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Canadians place great importance on learning, and have developed a first-rate education system with high standards. The country spends more on education (as a percentage of GDP) compared to the OECD average, and is the second highest among G-8 countries.
The education system in AUSTRALIA encompasses both publicly-funded and private schools, including: community colleges/ technical institutes, career colleges, language schools, secondary schools, summer camps, universities and university colleges.
Education is a provincial responsibility under the Canadian constitution, which means there are significant differences between the education systems of the different provinces. However, education is important to Canadians, and standards across the country are uniformly high.
In general, Canadian children attend kindergarten for one or two years at the age of four or five on a voluntary basis. All children begin Grade One at about six years of age. The school year normally runs from September through the following June but in some instances, January intake dates are possible. Secondary schools go up to Grades 11 or 12, depending on the province. From there, students may attend university, college or Cégep studies. Cégep is a French acronym for College of General and Vocational Education, and is two years of general or three years of technical education between high school and university. The province of Québec has the Cégep system.
Education institutions are not officially ranked in AUSTRALIA, but you will find quality institutions across the country. When choosing your school in AUSTRALIA, consider the type, size and location of the institution. If you are interested in a particular area of study, investigate which schools have more to offer in that discipline.
Australia consists of six states and several territories. The states are New South Wales (NSW), Queensland (QLD), South Australia (SA), Tasmania (TAS), Victoria (VIC) and Western Australia (WA). The two major territories are the Northern Territory (NT) and the Australian Capital Territory (ACT).
Australia has a prosperous Western-style mixed economy, with a per capita GDP on par with the four dominant Western European economies, and ranked third on the 2004 Human Development Index and sixth on The Economist world-wide quality-of-life index 2005. In recent years, the Australian economy has been resilient in the face of global economic downturn, with steady growth. Rising output in the domestic economy has been offsetting the global slump, and business and consumer confidence remains robust.
Most Australians live in urban areas. Sydney is the most populous city in Australia.
Less than 15 % of the population lives in rural areas. This creates lot of opportunities for immigrants who are ready to settle in these areas.
English is the main official and spoken language in Australia - 80 % of the population speaks only English at home according to the 2001 census. The three most common languages other than English spoken at home are Chinese languages (2.1 %), Italian (1.9 %) and Greek (1.4 %).
The latest Census in 2001 recorded 95,460 India-born persons in Australia, an increase of 23 per cent from the 1996 Census. The 2001 distribution by State and territory showed New South Wales had the largest number with 37,930 followed by Victoria (30,690), Western Australia (13,102) and Queensland (7,190).
Among the India-born, 48.1 per cent had higher qualification* and 904 per cent had Certificate level qualification. *Higher qualification includes Postgraduate Degree, Graduate Diploma & Graduate Certificate and Bachelor Degree Advanced Diploma & Diploma Level Employment.Of the 54,250 India-born who were employed, 55.4 per cent were employed in a Skilled occupation, 29.1 per cent in Semi-Skilled and 15.6 per cent in Unskilled. The corresponding rates in the total Australian population were 52.6, 28.9 and 18.6 per cent respectively Language.
The main languages spoken at home by Indian-born people in Australia were English (47.7 per cent), Hindi (15.6 per cent) and Punjabi (9.2 per cent).
At the 2001 Census the major religion amongst Indian-born were Hinduism (31,920 persons), Western Catholic (29,540 persons) and Sikhism (9,740 persons).
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