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Average annual morning wind speeds (km/h)

This FACT indicates the average annual morning wind speeds measured at 9am in each Australian city between the years 1893 to 2010. Note that each city has various lengths of records kept. Wind speed, or wind velocity, is commonly measured with an anemometer. Wind speed measurement is important as it affects weather forecasts, outdoor work operations, maritime operations, construction projects and the growth rate of plants. The city with the highest wind speed average is Hobart at 13.0 kilometres per hour. The city with the lowest is Canberra at 6.0 kilometres per hour.

Number of disability services and support organizations per 100,000 persons

This FACT indicates the number of disability services and support organizations per 100,000 people in each Australian city. Services and support for people with disabilities are those government or other institutional services and supports specifically provided to enable people with disabilities to fully participate in society and community life. Some such services and support organisations are mandated or required by law, some are assisted by technologies that have made it easier to provide the service or support, and others are commercially available not only to persons with disabilities, but to everyone who might make use of them. The data for this indicator was collected by looking at the Yellow Pages online directory (for 2018). Although the Yellow Pages is not the most accurate source of data, it is still able to provide an estimated value. The city with the highest number of disability services and support organisations was Canberra, at 57.64 per 100,000 people. The city with the lowest was Brisbane, at 11.14 per 100,000 people.

Number of special needs schools in each city per 100,000 persons

This FACT indicates the number of special schools in each city per 100,000 persons, including those schools with annexes providing special needs facilities. These numbers exclude English learning centres, distance education and schools for young mothers. The education of students with special needs involves individually planned teaching methods, modified equipment and materials, and settings that are more accessible. If students with special needs are to achieve the same levels of education and success as a student that would have be educated in a typical classroom setting, these extra measures are necessary. 

Participation rate of children in organised drama activities (Regional)

This FACT indicates the participation rate of children aged 5 to 14 in organised drama activities in each state. Participation in drama activities can increase confidence and teamwork amongst young people, as well as contributing to the cultural richness of a state. The data expressed here represents the numbers for 2012. The state with the highest participation rate is Queensland at 5.9 percent. Tasmania and Western Australia are equal in the lowest rate, at 3.8 percent.

Percentage of males within the normal weight range (Regional)

Which state/territory has the slimmest males? Obesity and being overweight is a real problem in Australia, which is classified as one of the fattest nations in the developed world. The phenomenon has been described as an 'epidemic' because of how quickly Ausralian waistlines have expanded and thereby increased the chance and frequency of weight-related illnesses.  The Australian Bureau of Statistics classifies a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 25.00 and above as overweight. This FACT indicates the proportion of people within a normal weight range (BMI of 24.99 and under) in state/territory.

The state with the highest proportion of males who weigh within the normal weight range is Western Australia, at 34.1 percent. The state with the lowest is Tasmania, at 25.5 percent.

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