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This FACT indicates the average sea temperatures during one year in Australian cities. This indicator is an important one for many Australians and tourists, given the country's thousands of kilometres of coastline and beach culture. The city with the highest average sea temperature throughout the year is Brisbane with 23.58; unsurprising given its tropical climate. The city with the highest average sea temperature throughout the year (2011) is Brisbane with 24; unsurprising given its tropical climate. The city with the lowest is Melbourne with 15degrees. Data for Darwin and Hobart data could not be obtained. Data for Canberra is not applicable, given it is situated over 100 kilometres inland.
Climate change and global warming are hot on the agenda of Australian politics. Individuals and businesses alike are becoming more attuned to the effects and costs of pollution and carbon emissions. This FACT indicates the amount in tonnes of greenhouse gas (carbon dioxide) emissions by solid fuels per 100,000 persons in each Australian state, as of 2011.
*Data for the ACT, Tasmania and the Northern Territory could not be obtained.
This FACT indicates the median age of each Australian capital city. Australia is currently going through a transition stage, meaning the population on the whole is ageing. This is partly explained by the fact that the baby boomers of the mid 20th century are now growing older, leaving behind a smaller proportion of a younger population due to families having fewer children. Migration also has an impact, since most immigrants who are naturalised are adults, or approaching adulthood. The city with the highest median age is tied between Adelaide and Hobart, at 39. Australia's youngest capital city is Darwin, with a median at 33 years old.
This FACT reports on the total Arts expenditure by State and Territory Governments. This combines support for art galleries, drama, dance, museums, musical performance and dance (to name a few) for the year 2012-2013. This is recorded in millions of dollars.
The National Assessment Program—Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) tests are conducted in May for all students across Australia in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9. Each year, over one million students nationally sit the NAPLAN tests. All students in the same year level are assessed on the same test items in the assessment domains of reading, writing, language conventions (spelling, grammar and punctuation) and numeracy. NAPLAN data provide parents, schools, governments and the non-government school sectors with important information about whether young Australians are reaching educational goals.
This FACT indicates year 7 performance in persuasive writting at the end of the school year. It should be noted that for several states and territories, year 7 represents the end of primary school education. It should be noted that Darwin data is based on regional numbers, and therefore may reflect a lower rate than the capital city.