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This FACT indicates the area of broadacre in hectares. Across Australia, these crops span 253,194 km & up and are used in the agricultural industry. This number is represented in millions.
Broadacre is defined as land suitable for farms practicing large-scale crop (agriculture) operations, and includes wheat, oats, barley, triticale, sorghum, rice, maize, other cereals, canola, other oilseeds, peanuts, other pulses, cotton lint, and sugar cane for crushing. Across Australia, these crops span 253,194 kilometres and above. The state with the largest area in 2012/13 is Western Australia with 8,188,398 hectares. The Australian Capital Territory is the smallest with 402 hectares.
Australia is a major agricultural producer and exporter, with the agricultural industry earning A$155 billion each year for a 12 percent share of GDP. Australian farmland covers 61 percent of Australia’s enormous landmass, however the distribution of farmland across the country varies dramatically, impacted by geographical size, suitable terrain, and climate.
This FACT indicates the percentage of land used for agriculture across Australian states and territories in 2011. The state with the highest percentage of agricultural land is Queensland, with 81percent. The state with the lowest is Tasmania, with 24 percent. Data for the Australian Capital Territory could not be obtained.
This FACT indicates the percentage of females in each Australian capital who are obese.
Obesity is a medical condition in which excess body fat has accumulated to the extent that it may have an adverse effect on health, leading to reduced life expectancy and/or increased health problems. People are considered as obese, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, when their body mass index (BMI) (an individual's body mass divided by the square of his height) exceeds 30kg/m2 (BMI of 30.00).
Obesity is a real problem in Australia, which is ranked as one of the fattest nations in the developed world. According to Monash University research, the obesity rate has risen over 50 percent in the past 20 years.
The city with the highest population of obese females is Hobart at 29.9 percent. The city with the lowest is Canberra at 25.1 percent.
As well as walking or cycling, encouraging people to use public transport to commute to and from work is high on the agenda for local and state governments. Good public transport can lead the way to less congested and less polluted roadways. Due to a lack of infrastructure, driving to work is often much quicker than public transport for many Australians, and so commuter numbers on these modes wane.
This FACT indicates the percentage of people in each Australian city using public transport for commuting to and from work on either a bus, train, ferry or tram (including light rail). The level of car dependency in Australian cities has increased, in terms of vehicle kilometres travelled, at a rate faster than the country's population growth. This phenomenon often results in dire circumstances for both individuals and governments. Car dependency aggravates traffic congestion, pollution, and discourages healthy lifestyles. Public transport, especially for those living too far to cycle or walk, provides a real solution to these problems. These numbers are most likely influenced by the quality of public transport networks available in each city.
This FACT indicates the confidence of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) owners in there potential future success within Australian metro areas in December 2013. This indicator is largely subjective, and is calculated by assessing the potential business and financial opportunities that these businesses experience, both in relation to their own businesses and the economy as a whole.
An SME is a company whose staff numbers fall below a certain limit. Low confidence of SME's can reflect a state's perceived lack of innovation or competitiveness within the market by people launching small enterprises. Interestingly, the city with the most confident SMEs is Perth, with 50 percent of SMEs being cofident in their furture prospects. The city with the least confident SMEs is Brisbane, with 22 percent.