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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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While hard data is essential for the comparison of states and cities, empirical data is invaluable for capturing the sentiment and opinion of a city’s residents. Australia’s Best City, along with its parent company ipData, conducts numerous surveys on a wide range of topics to ensure that the database remains up-to-date, representative, and relevant.

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Featured Facts

Cost of a speeding fine at exactly 10 km/h over the limit

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.

However, the cost and frequency of receiving a fine can have a significant impact on a household budget. Some view speeding fines simply as a revenue raising exercise for Governments.

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 10 km/hr over the designated speed limit. Note: the fine is for cars and not necessarily heavy vehicles.

This FACT is also ranked high to low (high is good) in the Community and Safety category.

Indigenous Australians in capital cities

This FACT indicates the percentage of Indigenous Australians in each city. The greater proportion of Australia’s Indigenous population live in non-urban areas rather than in cities and Central Business Districts. Nevertheless, Australia’s 8 major city centres are home to 43 per cent of Australia’s Indigenous population. The city with the highest percentage of indigenous population is Darwin, at 9.20 percent. There is a large gap between first and second cities, with Hobart's Indigenous population proportion at 3.10 percent. The city with the smallest Indigenous population is Melbourne, at just 0.5 percent. This data was sourced from the Australian Governments Department of Infrastructure and Transport, Major Cities Unit, State of Australian Cities 2011 document.

Number of brewpubs (Regional)

This FACT indicates the total number of brewpubs in each state. A brewpub is a pub or restaurant that brews beer on the premises. Some brewpubs, such as those in Germany, have been brewing traditionally on the premises for hundreds of years. Others are modern restaurants. Beer arrived in Australia at the beginning of British colonisation. In 2004, Australia was ranked as having the fourth highest beer consumption per capita, at around 110 litres per year, though considerably lower in terms of total alcohol consumption per capita.

The most popular beer style in modern day Australia is lager. The oldest brewery still in operation is the Cascade Brewery, established in Tasmania in 1824. The largest Australian-owned brewery is the family-owned Coopers, as the other two major breweries, Carlton United Breweries and Lion Nathan are subsidiaries by the British-South African SABMiller and the Japanese Kirin Brewing Company respectively. Foster's Lager is made mostly for export or under licence in other countries, particularly the UK.

Number of homicide victims (Regional)

This FACT indicates the total number of victims of homicide in each state, between 2012-2013. The state/territory with the highest number is New South Wales at 257. The state/territory with the lowest number is the Australian Capital Territory at 5. Results in both these cases are unsurprising, in relation to the size of their population.

Percentage of gay and lesbian couples

This FACT indicates the percentage of gay and lesbian couples in the greater capital city of each city. The statistics vary substantially between cities. In Sydney and Canberra, the percentage of gay and lesbian couples is equal at 1.1 percent, whereas in Adelaide and Perth, the percentage is at 0.6 percent. Statistically, Australia wide there are more gay couples, however, in Sydney and Melbourne there is a higher number of lesbian couples. 

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