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Many Australians would not be able to function without access to a car - though it is certain that their purses would be fuller for it. this FACT indicates the average cost of parking for two hours in a secure CBD parking garage in each Australian city. The data here was collected by the Parkopedia in 2015.
Because of city density and demand for secure parking, the disparity between highest and lowest cost in each of Australia's capitals is staggering. On average, a 2 hour parking spot in Sydney costs $54.12. The city with the lowest average price is Hobart, at only $3.77 for 2 hours.
This FACT indicates the number of homeless persons per 10,000 of the population. Primary homelessness includes all people without conventional accommodation, for example, people living on the streets, in deserted buildings, improvised dwellings, or in parks. Rates of homelessness are an indicator of the effectiveness of public welfare, and can be influenced by inflation and the economy, unemployment, as well as political and social unrest.
While homelessness is less common in Australia than other developed countries, the issue is still a concerning one, and challenging to monitor since counting people without a fixed residence is difficult. This data was collected by the Australian Bureau of Statistics in 2011.
This FACT indicates the number of people who speak Italian at home, per 100,000 persons, in Australian capital cities. Italians have a rich presence in Australia, with a large number of people identifying as Italian, or as being of Italian decent. Italian migration intensified following the Second World War, when Australia relaxed its migration policies in order to increase population numbers. Since then, Italian migration, alongside migration from other nations, has played an important role in forging the modern Australian identity.
Results from the 2011 Census show that the city with the highest proportion of Italian speakers is Melbourne, at 2,817 per 100,000 persons, followed closely by Adelaide at 2,571. The city with the lowest number is Hobart at 396 Italian speakers per 100,000 persons.
This FACT indicates the percentage of households which use mains (the state's) water supply in each state. This indicator offers insight into the dependency of households on town infrastructure and common water supply. Mains water is sourced from common reservoirs, rather than private water supplies (like rainwater tanks), recycled or grey water, or bore or well water. The data was collected by the Australian Bureau of Statistics in 2013. Statistics for the Australian Capital Territory and Northern Territory could not be obtained.
Australia has a reputation for vicious shark attacks, which are an oft-cited topic for visitors and locals alike. Worldwide, Australia has the second highest number of recorded shark attack cases from 1580-2013, with a total of 510 reported cases, around half the number of attacks recorded by the United States, whose death toll stands at 1022 (International Shark Attack File, January 2014). Many of the attacks occur in deep waters or with surfboard riders, whose wetsuits often make them appear similar to seals, a sharks usual prey. An unprovoked attack is considered one which is initiated by the shark, and without human provocation.
This FACT indicates the percentage of fatal shark attacks in each Australian state and territory. The percentage includes all provoked and unprovoked shark attacks, from 1791 to 2012. The Australian Capital Territory has zero recorded attacks as it has no coastal beaches.