FrameworksAdultsCommunity DevelopmentToolsPersonal Well-Being Index (PWI)

Author(s): Australian Unity, in partnership with Deakin University Australian Centre on Quality of LIfe

Collection Method: Self-report survey/questionnaire

Scoring Method: Based on average levels of satisfaction with key domains of personal and national life. Satisfaction is expressed as a percentage score, with 0 percent completely dissatisfied and 100 percent completely satisfied.

Price: Free

Personal well-being domains:

  • Standard of living
  • Health
  • Achieving in life
  • Personal relationships
  • Safety
  • Community Connectedness
  • Future Security

National well-being domains:

  • Economy
  • Environment
  • Social Conditions
  • Governance
  • Business
  • National Security

The PWI measures well-being with respect to Australia’s “normative range”, and is particularly useful at identifying groups of people whose well-being fall below the normative range and would therefore require additional support and resources.

The PWI is applicable for case workers or frontline community organizations that provide services to a broad range of beneficiaries including the disadvantaged.