Tag Archives: Australia

Cost of Living Compared: Australia vs U.S.

Table stats are from numbeo.com, infographics from news.com.au, un.org, geographic.org and other referenced sources 

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Comparing Developer Salaries 
Aussie I.T. graduates I’ve spoken to over the years seem to think there are better paid Developer jobs in the U.S.

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Legend for Education Stats below:
AU = Australia
BR = Brazil
CA = Canada
FI = Finland
FR = France
DE = Germany
JP = Japan
MX = Mexico
RU = Russia
KP = South Korea
UK = United Kingdom
US = United States

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Snapshot of Australia’s Mobile Digital Economy 2012 – 2013

A report by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) dated November 2013 indicates that mobility in Australia experienced an increase of 33% (or 10% points) compared to June 2012 and a whopping 510% increase since June 2008.

Some interesting stats from the report:

Digital Workers

  • 5.64 million Australians use the internet to work away from the office, the so called ‘digital workers’;
  • 12.86 million Australians used online banking or bill paying in the six months to May 2013, up 10% since May 2012.

Mobility

  • At June 2013, there were 31.09 million mobile services in operation in Australia, up 3% since June 2012;
  • At May 2013, 11.19 million people had a smartphone, up 2% from May 2012;
  • 13.08 million Australians downloaded a mobile app in the six months to May 2013;
  • During June 2013, 7.5 million Australians accessed the internet via their mobile phones, an increase of 33% from June 2012;
  • 42% of adults accessed the internet via a mobile phone during June 2013, compared to 32% during June 2012;
  • The number of users of VoIP via mobile phones and tablets increased by 73% and 150% respectively in the 12 months to June 2013;
  • 40% of Australians used 6 or more separate communication services in the 6 months to May 2013.

Emergency Services

  • During 2012–13, over 8.8 million calls were made to emergency service numbers;
  • 99.1% of calls were answered within 10 seconds, meeting the regulatory requirements.


Data Downloads

  • Australians downloaded 676,898 terabytes of data in the June quarter 2013 — a 59% increase on the June quarter 2012;
  • 93% of data downloaded occurred via fixed-line broadband;
  • The average mobile phone internet user downloaded 1 GB of data in the quarter ending June 2013, compared to 107.9 GB for the average fixed-line broadband user. (For fixed-line broadband internet users, for example, this could equate to accessing data equivalent to 20 high definition movies, 2,000 songs and also 4,200 e-books during the quarter);
  • 14 million Australians using cloud computing services in the six months to May 2013, compared to 12.57 million in the six months to May 2012;
  • 9 out of the top 10 online news sites accessed in Australia during June 2013 were Australian.

Regulated Telco

  • At June 2013, there were 6.68 million fixed-line telephone services covered by the Customer Service Guarantee Standard, a decrease of 6 per cent since June 2012;
  • At June 2013, there were 8.74 million numbers listed on the Do Not Call Register—a 13 per cent increase from June 2012.

Scott Forstall, Apple’s Senior Vice President for iOS Software says that Apple are in the qualifying stages of providing turn by turn navigation on iOS for Australia. 

Australian Social Media Statistics for July 2012

  • Facebook – 11,008,520 Australian users/accounts (steady) – 13 million unique annual visitors (UAVs) according to Google Adplanner (users logging in from multiple locations – home, work, school etc).
  • YouTube – 11,000,000 UAVs (steady)
  • Blogspot – 4,010,000 (down 10,000)
  • LinkedIn – 2,200,000 (up 100,000)
  • Twitter – 2,114,000
  • WordPress.com – 1,600,000 (steady)
  • Tumblr – 1,200,000 (steady)
  • TripAdvisor – 1,060,000 (up 160,000)
  • Flickr – 820,000 (down 80,000)
  • Pinterest – 620,000 (steady)
  • Google Plus – approx 600,000
  • Instagram – 475,000 UAVs or 1.2 million using Facebook estimate
  • MySpace – 390,000 (down 80,000)
  • Reddit – 150,000 (up 10,000)
  • StumbleUpon – 130,000 (up 10,000)
  • Digg – 77,000 (down 6,000)
  • Foursquare – 63,000 (down 1,000)
  • Delicious – 33,000 (down 14,000)