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While there are many things that make a city liveable, their order of priority is different for everyone. There are several 'Liveability Indexes' that exist, but none that weigh the things that Australians prioritise with hard data.

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While hard data is essential for the comparison of states and cities, empirical data is invaluable for capturing the sentiment and opinion of a city’s residents. Australia’s Best City, along with its parent company ipData, conducts numerous surveys on a wide range of topics to ensure that the database remains up-to-date, representative, and relevant.

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Featured Facts

Cost of a speeding fine at exactly 5 km/h over the limit

Research shows that penalties for speeding such as demerit points or cost can often be an effective tool in reducing the number of accidents on our roads. The 'Cameras Save Lives' campaign by the Victorian Government is typical of the rationale.

However, the cost and frequency of receiving a fine can have a significant impact on a household budget. Some view speeding fines simply as a revenue raising exercise for Governments.

The cost of infringements is extremely high in most Australian cities, though some face more punitive fines than others.  This FACT indicates the cost of a speeding fine in each Australian city when the speed of the vehicle exceeds to exactly 5 km/hr over the designated speed limit. Note: the fine is for cars and not necessarily heavy vehicles.

This FACT is also ranked high to low (high is good) in the Community and Safety category.

Number of cars per household

How many cars does each Australian household own? Australians are car dependent, but do they share their vehicles, or is there more a one car per person policy? This FACT indicates the average number of motor vehicles per household in each Australian capital city for the year 2011. The city with the highest number is tied between Darwin and Perth, at 1.8. The city with the lowest number is Sydney, at 1.6. Compared with the number of people per household (taking into account the number of adolescents or children present, who are unable to drive), this makes for a high number of people who own their own car.

This FACT is also ranked from low to high (low is good) in the Sustainability category.

Number of people with Jewish affiliation per 100,000 persons

This FACT indicates the number Australians with Buddhist affiliation per 100,000 persons, in each capital city. Buddhism is a nontheistic religion based on the teachings of Siddhartha Gautama. The word ‘Buddha’ means the awakened or enlightened one. It is primarily practiced in Asia, and Buddhist tradition acknowledges that the roots of the religion lie in the eastern part of the Indian Subcontinent, where Buddha lived and taught.

ABS Census results from 2011 show that the city with the highest number of Buddhists is Sydney, at 180,420. The city with the lowest number is Hobart, at 1,816 people.

Proportion of pigs used for meat (Regional)

According to the Australian Bureau of Agriculture and Resource Economics, Australia's pig industry is valued at over A$1 billion, while the pork supply chain has a value of around A$3.5 billion. The most popular pig breerds used in Australian pork production are the Large White, Landrace, and Duroc. Around 87 percent of pork produced in Australia is for domestic consumption.

This FACT indicates the amount of pigs used for meat as a percentage of the total number of pigs in each Australian state and territory. While there are 100 and 160 agricultural pig businesses in Tasmania and Western Australia respectively, there is no data for these states in 2012-2013.

Unpaid childcare across Australia

This FACT indicates the percentage of the population that provide unpaid childcare across Australia. Areas with high levels of unpaid childcare may have a dominance of single income families with one significant earner, or there could be a lack of provision of paid childcare in the area. Usually, unpaid childcare is provided by close friends or family members, who are not reimbursed for their time. The level to which people care for others children can therefore indicate the role the extended family (eg. grandparents caring for grandchildren, family day care) in each city. For this reason, this FACT also appears in the Community and Safety category.

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