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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.

Percentage of persons that have escaped an unprovoked shark attack unharmed (Regional)

Australia has a reputation for vicious shark attacks, and sharks are oft-cited natural preditors for visitors and locals alike. While Australia does have the second highest number of recorded shark attack cases from 1580-2013 (510 reported cases, after the United States, with a total of 1022 as of February 2013) (International Shark Attack File, January 2014), many of the attacks occur in deep waters and with surfboard riders, who wear wetsuits and therefore look similar to sharks' usual prey. An unprovoked attack is considered one which is initiated by the shark, and without human provocation.

This FACT indicates the percentage of persons that have escaped a shark attack unharmed in each Australian state and territory, from 1791 to 2013.

Physical assault victimisation rate (Regional)

This FACT indicates the physical assault figures in each Australian state. The victimisation rate is defined as the total number of victims of a crime in a given population, expressed as a percentage of that population. A victim may be a person or a household reporting at least one of the crimes surveyed. Victims were counted once only for each type of crime, regardless of the number of incidents of that type.

These statistics are derived from information collected in the ABS Multipurpose Household Survey in 2016 - 2017. The Survey covered only selected types of personal and household crimes. Personal crimes included physical assault, threatened assault, robbery and sexual assault. Household crimes included break-ins, attempted break-ins, motor vehicle theft, theft from a motor vehicle, malicious property damage and other theft. The state/territory with the highest percentage is Northern Territory, at 4.9 percent. The state with the lowest is Tasmania, at 2.0 percent.

Road accident injury rate per 100,000 persons (Regional)

This FACT indicates the road accident injury rate per 100,000 people in each Australian state. The state with the highest number is the Northern Territory at 226.78 per 100,000 people. The state with the lowest is Western Australia at 140.44 per 100,000 people.

Road fatality rate per 100,000 persons (Regional)

This FACT indicates the number of road fatalities that occured per 100,000 persons in each Australian state in 2016. The definition of a road-traffic fatality varies from country to country. The definition used in Australia is a person who dies within 30 days of a crash on a public road involving a vehicle with an engine, and the death being the result of the crash. The road fatality rate is different from the fatal road accident rate, as multiple persons may incur fatal injuries in one single car accident. The state with the highest number is the Northern Territory at 19.66 per 100,000 people. The state with the lowest is the Australian Capital Territory at 2.26 per 100,000 people.

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