Greater Melbourne
City Portrait

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Dimension profile

Peace & Justice


A trusting and trustworthy society depends on commitment to personal security and safety, access to a fair and respectful justice system and government accountability. These conditions enable Melburnians to live free from harm, fear and exploitation. They can foster peaceful approaches to conflict and promote effective and just institutions that serve the wellbeing of communities.

Principles for Peace & Justice in a regenerative Melbourne

Peace and justice in a regenerative Melbourne must be:

  • Inclusive and reflective of the needs, perspectives and backgrounds of individuals, particularly those who have experienced trauma
  • Equitable, particularly with regard to access to formal institutions

What we want



Everyone in Melbourne feels safe at all times, both in the physical world and online

What we're measuring 2030 Target Now

Rate of criminal incidents involving crime against a person

Under 700 per 100,000 people 954.70 per 100,000 people

Proportion of people who report feeling unsafe walking alone in their local area at night

VicHealth and local government surveys

Under 10% 42.8%



Melbourne’s institutions, including the justice system, are trustworthy and meet the needs of those who rely on them

What we're measuring 2030 Target Now

Proportion of people who do not trust the police

Under 10% 24.3%

Proportion of people rating local government overall performance as 'Poor' or 'Very poor'

Under 10% 9%

Placing Peace & Justice in the system

Local to global connections

Peace and justice are informed by, and can influence, trends and policies that extend beyond Greater Melbourne:

  • The justice system and police force in Melbourne are controlled at state and national levels.
  • News and social media platforms, including a global scale, play a role in behaviours and attitudes impacting peace and safety in Melbourne (and likewise, activity in Melbourne projected out from the city can influence actions elsewhere).

Learn more

How was this dimension developed?

The Peace & Justice dimension of the Greater Melbourne City Portrait, including the conceptual framing and data selection, has been developed in collaboration with sector experts from academia, government and industry. A detailed description of the City Portrait methodology is outlined in the About section of the website.

Where can I access the data?

Data for Peace & Justice, along with the other Social Founation dimensions are available in the Social Foundations Dataset.

For Ecological Celing dimensions, see the Ecological Ceiling Dataset.

Where can I find more information on Peace & Justice in a regenerative Melbourne?

The City Portrait is informed by extensive research and resources on Doughnut Economics and related frameworks, as well as sector-specific research associated with each dimension. More detailed research that has informed the Peace & Justice dimension is available to explore via Altiorem's library.

How can I get involved?

To get involved with ongoing development of the City Portrait or learn more about Regen Melbourne, email