As our relationship with emerging Asian economies transitions from resource to consumption, it’s critical that Victoria is perceived to be a safe, welcoming and accepting state to visit, study in and call home.

Last updated November 2015