23.07.2020CityPulse: Outer Melbourne liveability to increase as remote working becomes norm

PwC has revealed a new CityPulse analysis showing liveability of suburbs in Melbourne’s middle and outer rings increase significantly when people can work remotely to reduce their weekly commute.

The COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated that many people have been able to work effectively from home and avoid often lengthy work commutes. PwC’s latest CityPulse release, Future Victoria 2020, was undertaken to understand how a sustained increase in remote working might affect liveability across Victoria’s suburbs.

PwC’s new CityPulse analysis shows that the liveability scores – that is, how each area performs against each of the three Live, Work, Play metrics – of middle and outer ring suburbs have the largest improvements when reduced commute times for white collar workers are taken into account.

PwC Melbourne Managing Partner Peter Konidaris says, “When we undertook the first CityPulse analysis two years ago, we weren’t surprised to find that proximity to the CBD and related access to jobs and amenities was a strong factor in determining a suburb’s liveability. But new ways of working accelerated by COVID-19 might be the catalyst for change.

Read the ‘The Top 10 Live scores 10-20km from CBD’ here.

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