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This FACT indicates the number of people in each city 15 years and over who have a certificate level education per 100,000 persons. Technical and Further Education (TAFE) institutions are most often the place in which students complete their vocational education and training (VET). TAFE courses are often short with certificates, diplomas and advanced diplomas also being offered. Some TAFE institutions also offer High Education courses. Accredited qualifications that can be gained at TAFE include business management, community services, hospitality, beauty and fitness amongst other courses.
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.
Australia has a reputation for vicious shark attacks, and is an oft-cited topic for visitors and locals alike. Australia has the second highest number of recorded shark attack cases from 1580-2013, with a total of 510 reported cases, which is a little less than half the total of the United States, at 1022 total reported cases (International Shark Attack File, January 2014). Many of the attacks occur in deep waters or with surfboard riders, whose wetsuits make them appear quite seal-like, and thus like sharks' usual prey. An unprovoked attack is one which is initiated by the shark, without human provocation.
This FACT indicates the percentage of persons who have survived a shark attack (sustaining injuries) in each Australian state and territory, from 1791 to 2012. It also appears unranked in the Climate and Environment category. The ACT has been left out of this category due to its complete lack of coastal area and thus an absence of shark attacks.
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 15 km/hr over the designated speed limit. Note: the fine is for cars and not necessarily heavy vehicles.
This FACT indicates the proportion of sporting venues over 40,000 capacity that are located in each city. A sport venue is a building, structure, or place in which sporting competitions are held. These sporting venues exclude racecourses and motorsport venues. Large sporting venues can have a positive economic impact on a city by encouraging local spending, can attract domestic and international tourists, international sporting teams, and entertainers. The city that has the most stadiums per 100,000 people is Brisbane, and the city with the least is Sydney (2013). The data set excludes Canberra, Darwin and Hobart owing to the lack of sporting venues over a 40,000 person capacity.