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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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Thanks to Australian cities’ propensity towards urban sprawl, as well as its comparatively low CBD density, transport networks are less expansive than in other parts of the world, and are subsequently less used. However, there is no doubt regarding the great disparity in cost between driving and public transport. When you take into account vehicle maintenance, registration, fuel costs, and CBD parking costs, it is apparent that savings of thousands of dollars can be made, although even here there is great variation in costs depending on the type of vehicle and commuting distance. Evidently, there are also huge environmental savings to be made when people opt for public transport instead of driving. Public transport users contribute to lowering the cost of pollution, as well as reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
This FACT indicates the cost per year of commuting to and from work into the CBD using public transport, assuming a five day work week and commuting during peak hour traffic (usually a higher tariff rate for public transport commuters). For cities that implement zone pricing structures, (that is, the cost increases the further one travels), the average commute to the CBD is used. In some instances, there are multiple modes of public transport. In these cases, the ticket prices are averaged. There are also cases where there are multiple ways to pay for the tickets over the working year. The cheapest way was used for any given scenario. The city with the highest cost to commute is Sydney at $2710 in one year. The city with the lowest cost is Darwin at $960 in one year.
In September 2013, ECA International calculated the cost of living for expatriates in almost 400 cities. This FACT does not include certain living costs such as accommodation, utilities (electricity, gas, water costs), car purchase and school fees.
Number of days waited for admissions from waiting lists for Total Knee Replacement surgery (Regional)
This FACT indicates the number of days waited for patient admissions from waiting lists for Total Knee Replacement surgery in the 90th percentile in each state. The 90th percentile means that 90 percent of the people admitted from waiting lists are admitted within and beyond 365 days. The other 10% are outliers and fall outside the range of the other 90 percent either above or below.
This FACT indicates the amount of funding allocated by State and Territory Governments towards supporting their art museums in 2012-2013. Art museums (i.e. public art galleries) are generally engaged in the acquisition, conservation and exhibition of culturally significant works of art, generally for public viewing. This indicator is expressed in millions of dollars.
This FACT indicates the amount of state water supply sourced from surface water per 100,000 persons (megalitres) in each Australian state. These figures have been calculated by taking the total volume of water sourced from surface water in each state and expressing it as a proportion of 100,000.