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Live music attendances (Regional)

This FACT indicates the annual live music attendance in each Australian state, according to the Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA), as of 2014, in millions. Live music and bar venues provide entertainment to audiences, but also a stage for the creative growth and development of a community, encouraging cultural and entertainment markets.

The state with the highest number of attendances is New South Wales, at 16.198 million, closely followed by Victoria at 12.617 million. The state with the least is the Northern Territory at 0.448 million.

Number of admissions from waiting lists for plastic and reconstructive surgery (Regional)

This FACT indicates the number of admissions from waiting lists for plastic surgery in each state between 2013 and 2014. The values given are from a select group of hospitals from each state and do not represent the total number of admissions from every hospital in each state. Hospital admissions for elective surgery in Australia have increased over the last few years by as much as 2% each year on average. The state/territory with the highest admission is Victoria at 20215. The state/territory with the lowest is the Northern Territory at 450.

Rescues performed by lifesavers

This FACT indicates the number of lives saved by lifesavers over a year in each capital city. Surf lifesaving originated in Australia in 1906 in response to drownings at local beaches in Sydney. Such groups became necessary following the relaxing of laws prohibiting daylight bathing on Australian beaches. Volunteer groups of men were trained in life saving methods and patrolled the beaches, upholding public safety. Surf lifesaving is a multifaceted movement whose key aspects include voluntary lifeguard services and competitive surf sport. The movement has expanded globally to other countries including New Zealand, Ireland, South Africa, and the United States. Surf lifesavers in Australia are colloquially known as 'Clubbies'. The city with the highest number of rescues in 2016-2017 was Sydney, with 6107. The city with the lowest number of rescues is Tasmania, with 157 rescues. Data for Canberra is not applicable given its geographical location and distance from the coastline.

Speeding fine cost as a deterrent (at exactly 10 km/h over the limit)

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 10 km/hr over the designated speed limit. Note: the fine is for cars and not necessarily heavy vehicles.

This indicator also appears in the 'Cost of Living' indicator given that the size and frequency fines can have a significant impact on household, Governments sometimes accused of setting high fine levels as a revenue raising measure.

Total household water use per capita (Litres) (Regional)

Australians are comparatively conscious about water usage, and many households have employed measures to reduce their water consumption. This FACT indicates the total average household water usage per capita, in litres for each state between the 2015 to 2016 financial year. 

Total household water consumption is calculated by combining the amount of water distributed to households by water providers with the amount extracted through bores and other self-extraction facilities. 'Self-extracted ' water use is calculated by applying a coefficient, based on average number of kilolitres used per household connection, to the households known not to be served by water providers. The state with the highest total water use per capita is the Northern Territory with 169,530 litres of water used per person. The state with the least water usage is Victoria with only 64,743 litres per person.

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