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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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Commuter times have a huge impact on work-life balance, contributing to workers' stress levels and attrition rates across all industries from the year 2012. Companies and corporations are increasingly addressing this issue by allowing more and more workers to telecommute or work from a local or home office. These measures, particularly in Australia, which has a large urban sprawl and high petrol prices, these measures are welcome ones, and will likely help to reduce the average amount of time that employees spend commuting to and from work.
This FACT indicates the average amount of time spent by a person commuting between work and home in each Australian capital city, 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 between 5km and 25km journey from the CBD is used.
*Data for Darwin could not be found therefore we have used Northern Territory data from 2006 from the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research.
This FACT indicates the total greenhouse (carbon dioxide) gas emissions in tonnes per person between 2010-11. The state and territory breakdown of total emissions includes emissions from daily commercial, industry, residential, land use, land use change and forestry (LULUCF).
The state with the highest emissions per person is the Northern Territory, at 121.9 tonnes of carbon dioxide emitted per person. The state with the lowest emissions per person was the Australian Capital Territory, at 3.4 tonnes.
This FACT indicates the total number of universities that are located within each Australian state and territory, from the year 2012. The state with the most universities is Victoria at 11. The state with the least is tied between the Northern Territory and Tasmania, at 1 each.
This FACT indicates the percentage of on time arrivals in each Australian capital city. According to the Bureau of Infrastructure and Regional Economics, the on-time performance is reported for all routes where the passenger load averages over 8000 passengers a month, and only if two or more airlines operate in competition. The data reports by airport against flights operated on those routes only. The capital city where you are most likely to arrive on time is Adelaide, at 86.2 percent.
This FACT indicates the proportion of cattle livestock used for milk production in each state and territory. This is an important indicator, since dairy is Australia's third largest rural industry, and a major regional employer. The employment generated through the dairy industry is not limited to on-site farm work, but extends to processing, manufacturing and distribution of all dairy products. Australians are amongst the largest milk consumers per capital, as well as a top exporter of the product.
The state with the highest percentage in 2013 is Victoria with 43.25 percent. The state with the lowest is tied between the Australian Capital Territory and the Northern Territory with 0 percent.