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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 21,617 responses to the 2012 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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2012 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

Your Lifestyle Analysis

Table 8: Favourite takeaway foods by state/territory (%)
Table 9: What students had for breakfast by state/territory (%)
Table 10: Method of travel to school by state (%)
Table 11: Favourite music by sex
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
30.7
Brown
39.3
39.1
Green
8.9
10.4
Grey
1.2
1.2
Hazel
14.2
15.5
Other
3.6
3.1


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
136.5
133.5
139.0
137.0
Year 5
142.9
141.9
145.0
144.0
Year 6
148.4
148.7
150.0
150.0
Year 7
155.1
155.5
157.0
157.0
Year 8
163.7
160.3
164.0
161.0
Year 9
170.2
162.7
170.0
164.0
Year 10
173.8
163.9
175.0
164.0
Year 11
176.3
165.9
178.0
166.0
Year 12
184.0
171.9
179.0
165.0
Other
167.8
163.6
171.0
163.0


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
82.6
83.8
84.0
84.0
Year 5
85.3
85.7
88.0
88.0
Year 6
90.0
92.5
91.0
92.0
Year 7
93.1
94.4
96.0
96.0
Year 8
98.3
97.6
100.0
100.0
Year 9
101.3
98.2
104.0
100.0
Year 10
105.3
99.6
107.0
100.0
Year 11
107.3
101.0
107.0
102.0
Year 12
106.2
104.5
108.0
100.0
Other
83.6
91.0
97.0
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
127.7
126.6
135.0
133.0
Year 5
133.9
134.4
141.0
140.0
Year 6
139.1
140.4
146.0
147.0
Year 7
147.8
146.9
153.0
154.0
Year 8
154.7
151.9
161.0
158.0
Year 9
162.2
155.0
170.0
161.0
Year 10
166.1
154.8
174.0
161.0
Year 11
168.5
156.4
176.0
163.0
Year 12
174.2
160.4
179.0
162.5
Other
153.8
130.5
168.0
155.5



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
23.5
22.1
22.0
21.0
Year 5
23.4
22.8
23.0
22.0
Year 6
24.3
23.5
24.0
23.0
Year 7
25.1
24.0
25.0
23.0
Year 8
26.0
24.0
25.0
24.0
Year 9
26.8
23.9
26.0
24.0
Year 10
26.9
24.1
27.0
24.0
Year 11
27.4
24.8
27.0
24.0
Year 12
27.3
24.6
27.0
24.0
Other
30.1
24.6
26.0
23.0



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
1.6
0.8
0.5
0.5
Year 5
0.7
1.3
0.4
0.5
Year 6
0.7
0.7
0.4
0.4
Year 7
0.5
0.5
0.4
0.4
Year 8
0.6
0.5
0.4
0.4
Year 9
0.7
0.5
0.4
0.4
Year 10
0.6
0.5
0.4
0.4
Year 11
0.4
0.5
0.4
0.4
Year 12
0.4
0.5
0.3
0.4
Other
14.0
1.2
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
0.9
1.0
0.5
0.5
Year 5
0.7
1.6
0.5
0.5
Year 6
0.7
0.6
0.4
0.5
Year 7
0.5
0.6
0.4
0.4
Year 8
0.5
0.5
0.4
0.4
Year 9
0.8
0.5
0.4
0.4
Year 10
0.6
0.5
0.4
0.4
Year 11
0.4
0.5
0.4
0.4
Year 12
2.1
0.7
0.4
0.4
Other
14.7
2.1
0.4
0.4

Your Lifestyle Analysis


Table 8: Favourite takeaway foods by state/territory (%)

Takeaway food
ACT
NSW
NT
Qld
SA
Tas
Vic
WA
Aust
None
3.8
1.9
3.8
1.9
1.5
2.6
1.6
1.5
1.8
Chicken (e.g. BBQ chicken)
9.1
9.2
10.8
7.0
9.1
8.6
7.8
7.3
8.1
Chips/Fries
9.5
14.9
8.5
13.1
15.5
19.4
17.5
15.3
15.3
Fish (e.g. Fish and Chips)
6.1
5.6
9.9
8.8
5.7
9.1
9.3
7.9
7.7
Fruit/Fruit salad
2.7
2.6
1.9
2.8
2.1
1.9
2.5
1.9
2.5
Hamburgers
9.1
9.4
11.3
10.2
12.5
8.8
8.5
15.1
10.3
Kebabs/Wraps
9.9
11.2
8.0
9.5
4.1
5.3
6.5
9.1
8.6
Noodle dishes
5.7
4.5
8.9
4.6
5.2
2.6
4.8
4.4
4.6
Pies/Pasties
3.0
3.2
2.8
3.4
3.0
2.1
2.2
2.9
2.9
Pizza/Pasta
22.1
20.7
16.0
20.2
24.9
22.2
23.2
20.5
21.5
Rice dishes (e.g. Sushi)
8.7
6.3
4.2
6.4
4.2
4.8
5.2
4.2
5.6
Rolls/Sandwiches
1.5
2.1
3.3
2.6
2.8
2.9
1.5
2.4
2.2
Salads
1.1
2.4
1.4
2.2
1.7
2.5
1.4
1.4
1.9
Other
7.6
6.0
9.4
7.2
7.7
7.1
8.0
5.9
7.0
Total
99.9
100.0
100.2
99.9
100.0
99.9
100.0
99.8
100.0





Table 9: What students had for breakfast by state/territory (%)

Breakfast foods
ACT
NSW
NT
Qld
SA
Tas
Vic
WA
Aust
Did not eat breakfast
8.0
14.3
22.1
13.1
16.4
19.2
12.0
14.0
13.9
Bread or bread product
28.9
28.3
26.3
27.9
27.8
24.6
27.8
25.3
27.5
Cereal
45.2
37.2
22.1
37.6
37.5
39.6
40.8
40.9
38.7
Breakfast bar
2.3
1.5
0.5
1.6
1.0
1.8
1.0
1.3
1.4
Baked beans/spaghetti
1.1
1.1
0.9
1.9
0.8
1.3
0.9
2.0
1.3
Eggs
10.3
6.1
7.5
7.5
4.0
4.1
5.3
6.4
6.1
Fruit/fruit juice
11.4
8.4
7.5
9.9
7.9
7.6
8.0
7.7
8.5
Noodles/rice
4.6
3.6
4.7
2.4
1.4
1.1
2.6
2.4
2.7
Meat or meat produce
3.4
3.0
6.1
4.3
2.3
1.8
2.3
2.3
3.0
Milk or milk product
18.3
14.8
12.2
13.5
12.6
11.2
12.7
11.0
13.2
Lollies/potato chips
2.7
0.6
1.9
0.9
0.4
1.6
0.8
1.0
0.9
Soft drink
4.2
0.7
2.3
1.1
0.7
1.6
0.7
0.9
0.9
Tea/coffee
6.8
6.6
8.9
7.9
7.1
8.2
5.2
6.6
6.7
Other foods
12.5
9.2
8.5
9.9
7.9
9.5
9.5
8.7
9.3
Columns may add to more than 100% because respondents were able to select more than one breakfast food from the list. Table 10: Method of travel to school by state (%)

Method of travel
ACT
NSW
NT
Qld
SA
Tas
Vic
WA
Aust
Bicycle
7.2
1.7
6.1
3.6
3.4
1.1
4.4
4.9
3.4
Boat/Ferry
1.5
0.5
4.2
0.3
0.2
1.4
0.2
0.5
0.5
Bus
22.4
30.1
27.2
20.4
19.3
45.2
18.9
24.7
24.5
Car
52.1
40.1
38.5
55.7
52.7
35.0
49.1
42.6
46.8
Skateboard/Scooter/Rollerblades
1.1
0.9
1.9
1.4
2.0
1.0
2.4
2.1
1.6
Train/Tram
0.0
9.1
0.0
3.1
0.4
0.1
4.7
2.0
4.5
Walk
15.2
17.1
21.6
15.0
20.6
16.0
19.9
22.7
18.2
Other
0.4
0.5
0.5
0.6
1.4
0.3
0.3
0.5
0.5
Total
99.9
100.0
100.0
100.1
100.0
100.1
99.9
100.0
100.0


Table 11: Favourite music by sex (%)

Favourite music
2012 males
2012 females
Alternative
3.2
5.0
Blues
0.8
0.4
Children's music
0.6
0.6
Classical
2.1
1.8
Country
2.6
3.3
Dance/Electronic
10.4
6.1
Hip Hop/Rap
23.4
15.3
Jazz
1.1
1.3
Metal
5.8
1.6
Pop
13.3
39.4
R&B/Soul
3.6
6.5
Rock
12.9
4.4
Other
15.0
12.6
None
5.3
1.9
Total
100.0
100.1

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

Year Level
Mean
Median
Year 4 or below
59.2
54.0
Year 5
53.6
51.0
Year 6
49.3
47.0
Year 7
46.1
44.0
Year 8
43.3
41.0
Year 9
44.2
42.0
Year 10
43.1
41.0
Year 11
43.0
41.0
Year 12
41.1
39.0
Other
54.5
45.0



Table 13a: Internet use of males (%)

Activity
Males Never
Males Rarely
Males Sometimes
Males Often
Males Total
Social networking sites (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, chatrooms)
27.2
14.6
21.7
36.4
99.9
Researching for school work
9.7
30.1
42.0
18.2
100.0
Emailing friends and family
31.3
37.3
22.1
9.3
100.0
Searching/browsing for information
10.5
28.0
40.6
20.9
100.0
Uploading/downloading (e.g. music, photos)
13.8
23.8
31.8
30.7
100.1
Playing games
7.4
19.1
27.8
45.7
100.0
Video sharing (e.g. YouTube)
13.6
19.1
29.4
37.9
100.0
Buying and/or selling things (e.g. eBay)
48.5
29.6
15.5
6.4
100.0


Table 13b: Internet use of females (%)

Activity
Females Never
Females Rarely
Females SometimesFemales Often
Females Total
Social networking sites (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, chatrooms)
22.1
10.5
18.4
49.0
100.0
Researching for school work
3.8
20.8
47.0
28.4
100.0
Emailing friends and family
18.0
35.8
30.7
15.6
100.1
Searching/browsing for information
7.8
28.5
43.9
19.8
100.0
Uploading/downloading (e.g. music, photos)
11.9
24.6
33.0
30.5
100.0
Playing games
21.7
35.5
25.6
17.2
100.0
Video sharing (e.g. YouTube)
18.6
23.0
29.6
28.8
100.0
Buying and/or selling things (e.g. eBay)
59.2
25.4
11.3
4.2
100.1



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
41.7
6.1
20.1
19.4
6.4
6.3
100.0
Year 5
35.2
8.3
22.6
17.3
7.7
8.8
99.9
Year 6
34.2
7.7
23.1
16.6
10.0
8.3
99.9
Year 7
31.7
9.5
26.5
15.2
7.7
9.4
100.0
Year 8
30.3
13.5
27.9
12.7
6.5
9.0
99.9
Year 9
28.7
20.9
24.9
10.5
5.3
9.6
99.9
Year 10
25.4
33.3
21.6
7.3
4.5
7.9
100.0
Year 11
25.6
38.7
18.3
5.8
4.5
7.1
100.0
Year 12
20.1
50.6
15.4
4.0
3.8
6.1
100.0
Other
28.3
39.6
13.2
3.8
5.7
9.4
100.0

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
My household has installed a water tank
27.0
37.2
19.7
58.5
59.0
36.3
44.5
28.3
43.7
My household has installed a water saving shower head
46.0
40.7
34.7
47.7
39.5
30.4
47.2
38.5
42.8
I take shorter showers
50.6
49.1
47.4
46.9
45.5
48.5
53.9
56.5
50.4
I turn off the tap while I brush my teeth
87.5
85.5
75.6
87.0
89.3
80.0
89.7
86.3
86.8
I turn off appliances (e.g. TV, computer, gaming consoles) at the power point
43.0
53.5
47.9
51.0
48.7
51.2
51.1
49.5
51.2
My household recycles our rubbish
83.3
84.1
67.6
78.5
84.3
77.9
84.4
75.0
81.3
Each figure shows the percentage of students who responded 'Yes' relative to the state/territory total.

Your Opinions Analysis

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

Issue
ACT
NSW
NT
Qld
SA
Tas
Vic
WA
Aus
Reducing pollution
755.0
722.0
568.0
632.5
634.0
563.0
687.0
716.0
681.0
Recycling our rubbish
769.0
701.0
604.0
598.0
622.0
545.0
671.0
657.0
657.0
Conserving water
783.0
722.0
568.0
657.0
687.0
554.0
722.0
769.0
701.0
Reducing energy usage (electricity, gas, oil, for heating, lighting, car travel)
657.0
651.0
557.0
580.0
568.0
527.0
616.0
622.0
610.0
Conserving old growth forests
635.0
551.0
503.5
539.0
521.0
515.0
539.0
551.0
539.0
Protecting coastal/marine environments
755.0
699.0
642.0
683.0
616.0
598.0
669.0
699.0
675.0
Having healthy eating habits
843.0
811.0
769.0
764.0
722.0
685.0
785.0
767.0
775.0
Reducing bullying in schools
916.0
965.0
793.0
844.0
846.0
823.0
917.0
833.0
882.0
Owning a computer
651.0
604.0
554.0
640.0
622.0
598.0
557.0
545.0
592.0
Access to the Internet
761.0
767.0
726.5
775.0
722.0
764.0
704.0
685.0
740.0
0 = Not Very Important and 1000 = Very Important





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