Monday, November 30, 2009

Are we getting better at recycling and catching public transport?

The release of Environmental Issues: Waste Management and Transport Use, Mar 2009 (cat.no 4602.0.55.002), revealed some interesting statistics on recycling and the use of public transport.

Almost every Australian household (99%) participated in some form of recycling or reusing of waste, and just over half (51%) of Australian households recycled or reused kitchen or food waste.

And when it comes to public transport, we're getting better, but still have a long way to go. Australians increased their use of public transport to get to work or full-time study over the past decade, rising from 12% in 2000 to 14% in 2009. However, the overwhelming majority of Australians still travelled by car -- 80% in March 2009 compared to 82% in 2000.

Further information can be found in Environmental Issues: Waste Management and Transport Use (cat. no. 4602.0.55.002).

Thursday, November 12, 2009

A new record for births

Australia has again set a new record for the number of births in a year, with a total of 296,600 births registered in 2008, surpassing the previous record years of 2007 (285,200 births) and 1971 (276,400).

Overall, Australia had a total fertility rate of 1.97 babies per woman, up from 1.92 in 2007 and the highest since 1977 (2.01).

More details are available in Births, Australia, 2008 (cat. no. 3301.0), which includes: detailed statistics on live births: male and female births; births of Indigenous children; age and birthplace of parents; duration of marriage; previous children; nuptial and exnuptial births; single and multiple births; usual residence of mother (by state or territory); and regional comparisons.

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