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This FACT indicates the median personal weekly income of each capital city. Personal income is an individual’s total earnings from wages, investment interest, and other sources, and before deductions for tax, superannuation contributions, health insurance, salary sacrificed, or any other automatic deductions. The 2016 Census collected personal weekly income for all persons aged 15 years and over. People were asked to report the total of all their wages and salaries, government benefits, pensions, allowances and any other income they usually receive. The median has been utilised here as it gives a more accurate reflection of the overall data set, as it is not impacted by outliers (or figures that lie far outside of the regular data range). The city with the highest average personal weekly income is Darwin at A$1,052 per week and the lowest was Adelaide, with an average weekly income of A$617 per week.
This FACT indicates the percentage of people in each capital city who consider themselves to have Australian ancestry. Overall, according to the most recent Australian Census conducted by the Australian Bureau of Statistics, 23.3 percent of Australia's population are of Australian ancestry, compared to 25 percent who have an English ancestry.
The city with the highest percentage of people of Australian ancestry is Hobart, at 30.1 percent. Sydney has the lowest, at 18.1 percent, followed closely by Melbourne, at 18.3 percent.
This FACT indicates the unemployment rate of teenagers aged between 15-19 years in each Australian state in 2017. There is no minimum number of hours worked to be considered employed. If a teenager is studying, they are considered 'employed', and so only those who are not completing secondary school or who are not enrolled in tertiary education, and do not have any form of part time or casual employment, are considered.
This FACT reports on the total Arts expenditure by State and Territory Governments. This combines support for art galleries, drama, dance, museums, musical performance and dance (to name a few) for the year 2012-2013. This is recorded in millions of dollars.
Australians are relatively conscious about water usage, and many households have employed measures to reduce their water consumption. This FACT indicates the total average water usage per household in gigalitres for each state between the years 2015 to 2016.
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 is New South Wales with 561.78 gigalitres. The state with the least is the Australian Capital Territory with 31.27 gigalitres.