Australian in Education: Education in Australia is primarily the responsibility of states and territories. Each state or territory government provides the funding and regulates the public and private schools with its governing area, The federal government funds the universities, but these set their own curriculum. Generally, education in Australia follows the three-tier model which includes primary education (primary schools), followed by secondary education (secondary schools/high schools) and tertiary education (universities and/or TAFE Colleges).
The Programme for International Student Assessment for 2006 ranks the Australian education system as 6th on a worldwide scale for Reading, 8th for Science and 13th for Mathematics. The Education Index, published with the UN's Human Development Index in 2008, based on data from 2006, lists Australia as 0.993, amongst the highest in the world, tied for first with Denmark, Finland and New Zealand.
Australian in Science:Australian science fiction grew in 1960s and became a notable field around 1980s. Many Australian sf writers are writing for the international market.
David G. Hartwell noted that while there is perhaps "nothing essentially Australian about Australian science-fiction", many Australian science-fiction (and fantasy and horror) writers are in fact international English language writers, and their work is commonly published worldwide. This is further explainable by the fact that Australian inner market is small (with Australian population being around 21 million), and sales abroad are crucial to most Australian writers.
Australian in Sports: Sport in Australia is popular and widespread. Testament to this is the level of achievement in the Olympic Games and Commonwealth Games as well as other international sporting events in comparison to the population of the country, particularly in the areas of water sports and team sports. The climate and economy provide ideal conditions for Australians to participate and watch sports.
In 2000-01, total government funding for sport and recreation activities was $2,124.2 million (AU$). Of this, the Commonwealth Government contributed $19.89 million (9%), state and territory governments contributed $875.2 million (41%) and local governments provided $1,050.1 million (49%). The Australian Sports Commission (ASC) is the federal government body responsible for distributing funds and providing strategic guidance for sporting activity in Australia and operates the Australian Institute of Sport. Each state and territory in Australia also have agencies responsible for sport and recreation policy. Each state and territory also operation their own institutes and academies of sport.
Australian in Technology: The Australian Technology Network (ATN) is a network of five universities from each mainland state of Australia, with a heritage of working closely with industry. The ATN was originally founded in 1975 as the "Directors of Central Institutes of Technology (DOCIT)", and later revived in 1999 in its present form.
ATN universities offer applied courses to students who are ready to enter their chosen professions. They teach around 180,000 students, or almost 20% of Australia’s student population. All ATN member universities are featured in the Times Higher Education Supplement's "Top 200 Universities of the World" listing, and the network is considered to be the "technology-focused" equivalent of Australia's "Group of Eight" universities.
Developed Australia: The Australian Council For International Development (ACFID) is an independent national association of Australian non-government organisations (NGOs) working in the field of international aid and development.
ACFID was formerly known as ACFOA (The Australian Council For Overseas Aid). ACFID is based in Canberra, Australia.
The ACFID Code of Conduct is a voluntary, self-regulatory industry Code for international development organisations. Launched in 1998 by Governor General Sir William Deane, it represents a commitment by its signatories to high standards of integrity and accuontability.
The ACFID Code of Conduct defines the standards of best practice for international development organisations in the fields of organisational integrity, governance, communication with the public, finances and personnel and management practices.
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