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FTE Student/teaching staff ratio: Government secondary schools (Regional)

This FACT investigates the Full Time Equivalent (FTE)of 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.

Number of people travelling to work by taxi per 100,000 persons

This FACT indicates how frequently taxis are used as a method of transport for travelling to work, per 100,000 people in each Australian capital city for the year 2016. The city with the highest number is Hobart with 340 per 100,000 people. The city with the lowest is Perth with 205 per 100,000 people.

Percentage of category 2 admissions from waiting lists for elective surgery (Regional)

This FACT indicates the percentage of category 2 admissions from waiting lists for elective surgery in each state and territory. In Australia, at the time of being placed on the hospital’s waiting list in each state, it is common for a clinical assessment to be made to determine the urgency of the patient’s required elective surgery. A category 2 admission is for patients who have a chance of their condition causing some pain, dysfunction or disability within 90 days, but are not likely to deteriorate. According to statistics collected from 2016 and 2017, the state/territory with the highest percentage of category 2 admissions from waiting lists is Victoria, at 45.8 percent. The state/territory with the lowest is Western Australia, at 31.3 percent.

Percentage of obese males (Regional)

This FACT indicates the percentage of males within each Australian state/territory who are obese. Obesity is a medical condition in which excess body fat has accumulated to the extent that it may have an adverse effect on health, leading to reduced life expectancy and/or increased health problems. People are considered as obese, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, when their body mass index (BMI – an individual's body mass divided by the square of his height) exceeds 30kg/m2 (BMI of 30.00). Obesity is a real problem in Australia, which is ranked as one of the fattest nations in the developed world. According to Monash University research, the obesity rate has risen over 50 percent in the past 20 years. The state/territory with the highest population of obese males is Tasmania at 35.2 percent. The state/territory with the least obese males is the Australian Capital Territory at 23.2 percent.

Percentage of people who decreased personal water usage

This FACT indicates the percentage of people who decreased their personal water use. This information was sourced from the State of Australian Cities 2010 report.

A country plagued by extreme weather conditions and often experiencing high temperatures and drought, Australia is conscious of its water consumption. The introduction of water restrictions in urban areas have generated a greater awareness of water conservation in the community. These figures show that high proportions of households in most capital cities decreased their personal use of water over the 12 months from 2007-2008. 

This reduction has been achieved by the adoption of voluntary measures by households to reduce water use and install water-saving devices such as water-efficient shower-heads and dual-flush toilets. By the end of 2007, more than 80 per cent of Australian households had installed a dual-flush toilet an increase of 107 per cent from 1994. 

The city with the largest decrease in use was Brisbane with 75 percent. The city with the least was Hobart with 34 percent. (data for Canberra and Darwin could not be obtained.)

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