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Median weekly unit rental prices in Australian cities

How much does it cost to rent an apartment in Australia? Unsurprisingly, this number varies dramatically depending size and suburb, and there is also great disparity between cities. This FACT indicates the median rental rate for a unit (or apartment) in each Australian capital city. The median has been utilised as it gives a more accurate reflection of the overall data set. The median value is the middle price in a series of sales, where half of the sales are of lower value and half are of higher value. Here, all sizes of units have been considered. The data represents statistics for February 2018. In Australia, rent and mortgage repayments are generally calculated in weekly instalments, and so the data here represents weekly repayments.

This data suggests that Sydney-siders pay more for apartments, which is likely influenced by the high cost and demand of real estate (apartments) in the CBD. The cheapest rental unit rates in are in Adelaide, coinciding with the rental housing data.

Number of national parks (Regional)

This FACT indicates the number of national parks found in each Australian state. The numbers for each state includes national parks, regional parks and conservation parks only. Forests and forest reserves are not included in the count. Australia is known around the world for its incredible variety of wildlife, including flora and fauna, with each state being host to many native species. Wildlife parks and sanctuaries tend to bring in a large amount of tourism in Australia and their conservation is considered important for future generations.

Number of persons who speak Vietnamese at home

This FACT indicates the number of persons who speak Vietnamese at home in each Australian capital city. Vietnamese migration peaked from the 1970s to the 1980s, both during and following the Vietnam War, with almost all arrivals being refugees. Since the late 1980s, most Vietnamese migration is a result of reuniting families, under the Vietnamese Family Migration Program. It is because of these migration waves, that there is a strong Vietnamese culture in Australia, with large populations in Melbourne and Sydney in particular. 
 
The city with the highest number of people who speak Vietnamese at home is Melbourne at 101,388 persons, followed closely by Sydney at 99,301 persons. The city with the lowest number is Hobart at 283 persons. The data presented here was collected in the 2016 ABS Census.
 

Percentage of domestic students undertaking registration as nurses (Regional)

This FACT indicates the percentage of a state's university population that is currently undertaking a course for initial registration as a nurse for the year 2016. Nursing is a profession within the health care sector, and an integral role in the establishment of healthy and prosperous communities.

Interestingly, the number of students studying to become a nurse is not influenced by the number of universities in each state/territory, neither in hard numbers nor as a percentage of population.

Total household water use per capita (Litres) (Regional)

Australians are comparatively conscious about water usage, and many households have employed measures to reduce their water consumption. This FACT indicates the total average household water usage per capita, in litres for each state between the 2015 to 2016 financial year. 

Total household water consumption is calculated by combining the amount of water distributed to households by water providers with the amount extracted through bores and other self-extraction facilities. 'Self-extracted ' water use is calculated by applying a coefficient, based on average number of kilolitres used per household connection, to the households known not to be served by water providers. The state with the highest total water use per capita is the Northern Territory with 169,530 litres of water used per person. The state with the least water usage is Victoria with only 64,743 litres per person.

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