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These tables compare CensusAtSchool data from 2006, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013. Percentage totals may not equal 100 due to rounding. Some options have changed over time. All tables can be readily copied and pasted into an Excel worksheet. You can make more detailed comparisons by using the online Random Sampler.

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Comparing 2006, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 Time Series Summary Data

Your Details Analysis

Table 1: Participation in the CensusAtSchool questionnaire by sex (%)
Table 2: Birth months (%)
Table 3: Place of Birth (%)
Table 4: Participation in the CensusAtSchool questionnaire by state/territory (count and %)

Your Languages Analysis

Table 5: Number of spoken languages by sex (%)
Table 6: Spoken languages (%)

Your Lifestyle Analysis

Table 7: Favourite takeaway foods (%)
Table 8: What students had for breakfast (%)
Table 9: Hours of sleep on a school night by year level (mean and median)
Table 10: Method of travel to school (%)
Table 11: Time taken to travel to school (mins) (mean, median, mode)
Table 12: Access to the internet at home (%)
Table 13: Favourite sport by sex (%)
Table 14a: Favourite music by sex 2010 and 2011 (%)
Table 14b: Favourite music by sex 2012 and 2013 (%)
Table 15: Weekly activities (mean and median)
Table 16: Students who take actions in the home to conserve the environment (%)

Your Opinion Analysis

Table 17: Importance of environmental and social issues (median)

Your Details Analysis


Table 1: Participation in the CensusAtSchool questionnaire by sex (%)

Sex
2006
2008
2010
2011
2012
2013
Male
46.1
49.2
47.4
46.7
46.0
44.2
Female
53.9
50.8
52.6
53.3
54.0
55.8
Total
100.0
100.0
100.0
100.0
100.0
100.0

Table 2: Birth Months (%)

Month
2006
2008
2010
2011
2012
2013
January
8.5
8.8
8.1
8.8
8.3
8.6
February
7.9
7.8
8.1
8.0
7.9
8.1
March
8.6
8.6
9.0
8.8
8.6
9.1
April
8.2
8.4
8.6
8.0
8.1
8.3
May
8.4
8.4
8.3
8.5
8.7
8.2
June
8.1
8.1
8.5
8.2
8.2
7.7
July
8.5
8.2
8.5
8.0
8.2
8.4
August
8.5
8.6
8.1
8.7
8.3
8.4
September
8.6
8.6
8.4
8.7
8.7
8.5
October
8.7
8.6
8.6
8.6
8.8
8.5
November
7.8
7.9
7.9
8.0
8.1
8.4
December
8.1
8.1
7.9
7.8
8.2
7.7
Total
99.9
100.1
100.0
100.1
100.0
100.0

In 2006, 0.08% of students responded "Unsure" for their birth month. This option was not included after 2006.

Table 3: Place of Birth (%)

Place of Birth
2006
2008
2010
2011
2012
2013
ACT
1.5
1.4
2.0
2.7
1.2
1.9
NSW
24.0
27.8
24.0
22.5
24.9
21.0
NT
0.9
0.7
1.0
1.3
1.0
1.5
QLD
10.5
9.3
12.2
16.6
17.2
17.4
SA
9.9
13.5
9.9
9.6
7.0
7.2
Tas
6.3
6.3
5.7
5.2
4.4
4.8
Vic
24.2
19.5
22.8
19.6
21.1
23.9
WA
11.8
10.8
11.1
10.3
11.0
10.2
Other Australian Territories
0.2
0.2
0.3
0.3
0.2
0.3
Overseas
10.7
10.5
11.0
11.9
12.0
11.8
Total
100.0
100.0
100.0
100.0
100.0
100.0



Table 4: Participation in the CensusAtSchool questionnaire by state/territory (count and %)

State/Territory
2006 count
2008 count
2010 count
2011 count
2012 count
2013 count
2006 %
2008 %
2010 %
2011 %
2012 %
2013 %
ACT
4,027
638
509
865
263
473
3.6
1.4
2.3
3.4
1.2
2.0
NSW
28,494
13,514
5,742
5,923
5,755
5,310
25.4
30.6
25.7
23.4
26.6
22.4
NT
756
178
214
390
213
453
0.7
0.4
1.0
1.5
1.0
1.9
Qld
13,237
4,671
3,178
5,351
4,682
4,968
11.8
10.6
14.2
21.1
21.7
20.9
SA
11,901
6,745
2,453
2,739
1,625
1,836
10.6
15.3
11.0
10.8
7.5
7.7
Tas
8,049
3,249
1,506
1,543
1,147
1,380
7.2
7.4
6.8
6.1
5.3
5.8
Vic
30,306
9,534
5,787
5,392
5,106
6,356
27.0
21.6
25.9
21.3
23.6
26.8
WA
15,403
5,660
2,930
3,104
2,826
2,969
13.7
12.8
13.1
12.3
13.1
12.5
Total
112,173
44,189
22,319
25,307
21,617
23,745
100
100.1
100
99.9
100.0
100.0



Your Languages Analysis


Table 5: Number of spoken languages by sex (%)

Number of languages
2008
2010
2011
2012
2013
Males
Females
Males
Females
Males
Females
Males
Females
Males
Females
1
74.6
73.5
72.1
69.2
70.3
67.9
69.6
65.8
69.1
64.0
2
19.6
20.6
20.4
23.1
21.7
24.5
22.1
25.4
22.8
26.8
3
4.0
4.3
4.3
5.1
5.0
5.5
4.9
6.3
5.0
6.7
4
0.9
1.1
1.1
1.3
1.2
1.2
1.4
1.2
1.1
1.3
5
0.3
0.2
0.6
0.4
0.4
0.3
0.5
0.4
0.4
0.4
6
0.1
0.1
0.3
0.2
0.2
0.1
0.2
0.2
0.2
0.1
7
0.1
0.0
0.1
0.1
0.1
0.1
0.1
0.2
0.1
0.1
8
0.0
0.0
0.1
0.1
0.1
0.1
0.1
0.1
0.2
0.1
9
0.3
0.2
0.9
0.4
0.9
0.3
1.0
0.4
0.9
0.6
Total
99.9
100.0
99.9
99.9
99.9
100.0
99.9
100.0
100.0
100.0

2006 questionnaire did not include a question regarding the number of languages spoken.
Table 6: Spoken languages (%)

Language
2010
2011
2012
2013
English
89.1
89.2
87.0
87.3
Arabic
1.4
1.3
0.8
1.4
Assyrian (incl. Aramaic)
0.1
Australian Indigenous Languages
0.7
Cantonese
1.2
1.0
1.3
1.1
Croatian
0.3
0.3
0.2
0.2
Dutch
0.1
0.1
0.1
French
0.2
0.2
0.2
German
0.1
0.2
0.7
0.2
Greek
0.2
0.2
0.5
0.2
Hindi
0.4
0.4
0.5
0.4
Indonesian
0.2
0.2
0.2
Italian
0.1
0.2
0.3
0.2
Japanese
0.2
0.2
0.2
0.2
Korean
0.3
0.3
0.5
0.4
Macedonian
0.2
0.1
0.1
0.2
Maltese
0.0
0.0
0.0
Mandarin
0.8
0.8
1.2
1.3
Persian
0.2
Polish
0.1
0.1
Punjabi
0.3
Russian
0.2
0.2
Samoan
0.1
Serbian
0.2
0.2
0.1
Sinhalese
0.2
Spanish
0.2
0.2
0.3
Tagalog (Filipino)
0.4
0.4
0.5
Tamil
0.2
0.1
Turkish
0.1
0.1
0.1
Urdu
0.2
Vietnamese
0.8
1.0
1.2
Other
2.8
3.0
4.0
4.9
Total
99.8
100.0
99.9
100.0

Language options are based on top 25 languages according to ABS data.
Due to different collection methods, 2006 and 2008 data is not included in time series.


Your Lifestyle Analysis



Table 7: Favourite take-away foods (%)

Take-away foods
2010
2011
2012
2013
Chicken (e.g. BBQ chicken)
7.8
7.2
8.1
8.6
Chips/Fries
16.6
15.8
15.3
15.9
Fish (e.g. Fish and Chips)
7.5
7.9
7.7
7.3
Fruit/Fruit Salad
2.2
2.6
2.5
2.6
Hamburgers
11.4
10.6
10.3
10.1
Kebabs/Wraps
9.2
8.4
8.6
8.1
None
1.4
1.5
1.8
1.7
Noodle dishes
4.0
4.4
4.6
4.7
Pies/Pasties
3.1
2.7
2.9
2.6
Pizza/Pasta
22.0
22.7
21.5
21.1
Rice dishes (e.g. Sushi)
4.6
5.4
5.6
6.5
Rolls/Sandwiches
2.1
2.4
2.2
2.1
Salads
1.8
1.8
1.9
1.8
Other
6.4
6.7
7.0
6.8
Total
100.1
100.1
100.0
100.0

2006 and 2008 data is not included in time series due to change in collection methods.


Table 8: What students had for breakfast (%)

Breakfast foods
2008
2010
2011
2012
2013
Baked beans/spaghetti
1.8
1.3
1.4
1.3
1.3
Bread or bread product (eg. toast, pancakes, dried biscuits)
30.4
27.4
26.9
27.5
26.7
Breakfast bar/Snack bar or pack
1.6
1.2
1.2
1.4
1.3
Breakfast cereal
47.3
41.3
41.1
38.7
37.4
Did not eat breakfast
10.8
13.5
13.8
13.9
14.8
Eggs (eg. omelette, fried eggs, scrambled eggs)
6.0
4.8
5.7
6.1
6.2
Fruit/Fruit juice (eg. fruit salad, fruit smoothie)
11.3
8.6
8.2
8.5
8.5
Lollies/potato chips
1.2
1.0
0.8
0.9
0.9
Meat or meat product (eg. bacon, sausages, ham)
3.2
2.7
2.9
3.0
3.4
Milk or milk product (eg. Milo, yoghurt, cheese)
17.3
13.1
13.1
13.2
12.7
Noodles/rice
2.8
2.2
2.3
2.7
2.7
Soft drink
1.5
1.0
0.9
0.9
1.0
Tea/coffee
9.1
6.7
6.7
6.7
7.0
Other
9.5
8.5
8.9
9.3
9.7

Columns may add to more than 100% because respondents were able to select more than one breakfast food from the list.
2006 data is not included in time series due to change in collection methods.

Table 9: Hours of sleep on a school night by year level (mean and median)

Year level
2008 mean
2010 mean
2011 mean
2012 mean
2013 mean
2008 median
2010 median
2011 median
2012 median
2013 median
Year 4 or below
9.6
9.5
9.4
9.2
8.8
10.0
10.0
10.0
10.0
10.0
Year 5
9.5
9.5
9.4
9.2
8.8
10.0
10.0
10.0
10.0
10.0
Year 6
9.4
9.3
9.2
9.0
8.8
10.0
10.0
9.0
9.0
9.0
Year 7
9.0
8.9
8.9
8.7
8.5
9.0
9.0
9.0
9.0
9.0
Year 8
8.7
8.6
8.5
8.3
7.9
9.0
9.0
9.0
9.0
9.0
Year 9
8.4
8.3
8.3
8.0
7.8
8.0
8.0
8.0
8.0
8.0
Year 10
8.2
8.0
8.0
7.7
7.7
8.0
8.0
8.0
8.0
8.0
Year 11
7.9
7.9
7.7
7.6
7.5
8.0
8.0
8.0
8.0
8.0
Year 12
7.8
7.7
7.5
7.6
7.3
8.0
8.0
8.0
8.0
7.0
Other
7.9
7.5
7.6
7.4
7.4
8.0
8.0
8.0
7.0
8.0
Overall
8.9
8.7
8.6
8.4
8.1
9.0
9.0
9.0
9.0
9.0


Table 10: Method of travel to school (%)

Method of travel
2008
2010
2011
2012
2013
Bicycle
4.5
3.9
3.0
3.4
3.4
Boat/Ferry
0.3
0.5
0.5
0.5
0.5
Bus
26.4
25.0
27.3
24.5
25.4
Car
44.9
46.0
45.0
46.8
46.0
Skateboard/Scooter/Rollerblades
0.9
1.4
1.8
1.6
1.3
Train/Tram
3.2
3.0
3.1
4.5
4.8
Walk
19.5
19.7
18.8
18.2
18.2
Other
0.3
0.4
0.5
0.5
0.4
Total
100.0
100.0
100.0
100.0
100.0


2006 data is not included in time series due to change in collection methods.



Table 11: Time taken to travel to school (mins) (mean, median, mode)

Time taken
2008
2010
2011
2012
2013
Mean
18.3
20.0
20.3
18.6
19.3
Median
10.0
10.0
12.0
13.0
15.0
Mode
5.0
10.0
5.0
5.0
10.0


2006 data is not included in time series due to change in collection methods.



Table 12: Access to the Internet at home (%)

Access to the Internet
2006
2008
2010
2011
2012
2013
Broadband connection
53.2
72.8
78.4
78.2
76.4
72.1
Dial-up connection
29.6
12.2
5.9
4.5
3.4
3.0
I cannot access the Internet at home
13.8
8.8
6.4
12.1
4.5
5.0
Other (includes Internet access through mobile phones)
3.4
6.2
9.3
5.2
15.7
19.9
Total
100.0
100.0
100.0
100.0
100.0
100.0



Table 13: Favourite sport by sex (%)

Sport or Activity
2010 M
2010 F
2011 M
2011 F
2012 M
2012 F
2013 M
2013 F
Athletics
2.1
4.1
2.1
4.1
2.1
3.9
2.5
4.3
Baseball/Softball
1.5
1.3
1.7
1.3
1.8
1.0
1.8
1.0
Basketball
8.1
7.0
8.1
6.9
8.5
7.6
9.7
7.8
Cricket
6.2
0.7
5.6
0.6
4.8
0.7
4.7
0.5
Cycling
2.5
1.2
2.0
0.8
2.1
1.1
2.5
1.1
Dancing
0.6
14.8
1.0
15.3
1.1
14.9
0.9
14.7
Football (AFL)
18.0
1.4
15.6
1.1
15.7
1.1
15.1
1.5
Football (Rugby League)
8.9
1.2
9.4
1.1
8.1
0.9
8.1
0.9
Football (Rugby Union)
3.0
0.3
3.9
0.2
3.9
0.2
2.8
0.3
Football (Soccer)
17.6
8.0
17.3
7.0
17.5
6.6
16.8
6.6
Golf
1.8
0.3
1.4
0.3
1.4
0.4
1.2
0.3
Gymnastics
0.7
3.6
0.6
4.2
0.8
3.8
0.6
4.2
Hockey
2.3
3.3
2.5
3.0
2.5
3.3
2.4
3.3
Martial Arts
3.0
1.9
3.4
2.0
3.3
1.9
3.3
1.9
Netball
0.2
21.6
0.4
22.7
0.3
22.8
0.4
21.0
Skateboarding/Rollerblading
2.8
1.4
2.8
1.2
2.6
1.6
2.6
1.5
Swimming
3.2
9.3
4.2
9.4
3.9
9.9
3.8
9.1
Tennis
5.0
4.8
4.3
4.3
5.5
4.2
4.9
4.2
Other activities/sports
9.3
10.6
10.5
10.8
10.1
10.7
11.3
11.5
None
3.4
3.4
3.4
3.6
4.0
3.6
4.5
4.2
Total
100.2
100.2
100.2
99.9
100.0
100.0
100.0
99.9

M = Males; F = Females
2008 data is not included in time series due to change in collection methods.
2006 questionnaire did not include a question regarding students' favourite sport/activity.



Table 14a: Favourite music by sex 2010 and 2011 (%)

Favourite music
2010 males
2010 females
2011 males
2011 females
Classical
1.9
1.9
2.0
1.9
Country
2.5
4.0
2.7
3.7
Jazz
1.2
1.9
1.4
1.5
Metal (e.g. heavy metal)
9.7
2.7
7.4
2.0
Pop
12.2
39.5
13.8
43.7
Punk
1.7
1.9
1.6
1.4
Rap/Hip Hop
21.1
16.1
23.9
16.3
Reggae
1.0
0.9
1.1
0.8
Rhythm and Blues (R&B)
2.4
4.3
2.3
3.3
Rock
20.5
6.3
15.8
5.4
Techno/Electronic
13.4
6.0
14.8
5.3
Other
8.0
12.4
8.9
12.7
None
4.5
2.2
4.4
1.9
Total
100.1
100.1
100.1
99.9

2006 and 2008 data is not included in time series due to change in collection methods.



Table 14b: Favourite music by sex 2012 and 2013 (%)

Favourite music
2012 males
2012 females
2013 males
2013 females
Alternative
3.2
5.0
3.4
6.5
Blues
0.8
0.4
0.8
0.3
Children's music
0.6
0.6
0.8
0.6
Classical
2.1
1.8
2.0
1.6
Country
2.6
3.3
3.0
3.7
Dance/Electronic
10.4
6.1
10.9
6.1
Hip-Hop/Rap
23.4
15.3
23.6
14.3
Jazz
1.1
1.3
1.3
1.2
Metal
5.8
1.6
4.8
1.9
Pop
13.3
39.4
13.7
38.6
R&B/Soul
3.6
6.5
2.5
5.2
Rock
12.9
4.4
11.5
3.8
Other
15.0
12.6
15.5
14.3
None
5.3
1.9
6.3
1.9
Total
100.0
100.1
100.0
100.0

2006 and 2008 data is not included in time series due to change in collection methods.
From 2012 onwards the options for music question have changed.



Table 15: Weekly activities (mean and median)

Weekly activities
2008 mean
2010 mean
2011 mean
2012 mean
2013 mean
2008 median
2010 median
2011 median
2012 median
2013 median
Doing homework
5.5
5.3
5.5
5.9
6.2
3.0
3.0
3.0
4.0
4.0
Doing things with family
11.4
11.8
12.0
12.1
12.4
8.0
8.0
8.0
8.0
9.0
Doing volunteer community work
2.1
2.2
2.2
2.5
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
Hanging out with friends
15.6
15.2
15.0
15.1
14.7
10.0
10.0
10.0
10.0
10.0
Housework/Jobs at home
5.2
5.5
5.8
5.7
6.2
3.0
3.0
3.0
3.0
3.0
Paid work
4.0
4.0
4.1
4.1
4.4
1.0
1.0
1.0
1.0
1.0
Playing computer/video games
6.7
7.1
7.2
7.7
8.2
3.0
3.0
3.0
4.0
4.0
Playing sports/outdoor games or activities
9.6
9.7
9.7
9.7
9.7
6.0
6.0
6.0
6.0
6.0
Sending receiving SMS or computer instant messages
7.3
3.0
Talking on the phone
3.8
1.0
Using the computer/Internet
9.3
10.0
10.0
11.7
13.4
5.0
6.0
6.0
7.0
10.0
Watching TV
10.7
10.0
9.6
9.4
9.2
8.0
7.0
6.0
6.0
6.0

2006 data is not included in time series due to change in collection methods.

Table 16: Students who take actions in the home to conserve the environment (%)

Actions taken to conserve the
environment
2010
2011
2012
2013
I take shorter showers
55.7
54.2
50.4
49.7
I turn off appliances (e.g. TV, computer, gaming consoles) at the power point
45.9
50.1
51.2
51.0
I turn off the tap while I brush my teeth
87.4
87.7
86.8
86.7
My household has installed a water saving shower head
46.1
44.7
42.8
40.1
My household has installed a water tank
40.0
43.5
43.7
43.6
My household recycles our rubbish
81.0
81.0
81.3
79.3


Columns may add to more than 100% because respondents were able to select a Yes or No response for each action.
2006 and 2008 data is not included in time series due to change in collection methods.




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Table 17: Importance of environmental and social issues (median)

Issue
2008
2010
2011
2012
2013
Access to the Internet
657.0
719.0
728.0
740.0
704.0
Conserving old growth forests
568.0
539.0
545.0
539.0
509.0
Conserving water
793.0
769.0
734.0
701.0
622.0
Having healthy eating habits
781.0
752.0
775.0
775.0
719.0
Owning a computer
563.0
598.0
598.0
592.0
527.0
Protecting coastal/marine environments
687.0
681.0
681.0
675.0
610.5
Recycling our rubbish
639.0
657.0
663.0
657.0
598.0
Reducing bullying in schools
617.0
773.0
830.0
882.0
840.0
Reducing energy usage (electricity, gas, oil, for heating, lighting, car travel)
635.0
610.0
616.0
610.0
551.0
Reducing pollution
659.0
693.0
687.0
681.0
617.0

0 = Not Very Important and 1000 = Very Important


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