ADELAIDE is Australia's most liveable city according to a new survey of city dwellers' views of their own city, commissioned by the Property Council of Australia.
The study – now in its second year – once again crowns Adelaide as Australia's most liveable city, closely followed by Canberra, with Melbourne and Perth tying off for third place.
Darwin was ranked by its residents as Australia's worst city, with Sydney edging above Darwin to be in second-last place.
"This is the people's verdict on their own city, the ultimate report card for policy makers on how liveable our cities are," Property Council National Policy Director Ken Morrison said.
"Australians know what makes a great city and they rate our cities poorly in housing affordability, environmental sustainability, congestion and public transport.
"These results should shock governments into action to lift the performance of our cities."
The 'My City: The People's Verdict' survey of 5,231 people in all capital cities, and Newcastle and Wollongong, was undertaken by Auspoll for the Property Council.
Respondents ranked the importance of 17 key attributes of cities and assessed their own city against these attributes, producing a liveability score for each city.
The survey comes as the Property Council launches a new national campaign – Make My City Work – to shine a spotlight on cities and engage the community on how they should grow.
Mr Morrison said that the onus was now on Federal and State policymakers to respond to the survey with detailed policies.
"This survey is a great gift to all governments. It is the verdict of the people on what works and what doesn't work, and it provides a blueprint for action," he said.
"Australians want more liveable cities and they know that the performance of our cities is critical for our future prosperity.
"We need a nation-wide effort to boost the performance of our cities to meet the challenges of the future: population, housing, infrastructure and climate change."