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This FACT indicates the average annual morning relative humidity measured at 9am in each Australian city between the years 1981 and 2010. The relative humidity measures the amount of water vapour in the air as a percentage of the maximum water vapour the air can hold. Therefore relative humidity is measured as a percentage. A relative humidity reading of 100% means that the air is completely saturated with water and cannot hold anymore. Relative humidity near the ground could be much less, therefore there does not need to be a reading of 100% for it to be raining. Rather surprisingly, the city with the highest average humidity is Canberra, at 73 percent. The city with the lowest is tied between Adelaide and Perth, at 62 percent.
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.
This FACT indicates the proportion of overseas students that are enrolled at university, per the number of universities within each Australian state, for the year 2014. This number is represented in thousands.
According to the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), international students are those who travel to a country different from their own for the purpose of tertiary study. Despite this, the definition of an international student varies in each country according to their national education system. The state with the highest number of international students per number of universities is Victoria, at 13,602. The state with the lowest is the Northern Territory at 1,820.
*International students that are enrolled with private providers have been added to this count, however, only the number of university institutions have been used to standardise the data.
Wealth distribution in Australia, as in all countries, is not equal. This FACT indicates the percentage of households with a gross weekly income less than $600 in each Australian city; a wage that is difficult to live on, given the relatively high cost of living in Australia. Data collected in the 2011 ABS Census reveals that the Australian median weekly household income is $1234, and the percentage of households with a gross weekly income less than $600 across Australia is 23.7 percent. The city with the highest percentage is Hobart with 27 percent, followed closely by Adelaide at 26.1 percent. The city with the lowest is tied between Canberra and Darwin at 12.9 percent.
This FACT looks at expenditure specifically targeting cultural heritage activities by State and Territory governments in support of the Arts in the year 2012-2013. This includes the acquisition, collection management, conservation, interpretation, communication and exhibition of heritage objects and artefacts. Figures are expressed in millions of dollars.