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Average petrol price (ULP) (Regional)

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 South Australia at 126.9 cents per litre, while the most expensive is found in Tasmania, at 139.5 cents per litre. Data for ACT is combined with NSW petrol prices.

Greek ancestry by birthplace of parents

This FACT indicates the number of people with Greek ancestry determined by the birthplace of their parents. This includes the birth of either both parents overseas, their father only born overseas, their mother only born overseas, both parents born in Australia, or birthplace not stated. The city with highest number is Melbourne, at 162,103. The city with the lowest number is Hobart, at 1,788.

Median age of capital cities' population

This FACT indicates the median age of each Australian capital city. Australia is currently going through a transition stage, meaning the population on the whole is ageing. This is partly explained by the fact that the baby boomers of the mid 20th century are now growing older, leaving behind a smaller proportion of a younger population due to families having fewer children. Migration also has an impact, since most immigrants who are naturalised are adults, or approaching adulthood. The city with the highest median age is Hobart, at 39. Australia's youngest capital city is Darwin, with a median at 33 years old.

Number of schools in each city per 10,000 persons aged 5-19 years

This FACT indicates the number of primary and high schools (reception to year 12) within each capital as a proportion of 10,000 people aged from 5 - 19 years. The data reflects numbers for 2016 and was sourced from ABS Census data. After standardising these numbers, it was determined that while Sydney and Melbourne have the most schools in hard numbers, Canberra has the highest number of schools per 10,000 person (between the ages of 5 and 19). Brisbane showed the lowest number of schools per school aged person, at 12.28. Because each Australian State and Territory govern their own education system, there are variations in the modus operandi from state to state. One these differences is the age of matriculation, which usually ranges between the ages of 17 and 19.

Percentage of agricultural land (Regional)

Australia is a major agricultural producer and exporter, with the agricultural industry earning A$155 billion each year for a 12 percent share of GDP. Australian farmland covers 61 percent of Australia’s enormous landmass, however the distribution of farmland across the country varies dramatically, impacted by geographical size, suitable terrain, and climate.

This FACT indicates the percentage of land used for agriculture across Australian states and territories in 2016. The state with the highest percentage of agricultural land is Queensland, with 80.82 percent. The state with the lowest is Tasmania, with 23.26 percent. Individual data for the Australian Capital Territory could not be obtained, and is included in the data for New South Wales.

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