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The National Assessment Program—Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) tests are taken each year in May by all students across Australia in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9. All students in the same year level are assessed using the same test items in the assessment domains of reading, persuasive writing, language conventions (spelling, grammar and punctuation) and numeracy.
The governing body ACARA states that every year, more than one million students sit the NAPLAN tests nationally, providing students, parents, teachers, schools and school systems with important information about the literacy and numeracy achievements of students. Results also act as performance indicators that are nationally comparable and serve to inform and support improvements to teaching and learning practices.
This FACT indicates the average score that each state and territory achieved in 2017 for the level of Year 9. The score, by state or territory, is calculated by averaging the mean scale of each of the 5 'domain' areas of proficiency.
This FACT indicates the distance in kilometres from each cities centre to the closest coastal beach. Australia boasts having some of the best beaches on the planet, with huge stretches of coastline spanning nearly 37,000 km. It also has the most number of beaches of any nation: 11,011. Most of Australia’s cities and towns are situated on the coast and are within a few kilometres of the ocean. Around 12 million people, or 85% of Australia’s population, live within one hour’s drive of the coast. the cities and there respective closest beach are as follows: Adelaide - West Beach, Brisbane - Manly, Canberra - Bateman Bay, Darwin - Mindil Beach, Hobart - Short Beach, Melbourne - Beaconfield, Perth - City Beach, Sydney - Bondi Beach. (http://www.wikiaustralia.com/articles/australias-best-beaches/) The city with the shortest distance to the beach is Hobart with 2.3 km. The city with the longest distance is Canberra with 148 km.
Australia's moderate temperatures in the south and south-east, and its cool temperatures around the Tasman sea, make it an ideal climate for grape production, and consequently, the industry produces wines of an outstanding quality, and many which are internationally acclaimed. For this reason, and due to the beauty and scenic nature of the wine regions, many of Australia's wine regions are becoming well-recognised travel destinations for wine enthusiasts around the world.
This FACT indicates the grape for wine production (ha) in each Australian state and territory. This number is represented in thousands.
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. 2016 Census data shows that the city with the highest number is Darwin at 66 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 Melbourne, at 5 in 100,000 persons.
This FACT compares the State and Territory Government funding spent specifically on radio and television services for the year 2012-2013. This includes radio or television program production and broadcasting, national broadcasting services, commercial broadcasting services, community broadcasting services, subscription broadcasting services, subscription narrowcasting services and open narrowcasting services. Figures are expressed in millions of dollars.