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While many Australians drive into the CBD, do the costs of parking outweigh the convenience in some cities? While many assume taxis, for example, to be an unnecessary expense, using this mode of transport could indeed be cheaper than driving and parking in the CBD depending on where you live.
This FACT indicates the average cost of parking for one hour in a secure CBD parking garage in each Australian city. The city with the highest average price for one hour parking is Sydney at A$27.8. The city with the lowest price for one hour parking is Darwin at A$3.0. There is an obvious contrast between the two cities which raises discussions regarding the intent of policies.
This FACT indicates the average Internet download speeds for each city. These numbers are taken from Net Index by Ookla, which uses user driven statistics from the website speedtest.net to find the average download and upload speeds in each Australian city. This information is generated from users testing their internet speeds on the Net Index, which can then be used to find an average score. The numbers are in Megabits per Second, where 1 Mbps converts to 0.125 megabytes per second of download speed.
This FACT indicates the number of admissions from waiting lists for plastic surgery in each state between 2013 and 2014. The values given are from a select group of hospitals from each state and do not represent the total number of admissions from every hospital in each state. Hospital admissions for elective surgery in Australia have increased over the last few years by as much as 2% each year on average. The state/territory with the highest admission is Victoria at 20215. The state/territory with the lowest is the Northern Territory at 450.
Cities with a high number of carparks (relative to the number of workers) are said to increase overall car dependence, and dissuade commuters from opting for public transport. For this reason, the increase of available parking spaces is not increasing proportionately with demand, as city councils are trying to actively limit their availability. It also explains the increase in prices of undercover car parking in Australia's capitals.
This FACT indicates the projected number of CBD carparks per 1,000 workers in 2015, (that is, spaces within carpark buildings designed for that purpose) in each Australian capital city. This is according to Colliers International.
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 2016 Census show that the city with the highest number of people who speak Arabic at home is Sydney, at 3,985 per 100,000 persons. The city with the lowest number is Darwin, at 198 per 100,000 persons.