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Average annual morning wind speeds (km/h)

This FACT indicates the average annual morning wind speeds measured at 9am in each Australian city between the years 1893 to 2010. Note that each city has various lengths of records kept. Wind speed, or wind velocity, is commonly measured with an anemometer. Wind speed measurement is important as it affects weather forecasts, outdoor work operations, maritime operations, construction projects and the growth rate of plants. The city with the highest wind speed average is Hobart at 13.0 kilometres per hour. The city with the lowest is Canberra at 6.0 kilometres per hour.

Number of additional dwellings built

This FACT indicates the total number of additional dwellings that were built* in each Australian city during the period between 2011-2016. It gives some insight into the housing development rate in each city, as well as the amount of property investment. The numbers are represented in thousands.

In the five years up to 2016, Melbourne had the most developments in housing, at 169,810 new dwellings built. Hobart has the lowest residential development in the same period, with 3,200 new dwellings built.

Number of days waited for admissions from waiting lists for Total Knee Replacement surgery (Regional)

This FACT indicates the number of days waited for patient admissions from waiting lists for Total Knee Replacement surgery in the 90th percentile in each state. The 90th percentile means that 90 percent of the people admitted from waiting lists are admitted within and beyond 365 days. The other 10% are outliers and fall outside the range of the other 90 percent either above or below. 

The cost of petrol for a yearly commute to work

This FACT indicates the total yearly cost of petrol that a person would spend on travel to and from work in each Australian capital city. For this indicator, the distance travelled, as well as the average cost of ULP gas, affects the outcome. The total number of registered vehicles, the percentage of passenger vehicles, the amount of fuel consumed, and the distance travelled per vehicle on average were considered to determine the average fuel consumption of all passenger vehicles in Australia. The most common routes to work for each city were used from the Australian Railways Association to calculate the final cost of petrol for a yearly commute to work.

The numbers do not include costs for vehicle maintenance, registration, insurance, road tolls, or the social cost of congestion. When considering the above, it is evident that for many, using public transport would be a cheaper option. The size and age of family members however, plus access to public transport connections, make driving more convenient.

NOTE: Average commute distance to work not found for Darwin, so figure not given.

Total arts expenditure by state and territory governments (millions)(Regional)

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.

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