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Australians take sport seriously, and many are passionate supporters of sporting teams. But how often do they engage in physical activity themselves? This FACT indicates the participation rates in sport and recreation in each state and territory, for people aged 15 years and older 2011-2012. This FACT also appears in the Sport category.
Participating in organised physical activities is an important element of staying healthy, and contributes to well connected communities and a healthy work-life balance amongst individuals. Particularly in Australia, one of the fattest nations in the developed world, engagement in physical activity is a powerful and important measure to combat the obesity epidemic.
The state with the highest rates of adult participation in sports and recreation is the Australian Capital Territory with 80 percent of people over 15 engaging in at least some physical activity. The state with the lowest is Queensland, with 61.9 percent.
This FACT indicates the number of people in Australian capitals who speak Arabic at home. Arabic is the fifth-most commonly spoken language in the world, and is spoken most widely in Northern Africa, the Middle East, and East Africa.
Given the increase in migration from these regions to Australia over the past decade, the number of people who speak Arabic at home has increased. However, this number is still significantly lower than other major languages spoken in Australia, which are namely Chinese languages, Indo-Aryan languages, Vietnamese, Italian, and Greek, to name a few.
According to the results of the 2011 ABS Census, the city with the highest number of people who speak Arabic at home is Sydney, at 178,662 persons. The city with the lowest number is Darwin at 237 persons.
This FACT indicates the number of people who speak Italian at home 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 descent. The migration of Italians into Australia intensified after the Second World War, when the country 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.
According to the results of the 2011 ABS Census, the city with the highest number of Italian speakers is Melbourne, at 112,685. The city with the lowest number is Darwin at 573.
This Fact indicates the percentage of households whose mortgage repayments are greater than 30 percent of household income (a phenomenon otherwise referred to as mortgage stress). The average percentage of Australian households spending more than 30 percent of household income on mortgage repayments is 9.9 percent. According to the 2011 ABS Census, the city with the highest percentage is Sydney at 12 percent. The city with the lowest is Canberra at 7.8 percent.
This FACT indicates the amount of financial support given to performing arts venues by State and Territory Governments in 2012-2013. This funding targets the operation, construction or maintenance of venues mainly engaged in the presentation and rehearsal of performing arts. The numbers are represented in millions of dollars.