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This FACT indicates the Full Time Equivalent (FTE) student to teacher ratio. It is theorised that teaching can only progress as the pace of the slowest learner therfore with a smaller ratio comes more individualised learning and attention and greater progress. In general non-government schools have a lower ratio than government schools.
Number of people who affiliate with an Australian Aboriginal Traditional Religion per 100,000 persons
This FACT indicates the number of Australians who have an affiliation to an Australian Aboriginal Traditional Religion in each capital city per 100,000 persons.
Indigenous Australians have a rich culture with ancient traditions and beliefs which are traditionally based on animist spiritual frameworks. Indigenous Australia's oral tradition and spiritual values are based upon reverence for the land and a belief in the Dreamtime, an early period from which come stories of creation and the naming of the natural landscape by the very first Aboriginal ancestors.
Today, there are very few Indigenous Australians who maintain a belief in a traditional Aboriginal Religion. 2011 Census data shows that the city with the highest number is Darwin at 74.64 per 100,000 persons, which is unsuprisng due to its also having the highest proportion of Australian Aborigines. The city with the lowest proportion of affiliation is Hobart ,at 4.72 in 100,000 persons.
Because of Australia's history of colonisation, a high percentage of Australia's population are of English descent. In the most recent ABS Census, around one quarter of Australians (25.9 percent) identified themselves as having English ancestry.
This FACT indicates the percentage of people with an English ancestry, living in each capital city. The city with the highest percentage people with English ancestry is Hobart, at 32 .9 percent. Sydney has the lowest percentage, at 20.4.
Given that the agricultural industry makes up 12 percent of the Australian GDP and is responsible for earning around A$155 billion a year, it is a hugely important industry. Farmland covers 61 percent of Australia's landmass, though this share is distributed unevenly across each state and territory.
This FACT indicates the percentage of each state and territory's overall spending that goes towards agriculture in 2011. The state with the highest percentage of spending on agricultural industry is Queensland at 34 percent. The state with the lowest percentage is Tasmania at 0.4 percent. Data for the Australian Capital Territory could not be obtained.
This FACT indicates the total yearly cost of petrol that a person would spend on travel to and from work in each Australian capital city. For this indicator, the distance travelled, as well as the average cost of ULP gas, affects the outcome.
The numbers do not include costs for vehicle maintenance, registration, insurance, road tolls, or the social cost of congestion. When considering the above, it is evident that for many, using public transport would be a cheaper option. The size and age of family members however, plus access to public transport connections, make driving more convenient.