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Number of restaurants

This FACT indicates the total number of restaurants that are listed within the Yellow Pages in each Australian city. It excludes fast food restaurants and function centres. Note that not all restaurants are listed in public listing directories, and so the numbers should be regarded with caution. However, while there are no exact figures on the number of restaurants and eateries operating in each city, the disparity of numbers still affords an interesting figure from which to extrapolate. According to the Yellow Pages listings in March 2018, Sydney has the highest number of restaurants (5139), while Darwin had the lowest (170).

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 people who decreased personal water usage

This FACT indicates the percentage of people who decreased their personal water use. This information was sourced from the State of Australian Cities 2010 report.

A country plagued by extreme weather conditions and often experiencing high temperatures and drought, Australia is conscious of its water consumption. The introduction of water restrictions in urban areas have generated a greater awareness of water conservation in the community. These figures show that high proportions of households in most capital cities decreased their personal use of water over the 12 months from 2007-2008. 

This reduction has been achieved by the adoption of voluntary measures by households to reduce water use and install water-saving devices such as water-efficient shower-heads and dual-flush toilets. By the end of 2007, more than 80 per cent of Australian households had installed a dual-flush toilet an increase of 107 per cent from 1994. 

The city with the largest decrease in use was Brisbane with 75 percent. The city with the least was Hobart with 34 percent. (data for Canberra and Darwin could not be obtained.)

State government funding for libraries (Regional)

This FACT looks at state gorvernment funding for libraries (in 2015-2016) in millions of dollars. Libraries are an important resource in supporting educational and learning endeavours, as well as providing accessible and free-to-the-public common spaces used by community groups and organisations. Investment into these facilities therefore represents an important part of educational and community expenditure.

Unpaid aged and disabled care across Australia

The level of domiciliary (or in-home) care can be an important indicator of the level of demand for aged care services and facilities by local and state governments. An increasing proportion of carers among the population may indicate inadequate aged care provision, the need for in-home support, or support for the carers themselves. The level and amount of care provided by unpaid individuals is likely to be affected by household income and the ethnic background of the community or family. Unpaid aged and disabled care is mostly provided by close friends or family, and can also be an indicator of the level of community cohesiveness.

This FACT indicates the proportion of people providing unpaid care for the aged and disabled (in the last two weeks prior to the 2016 Australian Census) in each Australian city in 2016. 

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