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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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Australia has a reputation as an expensive destination - and many locals will agree. As one of the world's highest consumers of beer per capita, the price of beer has always been a hot topic. While the consumption of beer across the country has dipped in recent months, with consumers opting for wine, the indicator is none the less an important one.
This FACT indicates the average cost of a full strength draught beer at a bar or pub in each Australian capital city. The city with the most expensive average price for a 285 ml glass of beer (2011) is Adelaide, at A$4.30. The city with the cheapest average price for a glass of beer is Canberra at A$3.33. Please note that these prices exclude 'happy hours' and bar specials, and, while there are other online 'indexes' that estimate the price of beer based on an average of user responses, here the most official count from the Australian Bureau of Statistics has been used.
This FACT indicates the total number of additional dwellings that were built* in each Australian city during the period between 2006-2011. It gives some insight into the housing development rate in each city, as well as the amount of property investment. The numbers are represented in thousands.
In the five years up to 2011, Melbourne had the most developments in housing, at 165,010 new dwellings built. Darwin has the lowest residential development in the same period, with 5,130 new dwellings built.
This FACT indicates the total number of hospitals located in each Australian state and territory. A hospital is a health care institution providing patient treatment by specialized staff and equipment. Here, all specialised treatment hospitals are included. Hospitals are usually funded by the public sector, by health organizations (for profit or non profit), health insurance companies, or charities, including direct charitable donations.
The number of hospitals and the number of patients they can hold offer insight into the state and capacity of the health and wellbeing sector in each city/state and territory. This data was collected in 2013-14.
This FACT indicates the number of live music restaurant and cafe venues in each Australian state according to the Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA), as of September 2011.
The state with the highest number is, once again, Queensland, at 147 venues. The state with the least is the Australian Capital Territory, at 3 venues.
The National Assessment Program—Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) tests are taken each year in May by all students across Australia in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9. All students in the same year level are assessed using the same test items in the assessment domains of reading, persuasive writing, language conventions (spelling, grammar and punctuation) and numeracy.
The governing body ACARA states that every year, more than one million students sit the NAPLAN tests nationally, providing students, parents, teachers, schools and school systems with important information about the literacy and numeracy achievements of students. The results also act as performance indicators that are nationally comparable and serve to inform and support improvements to teaching and learning practices.
This FACT indicates the percentage of all students scoring at or above the national minimum average from each state or territory. The national minimum is the agreed minimum standard expected of students within their own year level, and is represented as the second lowest band on the achievement scale. Children who score in the lowest band are likely to need focussed intervention to progress through schools. The percentages presented here were calculated from the average percentage score forall subject areas and across all year levels in each state and territory.
Note: as the data interpreted is preliminary, results are subject to a degree of error that is likely to be within the vicinity of 0.01 - 0.5 of a percent.
The information is state based (REGIONAL)