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This FACT indicates the percentage people aged 65 and over within each Australian capital city. An aging population is a phenomenon experienced by the whole country, as the 'baby boomer' generation approaches retirement (65 years old). This fact presents a challenge to welfare policies and superannuation plans, since a large proportion of the population will be drawing on these resources simultaneously.
This data was collected in 2011 ABS Census. The figures presented here were calculated by dividing the city’s total number of people aged 65 and over in a city by that city's total population. The city with the most aged population in Australia is Adelaide, with a percentage of 15.48 percent being 65 or older. Darwin has the least aged population, with 6.33 percent in this age group.
This FACT indicates the number of people that use bicycles to commute to work per 100,000 persons in each state and territory. Because of the large urban sprawl, wide roads, and hot temperatures in Australia, bicycles are used less frequently as a mode of transport compared to other countries. It is estimated that, because of health, traffic, and infrastructure benefits, cyclists riding 20 minutes to work and back save the economy approximately A$21 per day.
This FACT indicates the number of Australians who speak Arabic at home per 100,000 persons, in each capital. Arabic is the fifth-most commonly spoken language in the world, and is spoken most widely in Northern Africa, the Middle East, and East Africa.
Given the increase in migration from these regions to Australia over the past decade, the number of people who speak Arabic at home has increased. However, this number is still significantly lower than other major languages spoken in Australia, namely Chinese languages, Indo-Aryan languages, Vietnamese, Italian, and Greek, to name a few.
Results form the 2011 Census show that the city with the highest number of people who speak Arabic at home is Sydney, at 4,068 per 100,000 persons. The city with the lowest number is Darwin, at 197 per 100,000 persons.
This FACT indicates the percentage of green star rated projects by the number of construction companies that operate within the respective Australian cities.
A Green Star project is one that has been certified under the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA). The GBCA's Green Star rating system is awarded to projects that have been implemented with the aim of reducing their environmental impact. The project can be a building, a number of buildings, or a fit-out. The certification is given to both new projects and projects that have undergone extensive renovations. In real numbers, Melbourne and Sydney would certainly have the most green star rated projects, according to the GBCA. However, comparing the number of green-star projects against the number of construction companies, Canberra has the most, at 7.44 percent. At 1.95 percent, Hobart has the lowest percentage of construction companies that are green star rated.
Office space is amongst the most costly and inefficient to invest in. The grading system used by Knight Frank categorizes primary and secondary office space by the use of advanced valuation software, rigid reporting and quality review processes and by utilising global, national and local networks. While many small and medium enterprises (SMEs), as well as the increasing number of freelancers, are turning towards desk rental and shared office space, traditional offices are still an important part of company infrastructure, particularly in primary core (central) locations, as they help lend legitimacy to a businesses. This FACT indicates the average gross face office rent for primary core locations in Australian dollars per square metre per week in each Australian capital city.
* Adelaide, Brisbane and Canberra are using gross profit data, whereas with Melbourne, Perth and Sydney, only the median net profit could be found. No data was available for Darwin and Hobart.