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These tables indicate the trends, habits, attitudes and lifestyles of Australian students; however, they don't represent all Australian students, just those who voluntarily completed questionnaires. All tables can be readily copied and pasted into an Excel worksheet.

The information in the tables below was calculated using all the data from 25,307 responses to the 2011 CensusAtSchool questionnaire.
This data has not had any outliers eliminated and this has skewed the output in some instances. Also, the percentage totals may not equal 100 due to rounding.

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2011 National Summary Tables

Your Attributes Analysis

Table 1: Height (cm) of males and females by year level (mean and median)
Table 2: Eye colour by sex (%)
Table 3: Belly button height (cm) of males and females by year level (mean and median)
Table 4: Arm span (cm) of males and females by year level (mean and median)
Table 5: Length of Right Foot (cm) of males and females by year level (mean and median)
Table 6: Dominant Hand Reaction Time (secs) of males and females by year level (mean and median)
Table 7: Non-Dominant Hand Reaction Time (secs) of males and females by year level (mean and median

Your Lifestyle Analysis

Table 8: Method of travel to school by state (%)
Table 9: Time for concentration task (sec) by year level (mean and median)
Table 10a: Internet use of males (%)
Table 10b: Internet use of females (%)
Table 11: Money received in previous week by year level (%)
Table 12: Favourite takeaway foods by state/territory (%)
Table 13: What students had for breakfast by state/territory (%)

Your Opinion Analysis

Table 14: Level of importance of social and environmental issues by state/territory (median)
Table 15: Percentage of students who take action to conserve water by state/territory



Your Attributes Analysis

Table 1: Height (cm) of males and females by year level (mean and median)

Year level
Males mean
Females mean
Males median
Females median
Year 4 or below
142.5
144.2
137.0
137.0
Year 5
143.5
142.2
144.0
144.0
Year 6
148.0
148.3
150.0
150.0
Year 7
155.9
154.8
156.0
156.0
Year 8
164.4
159.5
164.0
160.0
Year 9
168.5
162.2
170.0
164.0
Year 10
173.1
163.7
175.0
165.0
Year 11
176.0
161.4
178.0
165.0
Year 12
184.3
176.4
179.0
167.
Other
226.6
170.7
170.0
162.0



Table 2: Eye colour by sex (%)

Eye Colour
Males
Females
Blue
15.3
16.7
Brown
17.8
20.5
Green
4.2
5.4
Grey
0.5
0.7
Hazel
7
8.4
Other
1.7
1.7

Table 3: Belly button height (cm) of males and females by year level (mean and median)

Year level
Males mean
Females mean
Males median
Females median
Year 4 or below
86.9
99.5
83.0
83.0
Year 5
88.6
89.5
87.0
88.0
Year 6
92.1
92.2
91.0
92.0
Year 7
94.0
96.6
96.0
96.0
Year 8
101.2
97.5
100.0
99.0
Year 9
102.0
100.2
104.0
100.0
Year 10
106.7
101.3
106.0
100.0
Year 11
107.6
99.0
108.0
106.0
Year 12
108.3
115.0
109.0
101.0
Other
137.1
126.8
102.0
98.0



Table 4: Arm span (cm) of males and females by year level (mean and median)

Year level
Males mean
Females mean
Males median
Females median
Year 4 or below
132.4
128.1
135.0
132.0
Year 5
136.3
135.3
142.0
140.0
Year 6
139.8
142.2
147.0
148.0
Year 7
148.0
147.5
153.0
153.0
Year 8
156.1
150.6
162.0
158.0
Year 9
161.7
153.2
169.0
161.0
Year 10
168.4
154.1
175.0
162.0
Year 11
170.4
150.3
177.0
161.0
Year 12
177.4
164.0
179.0
162.0
Other
199.2
137.6
171.0
157.0



Table 5: Length of Right Foot (cm) of males and females by year level (mean and median)

Year level
Males mean
Females mean
Males median
Females median
Year 4 or below
30.8
33.4
21.0
21.0
Year 5
26.5
25.1
23.0
22.0
Year 6
26.7
25.4
24.0
23.0
Year 7
26.9
26.1
25.0
23.0
Year 8
30.3
26.6
26.0
24.0
Year 9
30.2
26.6
26.0
24.0
Year 10
33.1
26.9
27.0
24.0
Year 11
29.8
25.5
26.5
24.0
Year 12
41.2
42.5
27.0
24.0
Other
43.3
30.4
28.0
24.0



Table 6: Dominant Hand Reaction Time (secs) of males and females by year level (mean and median)

Year level
Males mean
Females mean
Males median
Females median
Year 4 or below
0.9
1.6
0.4
0.5
Year 5
0.7
0.8
0.4
0.4
Year 6
0.6
0.6
0.4
0.4
Year 7
0.8
0.6
0.4
0.4
Year 8
0.7
0.4
0.3
0.4
Year 9
0.7
0.5
0.3
0.4
Year 10
1.4
0.5
0.3
0.4
Year 11
0.5
0.4
0.3
0.4
Year 12
0.4
0.5
0.3
0.4
Other
0.8
0.7
0.4
0.4



Table 7: Non-Dominant Hand Reaction Time (secs) of males and females by year level (mean and median)

Year level
Males mean
Females mean
Males median
Females median
Year 4 or below
1.0
1.6
0.5
0.5
Year 5
0.7
0.9
0.4
0.5
Year 6
0.7
0.7
0.4
0.4
Year 7
0.6
0.7
0.4
0.4
Year 8
0.7
0.5
0.4
0.4
Year 9
0.5
0.5
0.4
0.4
Year 10
1.3
0.5
0.4
0.4
Year 11
0.6
0.5
0.3
0.4
Year 12
0.5
0.4
0.3
0.4
Other
0.6
0.8
0.4
0.4

Your Lifestyle Analysis

Table 8: Method of travel to school by state (%)

Method of travel
ACT
NSW
NT
QLD
SA
Tas
Vic
WA
Bicycle
4.7
1.6
6.7
3.1
2.9
1.0
3.4
4.7
Boat/Ferry
1.2
0.6
1.5
0.3
0.3
0.6
0.3
0.5
Bus
24.6
31.0
34.9
25.1
19.2
52.7
25.8
21.2
Car
47.7
40.0
43.1
49.6
52.7
30.1
45.1
46.8
Skateboard/Scooter/Rollerblades
2.2
2.0
2.1
1.3
1.7
1.3
1.9
2.4
Train/Tram
0.5
3.5
0.3
3.6
1.3
0.1
4.0
3.8
Walk
18.2
20.7
10.3
16.5
21.4
13.8
19.0
20.2
Other
0.9
0.4
1.3
0.6
0.4
0.4
0.4
0.5
Total
100.0
99.8
100.2
100.1
99.9
100.0
99.9
100.1




Table 9: Time for concentration task (sec) by year level (mean and median)

Year Level
Mean
Median
Year 4 or below
56.2
52.0
Year 5
52.4
49.0
Year 6
48.3
45.0
Year 7
46.4
43.0
Year 8
44.7
42.0
Year 9
44.5
42.0
Year 10
42.7
40.0
Year 11
42.9
40.0
Year 12
41.0
37.0
Other
52.9
45.0



Table 10a: Internet use of males (%)

Activity
Males Never
Males Rarely
Males Sometimes
Males Often
Males Total
Social networking sites (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, chatrooms)
26.6
13.4
21.2
38.9
100.1
Researching for school work
10.8
30.1
42.7
16.4
100.0
Emailing friends and family
29.2
36.3
24.1
10.4
100.0
Searching/browsing for information
11.6
29.8
39.5
19.0
99.9
Uploading/downloading (e.g. music, photos)
16.0
23.5
31.7
28.8
100.0
Playing games
8.2
20.3
29.3
42.1
99.9
Video sharing (e.g. YouTube)
15.8
20.5
29.9
33.8
100.0
Buying and/or selling things (e.g. eBay)
51.3
28.0
14.1
6.6
100.0



Table 10b: Internet use of females (%)

Activity
Females Never
Females Rarely
Females SometimesFemales Often
Females Total
Social networking sites (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, chatrooms)
21.3
10.1
18.6
49.9
99.9
Researching for school work
4.4
21.2
48.0
26.3
99.9
Emailing friends and family
15.9
34.2
32.2
17.7
100.0
Searching/browsing for information
9.1
31.1
43.3
16.5
100.0
Uploading/downloading (e.g. music, photos)
14.6
24.6
31.3
29.5
100.0
Playing games
19.8
35.5
26.9
17.8
100.0
Video sharing (e.g. YouTube)
21.1
25.1
30.1
23.7
100.0
Buying and/or selling things (e.g. eBay)
65.5
21.8
9.4
3.3
100.0



Table 11: Money received in previous week by year level (%)

Year level
No
Yes - Paid work
Yes - Allowance or pocket money
Yes - Chores
Yes - Gift
Yes - Other
Total
Year 4 or below
39.0
12.2
18.5
15.1
8.3
6.8
99.9
Year 5
35.8
8.4
23.2
17.4
7.1
8.1
100.0
Year 6
33.6
8.8
23.2
17.0
8.2
9.1
99.9
year 7
31.3
9.4
26.4
15.3
8.0
9.6
100.0
Year 8
28.1
12.6
27.9
14.6
6.5
10.3
100.0
Year 9
28.7
18.4
25.7
11.2
5.8
10.1
99.9
Year 10
24.7
32.2
23.5
7.2
4.5
8.0
100.1
Year 11
25.7
39.8
20.4
4.6
2.9
6.6
100.0
Year 12
21.9
50.0
16.3
2.9
2.3
6.6
100.0
Other
18.3
18.3
21.7
10.0
5.0
26.7
100.0



Table 12: Favourite takeaway foods by state/territory (%)

Takeaway food
ACT
NSW
NT
QLD
SA
Tas
Vic
WA
None
2.2
1.5
2.1
1.6
1.3
0.8
1.6
1.5
Chicken (e.g. BBQ chicken)
8.2
7.7
6.4
6.9
8.0
7.2
6.6
6.7
Chips/Fries
13.8
15.1
16.7
13.6
16.0
17.9
18.0
16.6
Fish (e.g. Fish and Chips)
7.2
5.7
6.4
8.7
6.9
9.9
9.5
8.3
Fruit/Fruit salad
2.8
2.6
1.8
2.3
2.9
2.3
2.8
2.7
Hamburgers
7.6
10.9
12.1
10.6
12.4
8.9
8.5
13.6
Kebabs/Wraps
8.9
11.5
9.0
10.4
4.3
5.3
6.6
7.2
Noodle dishes
5.1
4.0
4.1
4.3
4.6
3.4
5.0
5.0
Pies/Pasties
3.2
2.7
2.1
3.4
3.2
2.7
2.0
2.1
Pizza/Pasta
24.3
23.1
22.1
21.6
23.7
24.1
22.7
21.5
Rice dishes (e.g. Sushi)
5.7
5.0
8.5
5.4
5.0
6.0
5.7
4.8
Rolls/Sandwiches
2.3
2.1
2.6
2.7
2.8
2.1
2.0
2.6
Salads
2.0
1.9
1.5
1.8
1.6
2.5
1.4
2.0
Other
6.8
6.2
4.9
6.7
7.2
7.1
7.6
5.5
Total
100.1
100.0
100.3
100.0
99.9
100.2
100.0
100.1



Table 13: What students had for breakfast by state/territory (%)

Breakfast foods
ACT
NSW
NT
QLD
SA
Tas
Vic
WA
Did not eat breakfast
13.8
13.1
22.1
14.0
15.5
17.8
12.7
12.1
Bread or bread product
25.4
27.4
22.3
26.8
25.2
26.2
26.2
27.0
Cereal
40.8
42.0
35.6
38.4
41.7
40.8
42.5
42.1
Breakfast bar
3.0
1.1
1.3
1.2
1.2
1.3
1.0
0.9
Baked beans/spaghetti
2.1
1.2
1.5
1.7
1.4
1.0
1.0
2.4
Eggs
6.8
5.7
4.1
6.4
5.0
4.5
4.8
7.5
Fruit/fruit juice
10.3
8.2
9.7
7.3
8.6
7.4
8.2
9.1
noodles/rice
3.6
2.6
2.3
3.2
1.5
1.2
2.2
1.5
Meat or meat produce
4.7
3.0
2.3
4.3
1.8
1.9
2.2
3.0
Milk or milk product
13.3
15.3
10.0
13.0
11.4
11.3
12.6
12.5
Lollies/potato chips
1.8
0.7
1.0
0.9
0.5
1.1
0.5
1.0
Soft drink
2.1
0.9
0.8
0.9
0.8
0.6
0.8
1.0
Tea/coffee
7.6
6.8
4.6
7.2
6.3
8.1
5.8
7.2
Other foods
10.5
8.3
6.4
9.9
8.3
8.4
9.1
8.8
Columns may add to more than 100% because respondents were able to select more than one breakfast food from the list.
Your Opinions Analysis

Table 14: Level of importance of social and environmental issues by state/territory (median)

Issue
ACT
NSW
NT
QLD
SA
Tas
Vic
WA
Reducing pollution
731
710.5
636.5
663
657
616
675
728
Recycling our rubbish
746
704
613
616
645
611
657
677
Conserving water
758
758
592
693
733.5
586
740
811
Reducing energy usage (electricity, gas, oil, for heating, lighting, car travel)
634
657
542
604
580
548
611
639
Conserving old growth forests
604
539
551
551
533
539
533
563
Protecting coastal/marine environments
722
699
642
695
639
610
657
704
Having healthy eating habits
758
811
663
775
746
746
769
785
Reducing bullying in schools
852
876
746
834
793
787
858
773
Owning a computer
653
616
681
651
622
557
568
545
Access to the Internet
789
752
799
764
758
657
693
671
0 = Not Very Important and 1000 = Very Important




Table 15: Percentage of students who take action to conserve water by state/territory

Actions taken to conserve water
ACT
NSW
NT
QLD
SA
Tas
Vic
WA
My household has installed a water tank
30.4
38.1
18.7
52.7
61.3
39.7
45.1
27.9
My household has installed a water saving shower head
45.4
42.7
34.1
50.2
42.4
33.2
49.0
40.2
I take shorter showers
52.6
52.6
47.7
53.9
49.7
49.8
57.2
60.4
I turn off the tap while I brush my teeth
88.8
86.0
83.3
88.1
89.4
79.8
90.3
88.2
I turn off appliances (e.g. TV, computer, gaming consoles) at the power point
44.4
51.1
51.5
52.6
50.2
48.1
47.9
49.9
My household recycles our rubbish
89.5
82.0
75.9
76.1
85.2
77.0
83.5
79.8
Each figure shows the percentage of students who responded 'Yes' relative to the state/territory total.


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