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FTE Student/teaching staff ratio: Non-government primary schools (Regional)

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 food trucks in operation in Australian capital cities

A food truck is basically a mobile kitchen that transports and sells food to customers, most commonly located in the CBD of a city. A typical example would be the old fashioned ice cream truck or pie cart, that most people would associate the selling of food from a mobile truck. Since the influx of American style food and food culture in Australia, the Texan style ‘Chuck Wagon’ have been erecting all throughout some Australian capital cities. Although a higher proportion of food trucks now serve American style burgers, hot dogs and fries, there are still many Mexican, South American, Asian and Dessert style food carts trailing each city.

An Honourable mention would also have to go Adelaide’s pie cart movement in the late 1800’s, which made the traditional “Pie-Floater” world famous today, with approximately 13 pie carts operating in the CBD in the 1870’s.

This FACT indicates the number of food trucks that have operated in each capital city over the last 2 months, and are registered online at ‘WhereTheTruck.At’ in February 2014. Melbourne has the highest number of food trucks, at 30. Canberra, Darwin, Hobart and Perth scored the lowest at 0. Each has not had any operating food trucks within the last 2 months, as registered by ‘WhereTheTruck.At’.

*The data is based solely on food trucks registered with ‘WhereTheTruck.At’ and active within the last 2 months. This does not have any relation to the total amount of food truck licences awarded by each city’s council, currently used in each city.

Number of people travelling to work by truck per 100,000 persons (Regional)

This FACT indicates how many people use trucks to commute to work as a proportion of 100,000 persons in each Australian state. This data represents the numbers for 2011. The state with the highest number is Queensland at, 591 per 100,000 people. The state with the lowest is the Northern Territory, at 343 per 100,000 people.

Percentage of a city's population that have not changed residence within the 5 years until 2011

How often do people change their place of residence? This FACT indicates the percentage of people who live in greater area of their capital city, who have had the same residency for the 5 years between 2006 and 2011. This FACT may offer an insight into how transient a population is, the proportion of renters to owners, the average age of a city, the number of students in a city (where less students would suggest a lower rate of moving house) or employment stability versus mobility, advantages and disadvantages of both types.
The city with the highest percentage of people that keep the same residency is tied between Adelaide and Canberra, at 59 percent (stability). The city in which people tend to change residence more frequently is Darwin, at 40.1 percent (mobile population).

Percentage of population walking or cycling for work purposes

How fit are Australians? When compared to cities around the world, Australian city dwellers walk and cycle much less than those in other cities around the world. This is partly explained by the vast distances and urban sprawl that are prominent characteristics of all Australian capital cities. The levels of car dependency in Australia have therefore been on the increase (in vehicle kilometres travelled), at a rate much faster than the population growth. Car dependency leads to infrastructural and environmental issues like traffic congestion, particularly in the larger capitals where infrastructure and public transport provisions have not kept pace with growth rates. Pollution and carbon emissions are a growing problem, aggravated by high vehicle use of a growing and aging population.

This FACT indicates the percentage of people who are helping to balance this equation, by either walking or cycling for their commute to and from work. The Australian city with the highest percentage of people using non-motorised vehicles for work purposes is Darwin, at 7.54 percent(this is not what your data table says). The city with the lowest is Perth, at 3.41 percent(not in the data table). – I did wonder if this title also suggests that people rely on either walking or cycling as part of their work, eg bicycle courier – I’m assuming this is not what the data was saying.

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