Mapping shows the gap between Melbourne’s haves and have-nots

A new way of mapping inequalities reveals the extent of the gap between the haves and have-nots in Melbourne, with access to jobs, education and services unevenly distributed by a factor of 10 in some places.

The new analysis rates suburbs on their “spatial wealth” by comparing education options and jobs within a 30-minute drive, as well as health care, social assistance and access to shops within a 30-minute drive. 15 minutes on foot.

Melbourne’s most geographically advantaged neighborhoods have six times more access to education, social support is 10 times more available, and there are more than three times the number of jobs on average in the best places compared to the worst. .

The shopping options for Melbourne’s richest 20% of suburbs are about three times that of less fortunate neighborhoods.

Nine regions of Melbourne – Carlton, Docklands, East Melbourne, Fitzroy, Hawthorn, Melbourne, Richmond, Southbank and Toorak – achieved top marks. Point Cook, Seaford and Sandhurst had some of the lowest spatial richness scores.


Report author Matt Palmen, director of Future State, a strategic advisory division of Urbis, said inequality was one of the most pressing issues facing the company and that its growth under the weight of COVID-19 threatened to reinforce disadvantage and limit social mobility between generations.

“Spatial inequality was a problem before Whitlam pointed it out in 1972 when he said ‘more and more, the real standard of living of a citizen … [is] determined not by his income, not by the hours he works, but by where he lives, ”said Palmen.

“The dial hasn’t moved much since then, so we wanted to make some robust measurements to focus on this issue. The way we measure things matters because we often look to solve problems using a single measure like GDP or a cost-benefit ratio and that doesn’t tell us anything about how this spills over into the economy. company. “

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