2006 Census QuickStats

All people - usual residents

Australia | State/Territory

Western Australia

Code 5 (STE)
People 1,959,088
Male 976,122
Female 982,966
Median age 36
Australian citizenship 1,634,903
People born overseas 531,746
Overseas visitors (excluded from people counts) 21,266
Families 511,917
All private dwellings (including unoccupied) 849,006
Average people per household 2.5
Median weekly household income $1,066
Median monthly mortgage repayment $1,213
Median weekly rent $170
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People — demographics
People Western Australia % Australia %
Total 1,959,088 -- 19,855,288 --
Male 976,122 49.8 9,799,252 49.4
Female 982,966 50.2 10,056,036 50.6
 
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 58,711 3.0 455,031 2.3

In the 2006 Census, 1,959,088 people were usually resident in Western Australia (State/Territory): of these 49.8% were male and 50.2% were female. Of the total population 3.0% were Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Age Western Australia % Australia %
People
0-4 years 124,812 6.4 1,260,405 6.3
5-14 years 271,622 13.9 2,676,807 13.5
15-24 years 276,012 14.1 2,704,276 13.6
25-54 years 837,776 42.8 8,376,751 42.2
55-64 years 213,308 10.9 2,192,675 11.0
65 years and over 235,556 12.0 2,644,374 13.3
 
Median age 36 -- 37 --

In the 2006 Census, 20.2% of people usually resident in Western Australia (State/Territory) were children aged 0-14 years, and 22.9% were people aged 55 years and over. The median age was 36 years.

Selected characteristics Western Australia % Australia %
Australian citizenship 1,634,903 83.5 17,095,569 86.1
People born overseas 531,746 27.1 4,416,037 22.2
Overseas visitors (excluded from people counts) 21,266 1.1 206,358 1.0

In the 2006 Census, 83.5% of people usually resident in Western Australia (State/Territory) were Australian citizens, 27.1% were born overseas and 1.1% people were overseas visitors.

Registered marital status Western Australia % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Married 774,028 49.5 7,900,684 49.6
Separated or divorced 181,771 11.6 1,801,979 11.3
Widowed 79,960 5.1 936,813 5.9
Never married 526,894 33.7 5,278,600 33.2

In the 2006 Census, 49.5% of people aged 15 years and over usually resident in Western Australia (State/Territory) were married, 11.6% were either separated or divorced, 5.1% were widowed and 33.7% were never married.

People — cultural & language diversity
Country of birth Western Australia % Australia %
Australia 1,279,224 65.3 14,072,944 70.9
 
Other top responses

Religious affiliation, top responses Western Australia % Australia %

Language, top responses (other than English) Western Australia % Australia %

People — employment
Employment Western Australia % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Worked full-time 593,673 61.0 5,827,432 60.7
Worked part-time 275,948 28.4 2,685,193 27.9
Away from work 40,002 4.1 337,991 3.5
Hours worked not stated 26,506 2.7 253,567 2.6
Unemployed 36,662 3.8 503,804 5.2
Not in the labour force 478,244 -- 5,271,116 --
Total labour force (includes employed and unemployed people) 972,791 -- 9,607,987 --
 
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During the week prior to the 2006 Census, 972,791 people aged 15 years and over in Western Australia (State/Territory) were in the labour force. Of these 61.0% worked full-time, 28.4% worked part-time, 4.1% were away from work, 2.7% were employed but did not state their hours worked and 3.8% were unemployed. 478,244 people were not in the labour force.

Occupation Western Australia % Australia %
Employed people aged 15 years and over

Industry of employment, top responses Western Australia % Australia %
Employed people aged 15 years and over

Median weekly incomes Western Australia % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Personal 500 -- 466 --
Family 1,246 -- 1,171 --
Household 1,066 -- 1,027 --

In the 2006 Census in Western Australia (State/Territory), the median weekly personal income for people aged 15 years and over who were usual residents was $500, the median family income was $1,246 and the median household income was $1,066.

Expand Families category,
includes family composition

Families — family composition
Family composition Western Australia % Australia %
Couple family without children 196,311 38.3 1,943,643 37.2
Couple family with children 230,740 45.1 2,362,582 45.3
One parent family 76,001 14.8 823,254 15.8
Other family 8,865 1.7 89,686 1.7
Total families 511,917 -- 5,219,165 --

In the 2006 Census, there were 511,917 families in Western Australia (State/Territory): of these 38.3% were couple families without children, 45.1% were couple families with children, 14.8% were one parent families and 1.7% were other families.

Expand Dwellings category,
includes dwelling structure | dwelling characteristics | household composition

Dwellings — dwelling structure

Dwellings include visitor only and other not-classifiable households unless otherwise stated

Dwelling type Western Australia % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings 757,989 -- 7,596,183 --
All private dwellings (including unoccupied) 849,006 -- 8,426,559 --

In the 2006 Census 757,989 occupied private dwellings were counted in Western Australia (State/Territory).

Dwelling structure Western Australia % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings
Separate house 599,069 79.0 5,685,387 74.8
Semi-detached, row or terrace house, townhouse etc 79,311 10.5 702,550 9.2
Flat, unit or apartment 61,246 8.1 1,076,315 14.2
Other dwelling 17,913 2.4 127,337 1.7
Dwelling type not stated 450 0.1 4,594 0.1

In the 2006 Census, of the occupied private dwellings in Western Australia (State/Territory), 79.0% were separate houses, 10.5% were semi-detached, row or terrace houses, townhouses etc, 8.1% were flats, units or apartments and 2.4% were other dwellings.

Tenure Western Australia % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings
Owned outright 228,547 30.2 2,478,264 32.6
Owned with a mortgage (includes being purchased under rent/buy scheme) 266,111 35.1 2,448,205 32.2
Rented (includes rent-free) 196,980 26.0 2,063,947 27.2
Other tenure type 7,725 1.0 65,715 0.9
Tenure type not stated 58,624 7.7 540,050 7.1

In the 2006 Census in Western Australia (State/Territory), 30.2% of occupied private dwellings were owned outright, 35.1% were owned with a mortgage and 26.0% were rented.

Landlord type Western Australia % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings being rented (including rent-free accommodation)
Real estate agent 79,976 40.6 1,043,198 50.5
State or Territory housing authority 28,900 14.7 306,697 14.9
Other landlord type 81,683 41.5 652,012 31.6
Landlord type not stated 6,421 3.3 62,037 3.0

In the 2006 Census in Western Australia (State/Territory), of the occupied private dwellings being rented, 40.6% were rented from a real estate agent, 14.7% were rented from a State or Territory housing authority and 41.5% were rented from other landlord type.

Dwellings — dwelling characteristics
Dwelling characteristics Western Australia % Australia %
Median weekly rent 170 -- 190 --
Median monthly mortgage repayment 1,213 -- 1,300 --
Average people per household 2.5 -- 2.6 --
Average number of people per bedroom 1.1 -- 1.1 --

In the 2006 Census in Western Australia (State/Territory), the median weekly rent was $170. The median monthly mortgage repayment was $1,213. The average people per household was 2.5 and the average number of people per bedroom was 1.1.

Dwellings — household composition
Household composition Western Australia % Australia %
Excludes visitor only and other not classifiable households
Family households 504,296 66.5 5,122,760 67.4
Single (or lone) person households 173,783 22.9 1,740,481 22.9
Group households 25,089 3.3 280,856 3.7

In the 2006 Census in Western Australia (State/Territory), 66.5% of occupied private dwellings were family households, 22.9% were single (or lone) person households and 3.3% were group households.

LATEST ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (AEST) 25/10/2007

The information contained in this QuickStat has been produced by the Australian Bureau of Statistics. It contains data from the 2006 Census of Population & Housing held on 9 August 2006. Some values may have been adjusted to avoid release of confidential data. These adjustments may have a significant impact on the calculated percentages in QuickStats. For more information refer to Introduced Random Error. For further enquiries contact the ABS National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070 | www.abs.gov.au/census

Census Data Quality.

The information contained in this QuickStat has been produced by the Australian Bureau of Statistics. It contains data from the 2006 Census of Population & Housing held on 9 August 2006. Some values may have been adjusted to avoid release of confidential data. These adjustments may have a significant impact on the calculated percentages in QuickStats. For more information refer to Introduced Random Error in the 2006 Census Dictionary. For further enquiries contact the ABS National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070 | www.abs.gov.au/census

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