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Average Year 9 student NAPLAN scores (Regional)

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.

Median monthly mortgage repayments

How under the pump are Australian home owners? With the rising costs of land and real estate, and the universal increase in the cost of living, mortgage repayments are a real concern, with policy makers continually looking for ways to address the upward trend. This FACT uses data from the 2016 ABS Census to show the median monthly mortgage repayments of home owners living in each Australian capital. This in turn highlights the disparity in financial burden experienced by home buyers throughout the country. The highest median monthly repayment is found in Darwin, with homeowners paying A$2200 per month. The lowest monthly repayments are in Hobart, at A$1,402 per month.

When coupled with other statistics, such as the average gross weekly income, or the percentage of households suffering mortgage stress, this topic becomes an interesting point of discussion.

Percentage of survivors of unprovoked shark attacks in each state (Regional)

Australia has a reputation for vicious shark attacks, and sharks are oft-cited natural preditors for visitors and locals alike. While Australia does have the second highest number of recorded shark attack cases from 1791-2018 (510 reported cases, after the United States, with a total of 1022 as of February 2013) (International Shark Attack File, January 2014), many of the attacks occur in deep waters and with surfboard riders, who wear wetsuits and therefore look similar to sharks' usual prey. An unprovoked attack is considered one which is initiated by the shark, and without human provocation.

This FACT indicates the percentage of persons who have escaped a shark attack (sustaining injuries) in each Australian state and territory, , from 1791 to 2018. It also appears in the Community and Safety Category and is ranked high to low (high is good).

Petroleum usage for manufacturing per 100,000 persons (PJ) (Regional)

This FACT indicates the petroleum usage for manufacturing per 100,000 persons (petajoules) in each Australian state and territory. The state with the highest usage is Victoria, at 1.583 GL per 100,000 persons. The state with the lowest usage is South Australia, at 0.128 GL per 100,000 persons.

*Data for the ACT could not be obtained.

XXX Adult entertainment & services per 100,000 persons

This FACT indicates the total number of adult entertainment/services as a proportion of 100,000 persons in each Australian city (as listed on Yellow Pages online, in 2018). This number was ascertained by taking our original numbers of adult entertainment/service in each city and dividing it by the population, then divided this number by 100,000 to determine the proportion per 100,000 people in each city. From this, we found that Darwin has the highest number at 6.58 per 100,000 persons. Hobart has the least at 1.35 per 100,000 persons.

In all Australian states and territories, soliciting as a prostitute in a public place is illegal, however laws punishing prostitutes working in brothels varies considerably, and are not always comprehensive.

In Queensland, Western Australia, and the Australian Capital Territory, operating or working in a “one-woman brothel” (as specified in each state/territory’s criminal Act) is not an offence. Additionally, Queensland and Western Australia prohibit house calls. In Tasmania, prostitution from a brothel is not an offence. In New South Wales and Queensland, it is not an offence unless premises are held out as available for other services, while in Victoria it is legal providing the premises has a town planning permit. In the Northern Territory and again in Western Australia, one ‘could be prosecuted for permitting premises to be used as a brothel’. It is illegal to receive money paid in a brothel in respect to prostitution in South Australia.

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