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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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FTE Student/teaching staff ratio: Non-government primary schools (Regional)

This FACT indicates the Full Time Equivalent (FTE) student to teacher ratio. It is theorised that teaching can only progress as the pace of the slowest learner therfore with a smaller ratio comes more individualised learning and attention and greater progress. In general non-government schools have a lower ratio than government schools.

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 Aussie Rules Football Clubs in each state (Regional)

This FACT indicates the total number of Aussie Rules Football Clubs in each state. Which state takes its footy most seriously? The origins of this sport are obscure and often debated, with the Melbourne Football Club first publishing the laws of the game in 1859, when it became and organized sport. Aussie Rules has the highest spectator attendance of all sports in Australia and is also widely played at the amateur level.

This FACT indicates the number of Aussie Rules Football Clubs in each state or territory. Based on numbers from 2014, Western Australia takes the lead, at 273 clubs, but is closely followed by South Australia at 265 clubs. The ACT has the least, at 36 clubs. The data here are in keeping with the fact that the Southern end of Australia follows AFL, whereas the northern states are more concerned with NRL.

Number of construction companies

This FACT indicates the number of construction companies located in each Australian capital city, and provides some insight into the growth and development in each. The construction industry plays a significant role in the nation’s economy and is growing fast worldwide. The Australian construction industry in particular has experienced significant growth over the past few years; which is especially remarkable considering the widespread economic downturn that many countries experienced following the global financial crisis of 2008-09.

This data, taken from the Yellow Pages online directory for 2013, shows that Sydney and Melbourne have far more room for growth than their Australian counterparts, with 5921 and 5824 respectively. Brisbane is ranked third, with over 3,000 less companies than the Victorian capital.

While the directories do not afford a completely accurate analysis, the numbers do offer some interesting insight into the potential of each city, as well as the infrastructural changes that are possible in each.

Percentage of energy transmission network underground (Regional)

Underground energy lines are beneficial to a city for many reasons, firstly, because they have less of a visual and environmental impact, which typically generates large opposition from local communities. Another benefit is that they have lower transmission losses and can absorb emergency power loads. They also have lower maintenance costs, emit no electric field and can be engineered to emit a lower magnetic field than an overhead line. They take up a narrower amount of land to install and are less susceptible to the impacts of severe weather. The disadvantages are that the initial costs are high, and if there is a malfunction, it can be more difficult to repair.

This FACT indicates the percentage of underground energy transmission networks in each state. The state with the highest percentage of underground is the Northern Territory, at 30.87 percent. The state with the lowest is Tasmania, at 7.80 percent. The data is from the years 2009 to 2010.

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