Country Idealist Profiles

South Australia – Education

Posted in Australia, South Australia, South Australia Basics by belenu on July 25, 2008

South Australia has a world-class education system that includes four internationally recognised universities, TAFE colleges offering technical and vocational training, a wide range of specialised tertiary institutions and a highly regarded primary and secondary school sector.

The Department of Education and Children’s Services” (DECS) is responsible for ensuring the provision of children’s services and public education throughout. All children between the ages of 6 and 15 years must attend school. State schools provide free tuition.

Education is compulsory for all children until age 16, however, the majority of students stay on to complete their South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE). The South Australian Government provides, to schools on a per student basis, 89 percent of the total Government funding while the Commonwealth contributes 11 percent. 

The education area expands its interaction to the state government, peak stakeholder groups, industrial parties, the Commonwealth government and other national and international education services agencies. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_Australia

South Australia Universities

 

The University of South Australia has a Code of Practice: University Philanthropic Activity which provides guidance to University staff and potential donors and partners on the conduct of development activities within UniSA. It also assists understanding of the University of South Australia Foundation Committee and its role. http://www.unisa.edu.au/giving/

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South Australia – Legal system

Posted in Australia, South Australia, South Australia Basics by belenu on July 25, 2008

 

The District Court is the principal trial court in South Australia.

Its work is developed in four areas: Civil, Criminal, Administrative and Disciplinary, and Criminal Injuries.

The Court sits in Adelaide and conducts civil circuits regularly at Mount Gambier and at Berri, Port Pirie, Whyalla and Port Lincoln as required.

The Chief Judge is the principal judicial officer and is responsible for its administration. There are 19 judges who preside over all of the divisions of the Court, and three masters who conduct hearings in the Civil, Criminal Injuries and Administrative and Disciplinary Divisions

Further information in http://www.courts.sa.gov.au/courts/district/index.html

South Australia – Economy

Posted in Australia, South Australia, South Australia Basics by belenu on July 25, 2008
South Australia’s economy relies on exports more than any other state in Australia. The manufacturing industry plays a very important role in South Australia’s economy, generating 15% of the state’s Gross State Product (GSP) and playing a large part in exports. The manufacturing industry consists of automotive and component manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, defence technology and electronic systems.
South Australia receives the least amount of federal funding for its local road network than any other state on a per capita or per kilometre basis. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_Australia
  
Labour market situation (March 2008):  

Employment 

                    Full-time 533.4

                    Part-time 244.4

                    Total       777.8 

Unemployment rate 5.6%    

Participation rate 63%  

http://www.adelaide.edu.au/saces/economy/labour/ 

Poverty rate (2001):       11.1  (10.6% adults – 12.5% children)

http://www.aph.gov.au/library/pubs/RN/2004-05/05rn49.htm

South Australia – Government

Posted in Australia, South Australia, South Australia Basics by belenu on July 25, 2008

The govermetn system is a Constitutional Monarchy with the Queen of Australia as the head of state. Inmediately after this, the state counts with a Bicameral Parliament which consists of a House of Assembly (lower house) and a Legislative Council (upper house), with legislative elections held every four years. The current Premier of  is Mike Rann, a member of the Australian Labor Party.

  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_Australia#External_links

 Local Government

The term “Local Government” refers to the system in which 68 local Councils (municipalities) operate in South Australia. The Constitution Act 1934 (SA), the Local Government Act 1999 (SA), and the Local Government (Elections) Act 1999 (SA).

Is integral to the democratic system of government in Australia which provides vital economic, social and environmental support for communities. This is due to:

  • community standards and expectations growing along with economic growth (for example a higher number of vehicles per household leads to demand for safer local roads/traffic management and the emergence of Legionnaire’s Disease creates new environmental health inspection requirements);
  • reductions in the size of both Federal and State public services and greater legal requirements (eg building fire safety inspections now done by Councils and higher workplace safety standards affecting all employers);
  • and greater demand for local services (eg recycling or immunisation of school children against Meningococcal C).

See the following councils map: http://www.lga.sa.gov.au/site/page.cfm?u=209 

For further information check South Australia´s Government site http://www.sa.gov.au/site/page.cfm

South Australia – Demographics

Posted in Australia, South Australia, South Australia Basics by belenu on July 25, 2008

Population:    1.584.513 people      

The majority of whom reside in the state capital, Adelaide.

 
Population change 
  2005-2006 2006-2007 
Components of Population Change (persons)
Natural increase +5,845 +6,726
Net overseas migration +9,813 +13,146
Net interstate migration -2,591 -3,563
Total net population change +15,681 +16,309
Estimated Resident Population (end of year)
Persons 1,568,204 1,584,513

South Australians have the highest median age at death of all States and Territories.

South Australia map

Posted in Australia, South Australia, South Australia Basics by belenu on July 25, 2008

South Australia is a state of Australia in the southern central part of the country, with capital in Adelaide. Divided into the folllowing regions:

Adelaide Hills, Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, Eyre Peninsula, Fleurieu Peninsula, Flinders RangesKangaroo Island, Limestone Coast, Nullarbor Plain Riverland and Yorke Peninsula.

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