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Average annual cost of commuting to work by car

How much do Australians spend on travelling to and from work, using their own car, each year? Given the fairly large distances commuters must travel, and the rising cost of petrol prices, this percentage is increasing at a faster rate than salaries.

This FACT indicates the total cost of owning and running an automobile to commute to and from work, five days per week. These costs are an average taken from the cost of driving between a five and twenty-five kilometre journey into the CBD. The Australasian Railway Association Report takes into account individual distances travelled, car type, and average parking costs in each city. The figures also include the costs of maintenance and repair that accrue through a standard year, but exclude the charges of congestion and carbon emissions. Data for Darwin could not be obtained.

Brisbane residents face the most expensive commute, at $13,731.5 per year. The cheapest commute to and from work in a personal vehicle was hobart at $8,376.6 per year.

Cost of a speeding fine at exactly 10 km/h over the limit

Research shows that penalties for speeding such as demerit points or cost can often be an effective tool in reducing the number of accidents on our roads. The 'Cameras Save Lives' campaign by the Victorian Government is typical of the rationale.

However, the cost and frequency of receiving a fine can have a significant impact on a household budget. Some view speeding fines simply as a revenue raising exercise for Governments.

The cost of infringements is extremely high in most Australian cities, though some face more punitive fines than others. This FACT indicates the cost of a speeding fine in each Australian city when the speed of the vehicle exceeds to exactly 10 km/hr over the designated speed limit. Note: the fine is for cars and not necessarily heavy vehicles.

This FACT is also ranked high to low (high is good) in the Community and Safety category.

Fruit and nut production in Australia (tonnes) (Regional)

Backpackers and working holiday-makers will understand the significance of each state and territory's fruit and nut production, with regional farm work an official means to extend a one-year work-visa. Agricultural workers and investors too will examine yield versus land mass, as it offers insight into the fertility of each region.

This FACT indicates the fruit and nut production in tonnes in each Australian state and territory in 2015-2016. This number is represented in thousands. The Mediterranean climate is ideal for growing fruit and nuts, supporting even alpine fruiting flora. Tropical plants found in generally cool temperatures also tolerate a Mediterranean climate. The state with the highest production is South Australia at 1,071,248 tonnes. The state with the lowest is the Australian Capital Territory at 0 tonnes.

Residential electricity consumption per 100,000 persons (GW/hr)(Regional)

This FACT indicates the household electricity consumption as a proportion of 100,000 persons, measured in gigawatts per hour for each Australian. The state with the highest usage is Tasmania, with 457.55 GW/hr per 100,000 people. The state with the lowest is the Northern Territory with 161.45 GW/hr per 100,000 people.

Water consumed for irrigation per hectare of irrigated land (ML) (Regional)

This FACT indicates the amount of water that was consumed for irrigation purposes per hectare of irrigated agricultural land in the 2015-2016 financial year. It is measured in mega litres. The state with the highest amount of water use per hectare was South Australia, with 4.27 ML. This is likely due to South Australia being the driest state in Australia. The state with the lowest was Tasmania, with 3.07 ML.

Data for the Australian Capital Territory was not available.

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