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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

Broadacre yield (tonnes per hectare) (Regional)

This FACT indicates the broadacre yield in each state and territory, measured in tonnes per hectare. For this indicator, broadacre yield includes wheat, oats, barley, triticale, sorghum, rice, maize, other cereals, canola, other oilseeds, peanuts, other pulses, cotton lint, and sugar cane for crushing.

In Australia, broadacre is land suitable for farms practicing large-scale crop (agriculture) operations, yet different soils, climates and crops affect the amount yielded.

The state with the highest yield is New South Wales with 122.2445 tonnes per hectare. The state with the lowest yield is the Australian Capital Territory with 4.3 tonnes per hectare. Data for the Australian Capital Territory and Northern Territory is considered by the Australian Bureau of Statistics to be unreliable. It is advised to use with caution.

Live music bar and club venues per 100,000 persons (Regional)

This FACT indicates the number of live music hotel and bar venues in each Australian state, according to the Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) per 100,000 people as of September 2011.

Live music and bar venues provide entertainment to audiences, but also a stage for the creative growth and development of a community, encouraging cultural and entertainment markets. While the state with the highest number of venues is Queensland, South Australia has the most per capita, at 9.28 venues per 100,000 people. The state with the least remains the Australian Capital Territory at 3.35 venues per 100,000 people.

Percentage of people who decreased personal water usage

This  FACT indicates the percentage of people who decreased their personal water use. This information was sourced from the State of Australian Cities 2010 report.

A country plagued by extreme weather conditions and often experiencing high temperatures and drought, Australia is conscious of its water consumption. The introduction of water restrictions in urban areas have generated a greater awareness of water conservation in the community. These figures show that high proportions of households in most capital cities decreased their personal use of water over the 12 months from 2007-2008. 

This reduction has been achieved by the adoption of voluntary measures by households to reduce water use and install water-saving devices such as water-efficient shower-heads and dual-flush toilets. By the end of 2007, more than 80 per cent of Australian households had installed a dual-flush toilet an increase of 107 per cent from 1994. 

The city with the largest decrease in use was Brisbane with 75 percent. The city with the least was Hobart with 34 percent. (data for Canberra and Darwin could not be obtained.)

State government funding for libraries (Regional)

This FACT looks at state gorvernment funding for libraries (in 2012-2013). Libraries are an important resource in supporting educational and learning endeavours, as well as providing accessible and free-to-the-public common spaces used by community groups and organisations. Investment into these facilities therefore represents an important part of educational and community expenditure.

Total household water use (gigalitres) (Regional)

Australians are relatively conscious about water usage, and many households have employed measures to reduce their water consumption. This FACT indicates the total average water usage per household in gigalitres for each state between the years 2012 to 2013. 

Total household water consumption is calculated by combining the amount of water distributed to households by water providers with the amount extracted through bores and other self-extraction facilities. 'Self-extracted ' water use is calculated by applying a coefficient, based on average number of kilolitres used per household connection, to the households known not to be served by water providers. The state with the highest total water use is New South Wales with 570 gigalitres. The state with the least is the Australian Capital Territory with 29 gigalitres.

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