Nov 20 2017

Australian Visitor Visa Statistics 2015-2016

Australian Visitor Visas Lodged, Granted and Not Granted (including refused) in 2015-2016

An average of 3% of all Australian Visitor Visas were refused or not granted during the 12 months ended 30 June 2016, but this varied a lot by type of visa in the Visitor Class.

It also varied a lot based on the country of origin, with Lebanon and Pakistan being very noticeable with low grant rates.

Out of 4.9 million Visitor Visa Applications in the 2015-16 year, 148,036 were not granted.

Nov 20 2017

Average Wages in Australia. May 2017

Average Full Time Adult Wages in Australia in May 2017

The Australian Bureau of Statistics’ Average Weekly Earnings survey shows the Full-time adult average total earnings in May 2017 at $83,636.80 per year.

The report shows the Average Full Time Wages for Male and Female as:

Male average full time wage at $89,741.60. This is a rise from $62,800.40 in May 2007. An increase of 43% in 10 years.
Female average full time wage at $73,086.00. This is a rise from $50,575.20 in May 2007. An increase of 45% in 10 years.

Nov 15 2017

The Real Cost of Water Rate rises in Lockey Valley, in 2017

The Real Cost of Water Rate rises in Lockey Valley, in 2017.

The Council part of the price of Water in Locker Valley has almost doubled, from 27 cents per kL to 48.2 cents per kL. (A rise of 85.38%)

But in real terms, a usage of 22kL in the quarter would mean a rise of 2.44%, the total bill rising from $262.17 to $268.57.
And a usage of 35kL in the quarter would mean a rise of 3.88%, the total bill would rise from $301.27 to $311.46.

Nov 15 2017

Same Sex Marriage Result and Reason Indications

Top 5 Yes and NO Same Sex Vote Electorates

No Voters: Average of 44.8% speak English only and 61.7% are married. 11.7% have no religion and 14.6% are Islam/Muslim.
Yes Voters: Average of 80.2% speak English only and 40.9% are married. 36.4% have no religion and 1.9% are Islam/Muslim.

Nov 15 2017

Average Daily Residential Water Consumption in Queensland

South East Queensland Average daily residential water consumption was 159 Litres per person in September 2015
South East Queensland has reduced its average water consumption by almost 16% in the period between 2012 and Sept 2015, but some area have done much Better, and Worse.
The Scenic Rim area has been best with a reduction from 190 litres per person to just 101, although both those numbers look out of the normal range.

Nov 10 2017

Poverty Level in Australia

What is the Poverty Level in Australia

In 2016, 2.99 million people in Australia (13.3% of the population), were living below the poverty level, after taking account of their housing costs.

To be considered ‘below the poverty level’, their incomes must be less than:

$895.22 per week: Couple with 2 children. ($46,551 per year)

Oct 20 2017

Winter Temperatures in Australia

How Cold is it in Winter in Australia

That is a question I have seen many times, and the answer always has to be; “It depends on what part”, as it varies so much..

A winter night can be as high as 28°C in one part while it is as low as minus 10°C in another area.
And a Winter day can be as high as 38°C but down to minus 6°C in another part.
These were 2016 figures, 2017 is similar.

Oct 20 2017

Income Test for Newstart Allowance

Income Test for The Newstart Allowance Income Test Rates

The Australian New Start Allowance, a welfare benefit for the unemployed, has its own Income Test which is different to the Income Test for Aged Pensions.

You are allowed to earn up to $104 per fortnight without any deductions, but any earnings over $104 per fortnight will incur a deduction of 50 cents in each dollar.

However, if you earn over $254 in the fortnight, you have a slightly higher amount deducted from the excess above $254. This deduction is 60 cents for each dollar earned over $254.
eg:

Oct 20 2017

Newstart Allowance Rates July 2017

Australian Newstart Allowance Rates
Newstart Allowance is a benefit for the Unemployed, and is paid fortnightly.
The rates are:

Sep 25 2017

Australian Banks Remove ATM Fees

Australian Banks announce the Removal of ATM Fees

On 24th September 2017, the CBA, Westpac, ANZ and NAB announced the removal of fees incurred on their ATM’s when used by non bank customers.

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