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Since the majority of Australians drive to work, the cost of petrol - or gasoline - is a hot topic. In Australia, petrol prices have risen significantly over the past few years, a factor that has contributed significantly to the cost of living for many. Petrol prices vary throughout the country, though, and some Australians are required to pay more per litre than their neighbours.
This FACT indicates the average price of regular unleaded petrol in each Australian state and territory. While ABS data is available on this topic, more recent data was sourced from the Australian Institute of Petroleum. According to their data, the state with the lowest average petrol price is Victoria at 133.2 cents per litre, while the most expensive is found in the Northern Territory, at 151.6 cents per litre. Data for ACT is combined with NSW petrol prices.
This FACT indicates the number of green star rated projects as a proportion of 100,000 people which operate within the respective Australian states.
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, Victoria and New South Wales would certainly have the most green-star rated projects, according to the GBCA. Comparing the number of green-star projects against the population, however, shows that the Australian Capital Territory has the most green-star rated projects, at 20.99 per 100,000 people.
While Australia has not followed international trends and legalised gay marriage, there exists a strong LGBT community in Australia, with venues, events, and cultural publications catering to that particular demographic. This FACT indicates the number of gay and lesbian bars per 1,000,000 persons. Interestingly, while Sydney is considered the LGBT capital of Australia (and home to the Mardi Gras gay pride parade), Melbourne has more gay and lesbian bars per capita. These numbers were taken from YellowPages online listings for 2014 and while they may not represent the true numbers of gay and lesbian bars, they provide good grounds for estimation.
This FACT indicates the number of people who speak Spanish at home per 100,000 persons in each captial. Immigration from Latin America and Spain is less frequent than immigration from other European countries,and between the years of 2006 and 2011 Australia’s Latino and Spanish born population increased by 6.4 percent.
As per the 2011 Census, the city with the highest proportion of Spanish speakers is Sydney, at 1135 per 100,000 persons. This is unsurprising, since the majority of Spanish and Latin American Australians reside in New South Wales. The city with the lowest number is Darwin, at 212 per 100,000 persons.
This FACT indicates the annual average rainfall received in each Australian city. Australia’s rainfall pattern is strongly seasonal in character, with a winter rainfall regime in parts of the south, a summer regime in the north and generally more uniform or erratic throughout the year elsewhere. This data indicates the average rainfall of each month taken over a period from 2000 to 2015 for each city. The city with the highest average annual rain fall is Darwin with 1773.3mm. The city with the lowest is Adelaide with 505.5mm.