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Table 1 Sociodemographic characteristics of the sample (n = 856) compared to the population aged 15–24 years from the 2006 Census [15]

From: Sexual behaviour, sexually transmitted infections and attitudes to chlamydia testing among a unique national sample of young Australians: baseline data from a randomised controlled trial

  Sample at baseline 2007 Australian population
16 – 25 years 15 – 24 years in 2006
  Valid percent Percent
Sex = female 79.1 48.7
Born in Australia 88.4 84.1
Born overseas in English speaking country 6.7 5.3
Born overseas in non-English speaking country 5.1 10.1
Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander 3.2 3.4
Speak English at home 95.3 84.0
State of residence   
New South Wales 33.0 32.2
Victoria 25.7 24.9
Queensland 17.8 19.9
WA 9.2 10.2
SA 5.7 7.4
Tas 4.0 2.3
ACT 3.4 1.9
NT 1.2 1.1
Geographic location   
Major cities 71.5 68.4
Inner Regional 18.5 19.6
Outer Regional 9.1 9.1
Remote 0.7 1.4
Very remote 0.1 0.9
Occupation   
Fully engaged in education and/or employment 83.3 83.6*
Education Level (highest attained)   
Completed Year 12 or above 63.9 59.1*
Living situation   
At home with parents/guardian 57.8  
Away from home (private rental, campus based, with friends) 41.0  
Refuge or supported accommodation 0.7  
Not stated 0.5  
  1. *Taken from 2007 Education and Work Australia survey [16].