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This FACT indicates the household electricity consumption as a proportion of 10,000 persons, measured in gigawatts per hour for each Australian. The state with the highest usage is Tasmania, with 47.5 GW/hr per 10,000 people. The state with the lowest is Victoria with 21.8 GW/hr per 10,000 people.
This FACT indicates the percentage of category 1 admissions from waiting lists for elective surgery in each state and territory. In Australia, at the time of being placed on the hospital’s waiting list in each state, it is common for a clinical assessment to be made to determine the urgency of the patient’s required elective surgery. A category 1 admission is for patients who have a chance of their condition deteriorating quickly, to the point where it may become an emergency within 30 days. The state/territory with the highest percentage is tied between Queensland at 39 percent. The state/territory with the lowest is New South Wales, at 24 percent, followed closely by Western Australia and South Australia, at 25 and 25.5 percent respectively.
Which Australian city smokes the most?
Smoking is a hot topic in Australia: it was the first country to introduce plain package cigarettes, and has heavy taxes on tobacco products. These federal measures are aimed at reducing the number of smokers in the country, and thereby the number of smoking-related illnesses and deaths that occur each year. The two most recent estimates for deaths caused by tobacco are by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW), and the Department of Health and Ageing (DoHA). The DoHA estimates 14,901 tobacco-attributable deaths in Australia (based on figures from 2004-05) and the estimates 15,511 deaths (based on figures from 2003). The differences in estimates are due to differing methodologies and reference years. Based on figures from the AIHW and DoHA reports, Tobacco in Australia estimates that there are 15,000 deaths annually due to tobacco. Even with conservative methodologies, the numbers are troubling.
This FACT indicates the total percentage of smokers in each Australian capital city. Data collected in 2011 indicates that the city with the highest rate of smokers is Darwin, at 27 percent. The city with the lowest is Perth, at 11.5 percent.
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.