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GeoQ 05 – How diverse is the Australian community?


Please note: This task can be completed by hand or on a computer.
You can download this activity as a Word (.doc) file using the links at the bottom of the page.


Data:

Characteristics of the Australian Population.
% of Total Persons
2001
% of Total Persons
2006
% of Total Persons
2011(Estimated)
Persons with Australian citizenship88.286.1
Indigenous persons2.22.3
Persons born overseas21.922.2
Country of Birth
Australia72.670.9
England4.54.3
New Zealand1.92.0
China(excludes SAR’S and Taiwan Province)0.81.0
Italy1.21.0
Vietnam0.80.8
Language Spoken at Home
English only spoken at home80.878.5
Italian1.91.6
Greek1.41.3
Cantonese1.21.2
Arabic1.11.2
Mandarin0.71.1
Religious Affiliation
Catholic26.625.8
Anglican 20.718.7
No Religion15.518.7
Uniting Church6.75.7.
Presbyterian and Reformed3.43.0
Source: Census of Population and Housing, Census QuickStats, 2001 onwards

Task:

1. List 3 pieces of information that are similar to what you expected.

2. List 3 pieces of information that surprise you because they are different from what you expected.

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3. Compare your answers with at least 2 other people in the class. How were they similar and how were they different to yours?

4. Select information from the table provided and create 2 graphs to show:

    • Diversity in the Australian population
    • How one of the characteristics has changed between 2001 and 2006.
5. Study the changes between 2001 and 2006 for the data provided and make your own prediction of what the values will be in 2011. If the 2011 Census data has been released (July 2012), check to see how accurate your predictions have been by going to the Census webpage.

6. Complete a survey of your class for one of the following:

    • Country of birth
    • Language spoken at home

7. Convert the results of the survey into percentages. Create 2 graphs to show how the results of your survey compare to the data provided for Australia.

8. Using the statistics provided, write a paragraph to show the diversity of the Australian population.

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Extension:

9. Access Census QuickStats data for your local community (suburb, local government area). Compare the results from your local community with the values for Australia above.

10. Use CensusAtSchool data to compare a sample of Australian students with your class.


Download:
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