Feeling Part of the Community

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Indicator Rationale

Community strength is found in the human relations that people draw upon for identity, interaction and support.  A strong community is one where people understand and work towards sustainability and is inclusive of their most disadvantaged groups.  To do this people need to be involved, feel capable of working through issues and feel supported by their fellow citizens.

Please refer to the Subjective Wellbeing Evaluation Toolkit developed by Dr Melanie Davern for more information.

Data Source

VicHealth Indicator Survey 2011

Community Indicators Victoria Survey 2007 


Satisfaction with Feeling Part of the Community: index score, completely dissatisfied = 0; completely satisfied = 100.

All data have been standardized to a 0-100 range. Thus, the magnitude of group differences is referred to in terms of percentage points.

A small number of survey respondents (representing 4.0% of the weighted survey estimates across Victoria respectively) didn't know or refused to answer the survey question.  These respondents have been excluded from the data analysis.

Normative data from the Australian Unity Wellbeing Index indicates that the average index score for satisfaction with feeling part of the community for Australians is approximately 70.

Survey Question

Question A1g from the Personal Wellbeing Index suite of questions is the specific question from which the index score for satisfaction with feeling part of the community is derived.

QA1a.  Thinking about your own life and your personal circumstances, how satisfied are you with your life as a whole?  Please use a scale from 0-10, where 0 is completely dissatisfied and 10 is completely satisfied.

QA1b.  Turning now to various areas of your life... How satisfied are you with your standard of living?

QA1c.  … with your health?

QA1d.  … with what you are currently achieving in life?

QA1e.  … with your personal relationships?

QA1f.  … with how safe you feel?

QA1g.  … with feeling part of your community?

QA1h.  … with your future security?

Source of Question

Australian Unity Wellbeing Index


Cummins, R. A., Eckersley, R., Pallant, J., Van Vugt, J., Misajon, R. (2003). Developing a National Index of Subjective Wellbeing: The Australian Unity Wellbeing Index. Social Indicators Research, 64, 159 – 190.