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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

Cargo loaded (including exports) (tonnes)

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.

Number of disability services and support organizations per 100,000 persons

This FACT indicates the number of disability services and support organizations per 100,000 people in each Australian city. Services and support for people with disabilities are those government or other institutional services and supports specifically provided to enable people with disabilities to fully participate in society and community life. Some such services and support organisations are mandated or required by law, some are assisted by technologies that have made it easier to provide the service or support, and others are commercially available not only to persons with disabilities, but to everyone who might make use of them. The data for this indicator was collected by looking at the Yellow Pages online directory (for 2013). Each disability service and support organization was individually counted to get more accurate results. Although the Yellow Pages is not the most accurate source of data, it is still able to provide an estimated value. The city with the highest number of disability services and support organisations was Hobart, at 54.33 per 100,000 people. The city with the lowest was Perth, at 27.19 per 100,000 people.

Number of Special Needs schools in each city per 100,000 persons

This FACT indicates the number of special schools in each city per 100,000 persons, 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. 

Percentage of category 2 admissions from waiting lists for elective surgery (Regional)

This FACT indicates the percentage of category 2 admissions from waiting lists for elective surgery in each state and territory. In Australia, at the time of being placed on the hospital’s waiting list in each state, it is common for a clinical assessment to be made to determine the urgency of the patient’s required elective surgery. A category 2 admission is for patients who have a chance of their condition causing some pain, dysfunction or disability within 90 days, but are not likely to deteriorate. According to statistics collected from 2013 and 2014, the state/territory with the highest percentage of category 2 admissions from waiting lists is the Northern Territory, at 48.5 percent. The state/territory with the lowest is New South Wales, at 33 percent.

Percentage of survivors of unprovoked shark attacks (Regional)

Australia has a reputation for vicious shark attacks, and is an oft-cited topic for visitors and locals alike. Australia has the second highest number of recorded shark attack cases from 1580-2013, with a total of 510 reported cases, which is a little less than half the total of the United States, at 1022 total reported cases (International Shark Attack File, January 2014). Many of the attacks occur in deep waters or with surfboard riders, whose wetsuits make them appear quite seal-like, and thus like sharks' usual prey. An unprovoked attack is one which is initiated by the shark, without human provocation.

This FACT indicates the percentage of persons who have survived a shark attack (sustaining injuries) in each Australian state and territory, from 1791 to 2012. It also appears  unranked in the Climate and Environment category. The ACT has been left out of this category due to its complete lack of coastal area and thus an absence of shark attacks.

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