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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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Since the majority of Australians drive to work, the cost of petrol - or gasoline - is a hot topic. In Australia, petrol prices have risen significantly over the past few years, a factor that has contributed significantly to the cost of living for many. Petrol prices vary throughout the country, though, and some Australians are required to pay more per litre than their neighbours.
This FACT indicates the average price of regular unleaded petrol in each Australian state and territory. While ABS data is available on this topic, more recent data was sourced from the Australian Institute of Petroleum. According to their data, the state with the lowest average petrol price is Victoria at 133.2 cents per litre, while the most expensive is found in the Northern Territory, at 151.6 cents per litre. Data for ACT is combined with NSW petrol prices.
Home ownership is highly sought after in Australia. This, coupled with a strong economy, suggests that selling a property in Australia is relatively straightforward. How long does it take to sell a house in each Australian capital city? This FACT indicates the average number of days that a house is on the market, according to RP Data for July 2015. It provides some insight into the demand of housing in each of the locations, and also raises questions regarding foreign investment and concentration of home ownership as a proportion of the population.
This FACT indicates the total percentage of households with insulation installed in each state and territory for the year 2014. Insulation is an effective measure in reducing energy usage in households, by reducing the need for heating and cooling.
This FACT indicates the number of live music hotel and bar venues in each Australian state, according to the Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA), 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.
The state with the highest number of live music hotel and bar venues is Queensland, at 495 venues, closely followed by New South Wales at 491 venues. The state with the least is the Australian Capital Territory at 12 venues.
Research shows that penalties for speeding such as demerit points or cost can often be an effective tool in reducing the number of accidents on our roads. The 'Cameras Save Lives' campaign by the Victorian Government is typical of the rationale.
The cost of infringements is extremely high in most Australian cities, though some face more punitive fines than others. This FACT indicates the cost of a speeding fine in each Australian city when the speed of the vehicle exceeds to exactly 5 km/hr over the designated speed limit. Note: the fine is for cars and not necessarily heavy vehicles.
This indicator also appears in the 'Cost of Living' indicator given that the size and frequency fines can have a significant impact on household, Governments sometimes accused of setting high fine levels as a revenue raising measure.