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Average annual full time income per employee

This FACT indicates the average income of a full time employed person in each Australian capital. Australia enjoys a high standard of living, secured partly by a high minimum wage and a comparatively holistic welfare system. Average full-time salary of Australian workers reflects the standard of living in Australia. In 2016, the city with the highest average full time yearly income was Canberra, at $89,846. This may reflect the high percentage of public servants who reside in the country's capital. The lowest average full-time earnings were in Hobart, at $69,477 per year. 

Container deposit scheme for recycling

Thanks to its well-established recycling scheme of plastic, glass, and aluminium containers, South Australia now leads the nation in the recovery, recycling and litter reduction of this waste. As of December 2013, the state boasted an overall return rate of 80 percent.

While the Northern Territory also has such a scheme in place, territory recycling figures were not available since the scheme has only been in place since 2012, following a lengthy legal battle headed by Coca Cola Amatil.

This FACT indicates those state and territories which have a container deposit scheme in place. A value of 1 has been awarded to states and territories that have a recycling scheme in place, while a value of zero has been allocated to those states/territories with no such scheme. This data is correct as of March 29 2018.

Number of accidental alcohol poisoning deaths in each state (Regional)

This FACT indicates the number of diagnosed accidental alcohol poisoning deaths in each state. Alcoholism and binge drinking are real issues in Australia. As a consequence, heavy tax levies and import restrictions are placed on all alcoholic beverages; a rate that varies from state to state. The state with the highest number of deaths by alcohol poisoning was New South Wales with 30 in 2016. The state with the least is the Australian Capital Territory with 0 diagnosed deaths.

Number of official festivals and events (Regional)

This FACT indicates the total number of current official festivals and events that will be occurring over the next year (March 2017 - March 2018) according to each Australian state's tourism and events website. Please note that the figures given in this data do not represent all possible festival/events that will occur, but show only festivals or events that have been registered with each respective tourism commission as of March 2018.

These events attract both domestic and international tourism, promote cultural diversity and economic activity, and increase the vibrancy and social scorecard of a city. The state with the most registered festival and events (between March 2018-2019) is the ACT, with 335. The state with the least is the NT, with a comparatively small 50 registered events planned for the coming year.

Percentage of persons that have escaped an unprovoked shark attack unharmed (Regional)

Australia has a reputation for vicious shark attacks, and sharks are oft-cited natural preditors for visitors and locals alike. While Australia does have the second highest number of recorded shark attack cases from 1580-2013 (510 reported cases, after the United States, with a total of 1022 as of February 2013) (International Shark Attack File, January 2014), many of the attacks occur in deep waters and with surfboard riders, who wear wetsuits and therefore look similar to sharks' usual prey. An unprovoked attack is considered one which is initiated by the shark, and without human provocation.

This FACT indicates the percentage of persons that have escaped a shark attack unharmed in each Australian state and territory, from 1791 to 2013.

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