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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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Featured Facts

London Olympic Medalists by hometown (Regional)

Australia sent over 400 athletes to compete at the London Olympic Games. Australia won a total of 35 medals in London, of which 7 were gold, 16 silver and 12 bronze. 94 athletes returned with a medal and a total medal count of 107 medals was accrued due multiple winnings by athletes as well as group/team wininngs. But which states or territories outperformed the others? This FACT indicates the number of London Olympic Medalists by home state or territory. The state with the high number of medal winners was New South Wales, with 36 medals. the sate witht the least was the ACT, with 0. 

Number of disability services & support organisations

This FACT indicates the number of disability services and support organisations in each Australian capital city. Governmental, non-governmental or private institutions provide services and support for people with disabilities. These bodies cater for people who have mental or physical disabilities, with the aim of helping them to more fully participate in society and community life. Some services and support organisations are mandated or required by law, while others are run privately and often cater for niche markets.

The types of organisations included in this data are: charities, legal support and referral services, family welfare organisations, domestic help services, child health and support centres, and disadvantaged groups aid organisations. Services and organisations that cater for mental and physical illness are not included. The data for this indicator was sourced from the Yellow Pages online directory, and should therefore be taken as a general guide to numbers rather than a definitive set of statistics. Nonetheless, the disparity in numbers raises an interesting point that allows for some extrapolation and cross-pollination of data. The city with the highest number of disability service providers and support organisations is Melbourne, at 1564, followed closely by Sydney, at 1476. The city with the lowest was Darwin, at 54.

Number of people 15 years and over who have a certificate level education

This FACT indicates the number of people in each city 15 years and over who have a certificate level education. Technical and Further Education (TAFE) institutions are most often the place in which students complete their vocational education and training (VET). TAFE courses are often short with certificates, diplomas and advanced diplomas also being offered. Some TAFE institutions also offer High Education courses. Accredited qualifications that can be gained at TAFE include business management, community services, hospitality, beauty and fitness amongst other courses. The city with the highest proportion of people with a certificate level education is by far Sydney, with 194,225 persons. Darwin has the least at 6515 persons.

Number of people, 15 years old and over, who are qualified in the field of Education per 100,000 persons

This FACT indicates the number of people, 15 years old and over, who are qualified in the field of Education per 100,000 persons. Australia has some of the best education facilities in the world, with many of our universities being found in the QS top 100 universities guide. In recent years there has been a surplus of teachers, however, in the field of mathematics and science there is a shortage. 

State and Territory government cultural expenditure per capita (Regional)($)

This FACT looks at the estimated average amount spent by State and Territory Governments on cultural activities, expressed as a per person basis. In 2011-2012 the highest estimate of cultural expenditure per person was in the Northern Territory at A$377.90, followed by the Australian Capital Territory A$315.40.  The biggest expenditure overall was for environmental heritage - national parks, flora and fauna reserves, zoos, aquaria and botanic gardens. 

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