Here is a list of tools for measuring wellbeing – please note this list is indicative only.

Mental Wellbeing Impact Assessment

Mental Wellbeing Impact Assessment (MWIA) methodology is used to assess whether government and non-government agencies’ policies, programs, projects and proposals have a negative or positive impact on the population in terms of wellbeing. Find out more about the MWIA toolkit.

Positive Psychological Assessment Workbook
The focus of this workbook by Dr Aaron Jarden is on individual, subjective wellbeing and is a good example of the range of measures available and of how well regarded wellbeing measures are.

Other online resources for measuring wellbeing as identified by Dr Jarden:

Australian Centre on Quality of Life

Index of a few hundred quality of life and wellbeing related scales. This site gives a brief description of the scale, along with key references to scale development and relevant psychometric research.

Positive Psychology Centre, University of Pennsylvania

This website has information on 17 positive psychology measures – about 10 of which are well known.

Authentic Happiness website

Scales are available on this website for self-completion, and key references and copy right information is given. Scales include those tapping into emotion, engagement, meaning and life satisfaction.


Watch this space: The NSW Wellbeing Collaborative is working to identify the range of tools and measures available, articulate what would be required in a tools and measures guide as well as develop opportunities for interstate and international collaboration on measuring wellbeing.