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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 3. 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 number of admissions for Indigenous Australians from waiting lists per 100,000 persons for elective surgery. The values given are from a select group of hospitals from each state and do not represent the total number of admissions from every hospital in each state. Hospital admissions for elective surgery in Australia have increased over the last few years by as much as 2% each year on average. The state/territory with the highest number of admissions is New South Wales, at 8,731. The state/territory with the lowest is the Australian Capital Territory, at 381.
This FACT indicates the number of people in each city 15 years and over who have a certificate level education per 100,000 persons. Technical and Further Education (TAFE) institutions are most often the place in which students complete their vocational education and training (VET). TAFE courses are often short with certificates, diplomas and advanced diplomas also being offered. Some TAFE institutions also offer High Education courses. Accredited qualifications that can be gained at TAFE include business management, community services, hospitality, beauty and fitness amongst other courses. The city with the highest proportion of people with a certificate level education is Darwin, at 17795 per 100,000 persons. Canberra has the least at 11271 per 100,000 persons.
Number of people, 15 years old and over, who are qualified in the field of Education per 100,000 persons
This FACT indicates the number of people, 15 years old and over, who are qualified in the field of Education per 100,000 persons. Australia has some of the best education facilities in the world, with many of our universities being found in the QS top 100 universities guide. In recent years there has been a surplus of teachers, however, in the field of mathematics and science there is a shortage.
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.