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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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This FACT indicates the number of special schools in each city, including those schools with annexes providing special needs facilities. These numbers exclude English learning centres, distance education and schools for young mothers. The education of students with special needs involves individually planned teaching methods, modified equipment and materials, and settings that are more accessible. If students with special needs are to achieve the same levels of education and success as a student that would have be educated in a typical classroom setting, these extra measures are necessary.
Australians have a reputation for being passionate about sport, but do they support the sport in rain, hail, and shine? This FACT indicates the average attendance rate at sporting events in each state and territory. Data collected showed that 7.6 million, or 43%, of Australians aged 15 years and over attended at least one sporting event during the 12 months prior to the interview in 2009-2010.
More men (4.3 million, or 50%) attended than women (3.3 million, or 37%). People aged 15 to 17 years had the highest rate of attendance (58%) while people aged 55 to 64 (35%) and 65 years and over (23%) had the lowest. Attendance rates varied between the states and territories, ranging from 38% in New South Wales to 59% in the Northern Territory. The attendance rate at sporting events was higher for people who were employed full-time (55%) than for people who were employed part-time (45%).
This FACT indicates the percentage of single (or lone) person households within each Australian city. Data collected in the 2011 ABS Census shows that 24.3 percent of Australian households are occupied by single (or lone) persons. The city with the highest percentage is Hobart, at 28.2 percent. The city with the lowest is Brisbane, at 21.8 percent.
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.
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 10 km/hr over the designated speed limit. Note: the fine is for cars and not necessarily heavy vehicles.
This indicator also appears in the 'Cost of Living' indicator given that the size and frequency fines can have a significant impact on household, Governments sometimes accused of setting high fine levels as a revenue raising measure.
The amount of money spent by universities on research grants as a proportion of the number of universities (Regional)
This FACT indicates the amount of money spent by universities on research grants as a proportion of the number of universities in each state in the year 2010. The types of research sorted into 4 fundamental categories; pure basic research, strategic based research, applied research and experimental research. These four categories make up the entire funding for research purposes. The universities of Victoria invested the largest proportion of their money into research at 247,930.4 dollars. Darwin universities had the least amount spent on research at 75,434 dollars.