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This FACT indicates the number of admissions from waiting lists for plastic surgery per 100,000 persons in each state between 2013 and 2014. The values given are from a select group of hospitals from each state and do not represent the total number of admissions from every hospital in each state. Hospital admissions for elective surgery in Australia have increased over the last few years by as much as 2.9% each year on average. Between 2008 and 2013, admissions from waiting lists increased in every state and territory except for Tasmania. The state/territory with the highest admission per 100,000 persons is South Australia at 374.62. The state/territory with the lowest is the Northern Territory at 127.86, followed closely by New South Wales at 127.73.
The Australian pig industry makes up an important part of Australia's agricultural income. According to Australian Pork Limited (a producer-owned organisation promoting the Australian pork industry), as of October 2013, the Australian pig industry exported pork to 26 countries around the world, with Singapore and Puapa New Guinea the top importers of Australian pork.
This FACT indicates the total number of pigs in each of the Australian states. These numbers are represented in thousands. While there are 100 and 160 agricultural pig businesses in Tasmania and Western Australia respectively, there is no data for these two states in 2012-2013.
This FACT indicates the total number of high schools and primary schools (from reception to year 12, though not necessarily encompassing all school years) that are currently operating within each Australian capital from the year 2012. The numbers include both government schools and non-government schools. Using the Australian Schools Directory, we found the total number of schools in each city's greater area. Unsuprisingly, Sydney and Melbourne - the two largest cities - have the most schools, at 1488 and 1375 respectively. Each Australian State and Territory oversees its own education system, and as such there are small variations between each state and territory's systems.
This FACT indicates the participation rate of children aged 5 to 14 in organised drama activities in each state. Participation in drama activities can increase confidence and teamwork amongst young people, as well as contributing to the cultural richness of a state. The data expressed here represents the numbers for 2012. The state with the highest participation rate is Queensland at 5.9 percent. Tasmania and Western Australia are equal in the lowest rate, at 3.8 percent.
Australia has a reputation for vicious shark attacks, and sharks are oft-cited natural preditors for visitors and locals alike. While Australia does have the second highest number of recorded shark attack cases from 1580-2013 (510 reported cases, after the United States, with a total of 1022 as of February 2013) (International Shark Attack File, January 2014), many of the attacks occur in deep waters and with surfboard riders, who wear wetsuits and therefore look similar to sharks' usual prey. An unprovoked attack is considered one which is initiated by the shark, and without human provocation.
This FACT indicates the percentage of persons that have escaped a shark attack unharmed in each Australian state and territory, from 1791 to 2013.