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Length of underground energy transmission network cables (km) (Regional)

This FACT indicates the total length of energy transmission networks (underground cables) in kilometres in each state, measured between 2014-2015. This number is represented in thousands. Underground energy lines are beneficial to a city for a number of reasons, firstly, because they have less of a visual and environmental impact, which typically generate large opposition from local communities. Another benefit is that they have lower transmission losses and can absorb emergency power loads. They also have lower maintenance costs, emit no electric field and can be engineered to emit a lower magnetic field than an overhead line. They require a narrower band of land to install are less susceptible to the impacts of severe weather. The disadvantages are that the initial costs are high, and if there is a malfunction, it can be more difficult to repair. The state with the largest length of these netowrks is New South Wales, at 40,229 km. The state/territory with the smallest number is Northern Territory, at 1,510 km.

New motor vehicle sales per 100,000 persons (excluding motor bike) (Regional)

This FACT indicates the proportion of new motor vehicle sales (not including motorbikes) that occured in 2017 per 100,000 people. While this can be deemed a burden in terms of the negative environmental impact, it is also an indicator of economic prosperity, and is therefore sorted from high to low.

The state/territory with the highest number of new car sales is Victoria, 5725.7 per 100,000 people. The state with the lowest is Tasmania with 3902.4 per 100,000 people. This is a rather predictable result since Hobart is the city with one of the lowest median household annual income.

Number of days waited by Indigenous Australians for admissions from waiting lists for elective surgery (Regional)

This FACT indicates the number of days waited by Indigenous Australian patients for admissions from waiting lists for elective surgery in the 90th percentile. The 90th percentile means that 90 percent of the people admitted from waiting lists are admitted within and beyond 365 days. The other 10% are outliers and fall outside the range of the other 90 percent either above or below. The state/territory with the highest number of days waited in the 90th percentile is New South Wales at 335. The state/territory with the lowest number of days waited is Victoria at 182, followed closely by South Australia at 185.

Number of volunteer firefighters per 100,000 persons
(Regional)

This FACT indicates the number of volunteer firefighters per population in each Australian state. Australia has a long history of bushfires, with frequent occurances each year along its hot and dry landscape. While many native flora are dependent on the regenerative nature of bushfires, there are tendencies for the spread to affect highly populated areas resided by the Australian people. It is in these cases that volunteer firefighters are required to assist in quelling the spread of such deadly blazes.

*NOTE: These figures come from multiple sources which estimate the numbers, and are therefore approximations only.

State and Territory government expenditure on dance (millions)(Regional)

This FACT indicates the amount of State and Territory Government financial support for dance in the years 2012-2013. Funding includes the presentation of dance performances, including ballet, classical, modern or contemporary dance and for the provision of choreography services. The data are represented in millions of dollars.

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