CensusAtSchool 2012: Data Available Now

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16 July 2012
Embargo: 11.30 am (Canberra time)

CensusAtSchool 2012: Data Available Now
  • Did you know that to conserve the environment, 86% of Australian students turn the tap off while brushing their teeth?
  • Walking is the third most popular method of travelling to school by students Australia-wide, with Victoria having the highest percentage (18%)?
  • That trends in internet use amongst Australian students remain consistent from 2011 - girls mostly use the internet for social networking (45%), whilst boys mainly play games (50%).
  • That the most popular sport for girls in 2012 is netball (26%), unchanged since students were first asked about their favourite sport in CensusAtSchool 2008. Boys prefer soccer over AFL: 19% compared to 12%.

These interesting facts, sourced from a random sample taken from the 2012 CensusAtSchool questionnaire data, reveal rich information about Australian students in 2012.

Since 2006, approximately one in four schools and over 200,000 students have participated in this voluntary nation-wide questionnaire. This year, approximately 22,000 students from Years 5 to 12 participated nationally in the CensusAtSchool questionnaire.

CensusAtSchool is an annual project designed for education purposes only. Its aim is to spark students' interest in statistics.

This interactive questionnaire allows students to complete 30 questions by entering data on topics such as their height, what they had for breakfast and their opinions on environmental and social issues.

Through the Random Sampler, students have direct access to raw data samples which will provide them with the flexibility to raise their own questions and initiate student centred investigations.

You can obtain more interesting data from the 2012 questionnaire by visiting the Random Sampler page.

For more information please visit the CensusAtSchool web page https://www.abs.gov.au/censusatschool or contact the Education Services Unit on 1800 623 273

The CensusAtSchool 2013 Questionnaire will open on 4th of February 2013.