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"Quality of life is both objective and subjective. Each of these two axes comprises several domains which, together, define the total construct. Objective domains are measured through culturally relevant indices of objective well-being. Subjective domains are measured through questions of satisfaction."

About Quality of Life

Quality of life is emerging as a central construct within many disciplines, such as those comprising the social sciences, economics, and medicine. Its attraction, in part, is that it offers an alternative to some traditional disciplinary views about how to measure success. First, it directs attention onto the positive aspects of people's lives, thus running counter to the deficit orientation of these disciplines. Second, it extends the traditional objective measures of health, wealth, and social functioning to include subjective perceptions of wellbeing.

Quality of Life Perspectives

Our mission

The Australian Centre on Quality of Life has the following mission:

  • To facilitate research into quality of life.
  • To serve as a resource for both researchers and students.
  • To gather knowledge and expertise related to both theoretical and applied areas.
  • To facilitate research links with industry, government and the community.

Australian Unity Wellbeing Index

Promoting greater public and political awareness of the factors underpinning wellbeing, as well as enhancing scientific understanding of subjective wellbeing.


International Wellbeing Group

An international collaborative network with the aim of developing the Personal Wellbeing Index into a standard, cross-cultural measure of subjective wellbeing.