Canberra ranks 28 on Worldwide Quality of Living survey
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Canberra ranks 28 on Worldwide Quality of Living survey

Canberra's lack of international connection has been a black mark on our liveability but that may soon change, an international human resources firm says.

Canberra came in 28th on this year's Worldwide Quality of Living Rankings.

Canberra ranked fourth out of the five Australian cities included on a list of the world's most liveable cities.

Canberra ranked fourth out of the five Australian cities included on a list of the world's most liveable cities.

Photo: Glen McCurtayne

But the bush capital could have ranked higher had it been connected by international flights at the time of the survey, Mercer's global mobility leader for Australia and New Zealand Lorraine Jennings said.

The annual survey benchmarks more than 200 cities against a range of political, social, economic, environmental, personal safety and public service criteria to help calculate remuneration packages for expatriate workers.

Sydney was the best ranked Australian city for quality of living, landing 10th position for the second year in a row.

Perth (21) and Adelaide (27) also proved more desirable in terms of living conditions than Canberra. Brisbane was the lowest ranked city on this year's index, coming in at 36.

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But Canberra was the only Australian city to rise so agilely in the ranks, up two spots from last year.

The potential for light rail, the lack of traffic and quality housing are some of the reasons why Canberra could be more mobile in the index than other cities, Ms Jennings said.

"Canberra is a small city compared to other Australian cities so [it] doesn't have any traffic congestions which might be one of the contributions towards a better, more liveable city," she said.

"The infrastructure for the quality of living in Canberra has been stable. It does have a higher standard of living ... and an excellent availability of housing."

However, two of the elements holding us back are fewer recreational facilities and no international flights - but only until Singapore Airline's new Capital Express route lifts off in September.

Then Ms Jennings said Canberra will have the closest international airport of any major city in Australia.

"I would say that when we look at the rankings or when we review the quality of living in November again, they are the couple of things we're going to raise with them as well compared to what we said last year," she said.

Canberra also ranked highly in the global index on personal safety. Sydney, Perth, Adelaide and Canberra jointly ranked 25 in the survey.

Vienna is still the city with the highest quality of living according to the survey, followed by Zurich, Auckland and Munich.

Katie Burgess is a reporter for the Canberra Times, covering ACT politics.