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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 23,745 responses to the 2013 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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2013 National Summary Tables

Your Attributes Analysis

Table 1: Eye colour by sex (%)
Table 2: Height (cm) of males and females by year level (mean and median)
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
Table 8: Resting pulse rate (secs) of males and females by year level (mean and median)

Your Lifestyle Analysis

Table 9: Favourite takeaway foods by state/territory (%)
Table 10: What students had for breakfast by state/territory (%)
Table 11: Method of travel to school by state (%)
Table 12: Time for concentration task (sec) by year level (mean and median)
Table 13a: Internet use of males (%)
Table 13b: Internet use of females (%)
Table 14: Money received in previous week by year level (%)
Table 15: Percentage of students who take action to conserve the environment by state/territory

Your Opinion Analysis

Table 16: Level of importance of social and environmental issues by state/territory (median)



Your Attributes Analysis


Table 1: Eye colour by sex (%)

Eye Colour
Males
Females
Blue
32.7
29.3
Brown
39.0
41.1
Green
9.3
10.4
Grey
1.3
1.3
Hazel
14.2
14.5
Other
3.6
3.4


Table 2: 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
137.2
135.9
139.0
136.0
Year 5
142.1
142.1
145.0
145.0
Year 6
149.0
149.2
150.0
150.0
Year 7
156.3
155.5
157.0
157.0
Year 8
163.2
160.9
165.0
161.0
Year 9
169.2
162.2
171.0
163.0
Year 10
173.9
163.8
175.0
165.0
Year 11
178.1
164.1
178.0
165.0
Year 12
177.0
165.4
179.0
165.0
Other
177.7
163.3
175.0
165.5


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
78.4
78.6
83.0
83.0
Year 5
85.0
87.6
87.0
89.0
Year 6
89.2
90.2
91.0
92.0
Year 7
93.1
94.8
96.0
97.0
Year 8
98.3
96.9
100.0
99.0
Year 9
100.8
98.4
104.0
100.0
Year 10
104.0
99.4
106.0
100.0
Year 11
105.6
99.3
108.5
100.0
Year 12
105.9
100.9
108.0
100.0
Other
102.6
99.1
107.0
100.0


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
128.7
126.4
135.0
133.0
Year 5
132.5
134.2
141.0
141.0
Year 6
140.8
141.0
148.0
148.0
Year 7
146.3
146.8
153.0
154.0
Year 8
154.9
151.7
162.0
159.0
Year 9
159.6
153.4
170.0
161.0
Year 10
166.6
155.0
175.0
162.0
Year 11
171.1
153.0
178.0
162.0
Year 12
173.0
160.1
179.0
164.0
Other
169.5
152.9
176.0
164.0

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
22.9
22.4
22.0
21.0
Year 5
23.7
23.1
23.0
22.0
Year 6
24.6
23.3
24.0
23.0
Year 7
25.1
23.6
25.0
23.0
Year 8
26.2
24.0
26.0
24.0
Year 9
26.6
24.1
26.0
24.0
Year 10
26.8
24.3
27.0
24.0
Year 11
27.4
24.2
27.0
24.0
Year 12
27.9
24.6
27.0
24.0
Other
30.6
23.7
27.0
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
1.8
0.9
0.4
0.5
Year 5
0.7
1.0
0.4
0.5
Year 6
0.7
0.7
0.4
0.4
Year 7
0.9
0.5
0.4
0.4
Year 8
0.5
0.5
0.4
0.4
Year 9
1.0
0.5
0.4
0.4
Year 10
0.5
0.5
0.4
0.4
Year 11
0.6
0.4
0.4
0.4
Year 12
0.6
0.7
0.4
0.4
Other
0.9
0.4
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
0.7
1.4
0.5
0.5
Year 5
0.8
1.7
0.4
0.5
Year 6
0.6
0.7
0.4
0.5
Year 7
0.6
0.5
0.4
0.4
Year 8
0.6
0.5
0.4
0.4
Year 9
0.8
0.5
0.4
0.4
Year 10
0.5
0.5
0.4
0.4
Year 11
0.5
0.5
0.4
0.4
Year 12
0.7
0.5
0.4
0.4
Other
0.9
0.7
0.4
0.4


Table 8: Resting pulse rate (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
68.9
72.0
70.0
66.0
Year 5
69.0
66.2
67.0
65.0
Year 6
70.7
68.2
69.0
67.0
Year 7
72.1
69.4
69.0
70.0
Year 8
73.2
70.6
71.0
70.0
Year 9
73.9
72.3
70.0
71.0
Year 10
72.3
75.3
70.0
71.0
Year 11
71.4
74.0
70.0
73.0
Year 12
73.5
72.4
69.0
71.0
Other
66.4
64.1
65.0
66.5



Your Lifestyle Analysis


Table 9: Favourite take-away foods by state/territory (%)

Take-away foods
ACT
NSW
NT
Qld
SA
Tas
Vic
WA
Aust
Chicken (e.g. BBQ chicken)
9.3
8.9
12.8
9.4
8.2
7.0
8.1
8.3
8.6
Chips/Fries
15.0
15.1
14.1
14.8
17.6
16.3
17.2
15.6
15.9
Fish (e.g. Fish and Chips)
6.1
5.8
6.4
7.5
6.8
9.8
8.3
7.2
7.3
Fruit/Fruit salad
2.3
3.1
2.2
2.4
2.6
1.9
2.7
2.2
2.6
Hamburgers
8.0
9.1
11.5
10.2
11.5
9.3
8.5
14.7
10.1
Kebabs/Wraps
6.8
9.4
5.5
9.1
4.0
4.9
8.4
8.4
8.1
None
2.3
1.8
1.5
1.7
1.4
1.6
1.7
1.8
1.7
Noodle dishes
6.6
5.0
7.7
4.1
4.4
4.3
4.7
4.5
4.7
Pies/Pasties
2.3
2.5
3.5
3.2
2.5
3.3
2.3
2.5
2.6
Pizza/Pasta
21.8
21.5
13.5
20.0
23.9
22.2
22.5
18.2
21.1
Rice dishes (e.g. Sushi)
6.3
7.4
9.1
7.0
6.0
6.7
6.1
5.0
6.5
Rolls/Sandwiches
4.9
1.8
3.8
2.3
2.1
2.6
1.7
2.4
2.1
Salads
1.7
1.9
2.2
1.6
2.0
2.3
1.4
2.4
1.8
Other
6.6
6.8
6.2
6.5
7.1
7.8
6.6
7.0
6.8
Total
100.0
100.0
100.0
100.0
100.0
100.0
100.0
100.0
100.0




Table 10: What students had for breakfast by state/territory (%)

Breakfast foods
ACT
NSW
NT
Qld
SA
Tas
Vic
WA
Aust
Baked beans/spaghetti
1.7
0.8
2.0
1.5
0.9
1.1
1.0
2.1
1.3
Bread or bread product
23.5
27.5
21.0
27.5
24.2
25.7
27.9
24.5
26.7
Breakfast bar
2.3
1.3
1.8
1.3
0.9
1.2
1.3
1.2
1.3
Breakfast cereal
37.8
36.4
32.2
34.5
40.3
40.1
39.1
37.6
37.4
Did not eat breakfast
20.1
14.1
22.3
15.9
15.7
18.5
12.3
15.2
14.8
Eggs
4.2
6.4
7.9
7.3
5.2
4.5
5.6
6.4
6.2
Fruit/fruit juice
9.5
9.2
7.3
8.9
8.7
8.4
7.8
7.8
8.5
Lollies/potato chips
1.3
0.8
1.8
1.0
0.9
0.9
0.6
0.9
0.9
Meat or meat product
4.2
3.3
5.3
5.2
2.6
2.2
2.5
3.3
3.4
Milk or milk product
15.6
14.4
11.0
12.8
11.9
10.4
12.9
10.3
12.7
Noodles/rice
2.7
3.7
4.0
2.9
1.3
1.0
2.4
2.8
2.7
Soft drink
1.3
0.9
1.8
1.1
0.7
1.1
0.9
1.1
1.0
Tea/coffee
8.7
6.9
6.6
8.0
7.6
8.4
5.6
7.1
7.0
Other
8.9
10.1
7.1
9.6
9.7
8.7
9.1
11.0
9.7
Columns may add to more than 100% because respondents were able to select more than one breakfast food from the list.Table 11: Method of travel to school by state (%)

Method of travel
ACT
NSW
NT
Qld
SA
Tas
Vic
WA
Aust
Bicycle
6.1
2.0
4.2
2.9
3.2
1.5
3.9
5.9
3.4
Boat/Ferry
1.3
0.6
1.1
0.4
0.3
1.2
0.3
0.5
0.5
Bus
28.3
29.2
31.3
26.6
20.6
38.4
19.0
26.2
25.4
Car
46.1
38.1
44.6
49.7
53.9
42.2
50.5
41.1
46.0
Skateboard/Scooter/Rollerblades
0.8
1.3
1.8
0.8
1.4
0.4
1.3
2.7
1.3
Train/Tram
0.4
10.2
0.0
3.8
0.9
0.1
5.0
2.4
4.8
Walk
16.9
18.3
16.6
15.2
19.0
15.9
19.8
20.5
18.2
Other
0.0
0.3
0.4
0.5
0.7
0.3
0.2
0.6
0.4
Total
100.0
100.0
100.0
100.0
100.0
100.0
100.0
100.0
100.0



Table 12: Time for concentration task (sec) by year level (mean and median)

Year Level
Mean
Median
Year 4 or below
59.0
56.0
Year 5
56.8
53.0
Year 6
52.5
49.0
Year 7
47.0
44.0
Year 8
46.5
44.0
Year 9
45.1
43.0
Year 10
45.5
42.0
Year 11
45.4
42.0
Year 12
41.9
39.0
Other
48.3
45.0



Infographic icon Table 13a: Internet use of males (%)


Activity
Males Never
Males Rarely
Males Sometimes
Males Often
Males Total
Buying and/or selling things (e.g. eBay)
46.9
30.9
15.6
6.7
100.0
Emailing friends and family
31.6
37.6
21.3
9.5
100.0
Playing games
7.0
17.6
28.2
47.3
100.0
Researching for school work
10.9
28.8
42.8
17.4
100.0
Searching/browsing for information
10.0
26.7
41.6
21.7
100.0
Social networking sites (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, chatrooms)
23.9
15.4
23.1
37.6
100.0
Uploading/downloading (e.g. music, photos)
12.9
24.5
32.9
29.6
100.0
Video sharing (e.g. YouTube)
14.0
17.4
27.3
41.2
100.0


Infographic icon Table 13b: Internet use of females (%)


Activity
Females Never
Females Rarely
Females SometimesFemales Often
Females Total
Buying and/or selling things (e.g. eBay)
53.6
27.9
13.6
4.8
100.0
Emailing friends and family
20.5
38.3
27.5
13.6
100.0
Playing games
20.5
34.6
26.2
18.7
100.0
Researching for school work
4.0
21.1
47.9
27.0
100.0
Searching/browsing for information
7.5
28.8
43.3
20.4
100.0
Social networking sites (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, chatrooms)
18.1
10.4
19.3
52.3
100.0
Uploading/downloading (e.g. music, photos)
10.7
23.8
34.3
31.2
100.0
Video sharing (e.g. YouTube)
18.7
21.7
28.8
30.8
100.0


Table 14: 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
43.8
10.0
20.0
12.4
6.4
7.4
100.0
Year 5
37.2
7.2
20.1
16.8
9.3
9.3
100.0
Year 6
35.4
7.8
20.8
17.5
9.9
8.6
100.0
Year 7
33.0
8.1
26.3
15.9
7.6
9.1
100.0
Year 8
30.9
12.1
25.1
14.9
7.4
9.5
100.0
Year 9
30.1
17.9
24.8
11.6
6.2
9.4
100.0
Year 10
27.5
32.3
20.7
7.2
5.0
7.2
100.0
Year 11
21.9
46.3
18.4
5.3
2.8
5.2
100.0
Year 12
24.0
49.0
14.8
3.6
3.1
5.5
100.0
Other
9.5
63.5
4.8
6.3
3.2
12.7
100.0

Infographic icon Table 15: Percentage of students who take action to conserve the environment by state/territory


Actions taken to conserve the
environment
ACT
NSW
NT
Qld
SA
Tas
Vic
WA
Aust
I take shorter showers
47.8
49.9
50.3
45.2
46.0
49.9
52.2
53.7
49.7
I turn off appliances (e.g. TV, computer, gaming consoles) at the power point
41.4
52.4
52.1
50.9
51.3
49.4
51.8
48.6
51.0
I turn off the tap while I brush my teeth
87.7
87.0
85.7
85.1
89.6
82.2
88.2
85.8
86.7
My household has installed a water saving shower head
41.0
38.4
28.3
42.0
43.2
30.7
43.7
36.5
40.1
My household has installed a water tank
35.5
40.1
18.5
55.4
61.6
35.2
42.9
29.8
43.6
My household recycles our rubbish
84.8
82.9
60.5
72.9
86.8
81.5
81.9
74.6
79.3
Each figure shows the percentage of students who responded 'Yes' relative to the state/territory total.

Your Opinions Analysis

Infographic icon Table 16: Level of importance of social and environmental issues by state/territory (median)


Issue
ACT
NSW
NT
Qld
SA
Tas
Vic
WA
Aust
Access to the Internet
722.0
716.0
704.0
749.0
723.5
645.0
681.0
657.0
704.0
Conserving old growth forests
545.0
533.0
509.0
503.0
500.0
500.0
503.0
533.0
509.0
Conserving water
669.0
657.0
533.0
568.0
639.0
533.0
635.0
687.0
622.0
Having healthy eating habits
725.0
746.0
740.0
699.0
719.0
677.0
728.0
701.0
719.0
Owning a computer
554.0
539.0
551.0
551.0
545.0
503.0
515.0
503.0
527.0
Protecting coastal/marine environments
687.0
647.0
629.0
598.0
592.0
592.0
586.0
639.0
610.5
Recycling our rubbish
655.0
663.0
536.0
521.0
599.0
587.0
616.0
593.0
598.0
Reducing bullying in schools
851.0
888.0
834.0
805.0
834.0
791.0
856.0
804.0
840.0
Reducing energy usage (electricity, gas, oil, for heating, lighting, car travel)
592.0
616.0
533.0
521.0
551.0
509.0
551.0
539.0
551.0
Reducing pollution
675.0
687.0
616.0
563.0
611.0
586.0
610.0
641.0
617.0
0 = Not Very Important and 1000 = Very Important




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