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This FACT indicates the total number of tonnes of cargo that is loaded including exported cargo per city. This number is represented in millions. The city with highest is Brisbane, at 19.2 million tonnes - unsurprising given its natural resource industry. The city with the lowest is Hobart, at 0.9 million tonnes. In this instance, Canberra has been omitted since it has no sea ports.
This FACT indicates the number of people in each city 15 years and over who have a certificate level education per 100,000 persons. Technical and Further Education (TAFE) institutions are most often the place in which students complete their vocational education and training (VET). TAFE courses are often short with certificates, diplomas and advanced diplomas also being offered. Some TAFE institutions also offer High Education courses. Accredited qualifications that can be gained at TAFE include business management, community services, hospitality, beauty and fitness amongst other courses. The city with the highest proportion of people with a certificate level education is Hobart, at 6,918.49 per 100,000 persons. Canberra has the least at 5,215.75 per 100,000 persons.
This FACT indicates the percentage of people with a registered motor vehicle in each Australian state. The state with the highest number is Western Australia, at 91.5 percent. The state with the lowest is the Northern Territory, at 70.3 percent.
This FACT indicates the percentage of population living in beach council areas within 25km of the CBD. Beach council areas are defined as local constituencies that directly border a beach. Using 2011 census data, the population of people living in the beach council areas was divided by the entire population. Australia, has 37,000 kilometres of coastline, including 11,011 recognised beaches, near which the vast majority of the population resides. 80 percent of Australians live in a coastal strip that extends from Cairns down to Adelaide, extending inland for only 50 kilometres. The coastline extends through a wide range of climates, from tropical in the north, to temperate in the south. The city with the highest percentage of people living in beach council areas is Darwin with 11.4 percent. The city with the lowest is Brisbane, with 0.3 percent
This FACT indicates the percentage of secondary students that complete their year 12 studies across each state from the year 2010. Within Australia, Year 12 attainment is regarded as a key factor in the formal development of an individual's skills and knowledge. Those who have completed Year 12 have a greater likelihood of continuing with further study, particularly in tertiary education, as well as entering into the workforce.
This indicator was sourced from the Australian Bureau of Statistics website which outlines the year 12 attainment percentage of each city in the years 2001, 2005 and 2010. From these statistics, high school students in the Australian Capital Territory were found to have the highest completion rate at 82 percent. The Northern Territory had the lowest completion rate, at 58 percent.