2011 Census QuickStats

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Australia | Queensland | Statistical Area Level 2

Torres Strait Islands

Code 315011402 (SA2)
People 4,248
Male 2,180
Female 2,068
Median age 23
Families 909
Average children per family 2.3
All private dwellings 1,203
Average people per household 3.7
Median weekly household income $853
Median monthly mortgage repayments $0
Median weekly rent $60
Average motor vehicles per dwelling 0.4
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Expand People category,
includes demographics & education | cultural & language diversity | employment

People — demographics & education
People Torres Strait Islands % Queensland % Australia %
Total 4,248 -- 4,332,739 -- 21,507,717 --
Male 2,180 51.3 2,148,221 49.6 10,634,013 49.4
Female 2,068 48.7 2,184,518 50.4 10,873,704 50.6
 
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 3,856 90.7 155,825 3.6 548,369 2.5

In the 2011 Census, there were 4,248 people in Torres Strait Islands (Statistical Area Level 2) of these 51.3% were male and 48.7% were female. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people made up 90.7% of the population.

Age Torres Strait Islands % Queensland % Australia %
People
0-4 years 574 13.5 297,893 6.9 1,421,050 6.6
5-9 years 568 13.4 286,989 6.6 1,351,921 6.3
10-14 years 396 9.3 290,982 6.7 1,371,054 6.4
15-19 years 318 7.5 293,917 6.8 1,405,798 6.5
20-24 years 388 9.1 293,845 6.8 1,460,673 6.8
25-29 years 315 7.4 300,709 6.9 1,513,236 7.0
30-34 years 300 7.1 286,697 6.6 1,453,775 6.8
35-39 years 244 5.7 308,180 7.1 1,520,138 7.1
40-44 years 215 5.1 312,567 7.2 1,542,879 7.2
45-49 years 211 5.0 302,744 7.0 1,504,142 7.0
50-54 years 213 5.0 288,140 6.7 1,447,404 6.7
55-59 years 178 4.2 257,962 6.0 1,297,244 6.0
60-64 years 121 2.8 243,125 5.6 1,206,116 5.6
65-69 years 67 1.6 185,758 4.3 919,319 4.3
70-74 years 68 1.6 136,885 3.2 708,090 3.3
75-79 years 28 0.7 99,572 2.3 545,263 2.5
80-84 years 33 0.8 76,971 1.8 436,936 2.0
85 years and over 12 0.3 69,801 1.6 402,681 1.9
 
Median age 23 -- 36 -- 37 --

The median age of people in Torres Strait Islands (Statistical Area Level 2) was 23 years. Children aged 0 - 14 years made up 36.3% of the population and people aged 65 years and over made up 4.8% of the population.

Registered marital status Torres Strait Islands % Queensland % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Married 710 26.2 1,655,245 47.9 8,461,114 48.7
Separated 51 1.9 114,427 3.3 529,280 3.0
Divorced 56 2.1 314,681 9.1 1,460,899 8.4
Widowed 113 4.2 173,469 5.0 949,634 5.5
Never married 1,776 65.6 1,199,054 34.7 5,962,769 34.3

Of people in Torres Strait Islands (Statistical Area Level 2) aged 15 years and over, 26.2% were married and 4.0% were either divorced or separated.

Marital Status Charts
Median age by registered marital status Torres Strait Islands % Queensland % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Married 51 -- 50 -- 50 --
Separated 50 -- 48 -- 49 --
Divorced 53 -- 54 -- 54 --
Widowed 64 -- 77 -- 78 --
Never married 28 -- 25 -- 25 --

The median age of married people in Torres Strait Islands (Statistical Area Level 2) was 51 years and the median age of people never married was 28 years.

Social marital status Torres Strait Islands % Queensland % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Registered marriage 521 22.8 1,487,139 48.4 7,647,042 49.2
De facto marriage 609 26.7 342,988 11.2 1,476,369 9.5
Not married 1,154 50.5 1,239,440 40.4 6,413,399 41.3

In Torres Strait Islands (Statistical Area Level 2), of people aged 15 years and over, 22.8% of people were in a registered marriage and 26.7% were in a de facto marriage.

Median age by social marital status Torres Strait Islands % Queensland % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Registered marriage 49 -- 50 -- 50 --
De facto marriage 33 -- 34 -- 35 --
Not married 29 -- 33 -- 33 --

The median age of people in a registered marriage in Torres Strait Islands (Statistical Area Level 2) was 49 years and the median age of people in a de facto marriage was 33 years.

Education Torres Strait Islands % Queensland % Australia %
Pre-school 91 6.2 50,615 3.9 332,844 5.1
Primary - Government 746 51.1 258,616 20.2 1,181,787 18.2
Primary - Catholic 31 2.1 72,713 5.7 359,062 5.5
Primary - Other Non Government 3 0.2 48,450 3.8 214,359 3.3
Secondary - Government 115 7.9 154,133 12.0 774,074 11.9
Secondary - Catholic 49 3.4 51,966 4.1 307,142 4.7
Secondary - Other Non Government 12 0.8 52,454 4.1 254,828 3.9
Technical or further education institution 94 6.4 79,238 6.2 473,606 7.3
University or tertiary institution 25 1.7 173,433 13.5 932,524 14.3
Other 48 3.3 28,841 2.2 161,660 2.5
Not Stated 247 16.9 311,791 24.3 1,511,694 23.2
Total 1,461 -- 1,282,250 -- 6,503,580 --

In Torres Strait Islands (Statistical Area Level 2) 34.4% of people were attending an educational institution. Of these, 53.4% were in primary school, 12.1% in secondary school and 8.0% in a tertiary or technical institution.

Education Charts
People — cultural & language diversity
Ancestry, top responses Torres Strait Islands % Queensland % Australia %

Ancestry Charts
Country of birth Torres Strait Islands % Queensland % Australia %
Australia 4,176 98.3 3,192,114 73.7 15,017,847 69.8
 
Other top responses

Birthplace of parents, stated responses Torres Strait Islands % Queensland % Australia %
Both parents born overseas 289 7.1 1,057,879 26.3 6,876,586 34.3
Father only born overseas 131 3.2 282,588 7.0 1,407,270 7.0
Mother only born overseas 110 2.7 210,570 5.2 989,220 4.9
Both parents born in Australia 3,549 87.0 2,471,958 61.4 10,757,087 53.7

In Torres Strait Islands (Statistical Area Level 2), 87.0% of people had both parents born in Australia and 7.1% of people had both parents born overseas.

Religious affiliation, top responses Torres Strait Islands % Queensland % Australia %

Religious Affiliation Charts
Language, top responses (other than English) Torres Strait Islands % Queensland % Australia %

People — employment
Employment Torres Strait Islands % Queensland % Australia %
People who reported being in the labour force, aged 15 years and over
Worked full-time 688 42.0 1,302,955 60.0 6,367,554 59.7
Worked part-time 692 42.2 611,296 28.2 3,062,976 28.7
Away from work 135 8.2 125,025 5.8 627,797 5.9
Unemployed 125 7.6 131,798 6.1 600,133 5.6
Total in labour force 1,640 -- 2,171,074 -- 10,658,460 --
 
View the labour force fact sheet

There were 1,640 people who reported being in the labour force in the week before Census night in Torres Strait Islands (Statistical Area Level 2). Of these 42.0% were employed full time, 42.2% were employed part-time and 7.6% were unemployed.

Employment - hours worked Torres Strait Islands % Queensland % Australia %
Labour force, people aged 15 years and over
1-15 hours per week 91 6.0 211,872 10.4 1,087,799 10.8
16-24 hours per week 123 8.1 179,614 8.8 947,792 9.4
25-34 hours per week 477 31.5 219,806 10.8 1,027,380 10.2
35-39 hours per week 271 17.9 369,264 18.1 1,808,879 18.0
40 hours or more per week 419 27.7 933,696 45.8 4,558,678 45.3

Of employed people in Torres Strait Islands (Statistical Area Level 2), 6.0% worked 1 to 15 hours, 8.1% worked 16 to 24 hours and 27.7% worked 40 hours or more.

Median age by employment status Torres Strait Islands % Queensland % Australia %
Labour force, people aged 15 years and over
Employed full-time 39 -- 40 -- 40 --
Employed part-time 34 -- 39 -- 40 --

The median age of people employed full-time in Torres Strait Islands (Statistical Area Level 2) was 39 years and for people who were employed part-time was 34 years.

Occupation Torres Strait Islands % Queensland % Australia %
Employed people aged 15 years and over

Occupation Chart
Industry of employment, top responses Torres Strait Islands % Queensland % Australia %
Employed people aged 15 years and over

Median weekly incomes Torres Strait Islands % Queensland % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Personal 313 -- 587 -- 577 --
Family 785 -- 1,453 -- 1,481 --
Household 853 -- 1,235 -- 1,234 --
 
View the income fact sheet

The median weekly personal income for people aged 15 years and over in Torres Strait Islands (Statistical Area Level 2) was $313.

Travel to work, top responses Torres Strait Islands % Queensland % Australia %
Employed people aged 15 years and over

Unpaid work Torres Strait Islands % Queensland % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Did unpaid domestic work (last week) 1,899 70.3 2,474,102 71.6 12,149,347 70.0
Cared for child/children (last two weeks) 1,247 46.1 986,298 28.5 4,827,808 27.8
Provided unpaid assistance to a person with a disability (last two weeks) 426 15.7 353,373 10.2 1,896,957 10.9
Did voluntary work through an organisation or group (last 12 months) 762 28.2 645,543 18.7 3,090,874 17.8

In Torres Strait Islands (Statistical Area Level 2), of people aged 15 years and over, 70.3% did unpaid domestic work in the week before the Census. During the two weeks before the Census, 46.1% provided care for children and 15.7% assisted family members or others due to a disability, long term illness or problems related to old age. In the year before the Census, 28.2% of people did voluntary work through an organisation or a group.

Unpaid domestic work, number of hours Torres Strait Islands % Queensland % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Less than 5 hours per week 695 25.7 772,078 22.3 3,883,357 22.4
5 to 14 hours per week 653 24.2 915,272 26.5 4,444,640 25.6
15 to 29 hours per week 257 9.5 425,045 12.3 2,075,154 12.0
30 hours or more per week 292 10.8 361,710 10.5 1,746,196 10.1

Of people who did unpaid domestic work in the week before the Census in Torres Strait Islands (Statistical Area Level 2), 24.2% worked 5 to 14 hours, 9.5% worked 15 to 29 hours and 10.8% worked 30 hours or more.

Expand Families category,
includes family composition | weekly incomes | employment status of couple families

Families — family composition
Family composition Torres Strait Islands % Queensland % Australia %
Couple family without children 117 12.9 453,102 39.5 2,150,301 37.8
Couple family with children 447 49.1 491,200 42.8 2,534,399 44.6
One parent family 312 34.3 184,547 16.1 901,637 15.9
Other family 34 3.7 19,330 1.7 97,722 1.7

Of the families in Torres Strait Islands (Statistical Area Level 2), 49.1% were couple families with children, 12.9% were couple families without children and 34.3% were one parent families.

Family Charts
Single (or lone) parents Torres Strait Islands % Queensland % Australia %
Proportion of the total single (or lone) parent population
Male -- 19.5 -- 17.9 -- 17.6
Female -- 80.5 -- 82.1 -- 82.4

In Torres Strait Islands (Statistical Area Level 2) 19.5% of single parents were male and 80.5% were female.

Families — weekly incomes
Median family income, couple families with two incomes Torres Strait Islands % Queensland % Australia %
Families without children 1,149 -- 2,011 -- 2,081 --
Families with children 1,245 -- 2,256 -- 2,310 --
 
View the income fact sheet

In Torres Strait Islands (Statistical Area Level 2), for couple families with two incomes, the median income for those with children was $1,245 and those without children was $1,149.

Families — employment status of couple families
Employment status of couple families Torres Strait Islands % Queensland % Australia %
Labour force, parents or partners aged 15 years and over
Both employed, worked full-time 81 14.3 216,006 22.9 1,015,165 21.7
Both employed, worked part-time 58 10.2 34,300 3.6 174,795 3.7
One employed full-time, one part-time 98 17.3 197,353 20.9 1,001,907 21.4
One employed full-time, other not working 84 14.8 144,966 15.4 736,322 15.7
One employed part-time, other not working 100 17.6 47,188 5.0 251,191 5.4
Both not working 82 14.5 174,355 18.5 899,598 19.2
Other 49 8.6 58,603 6.2 291,196 6.2
Labour force status not stated 15 2.6 71,530 7.6 314,529 6.7

In Torres Strait Islands (Statistical Area Level 2), of couple families, 14.3% had both partners employed full-time, 10.2% had both employed part-time and 17.3% had one employed full-time and the other part-time.

Expand Dwellings category,
includes dwelling structure | household composition | mortgage & rent | number of motor vehicles

Dwellings — dwelling structure

Dwelling tables exclude visitor only and other non-classifiable households

Dwelling type Torres Strait Islands % Queensland % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings 944 81.1 1,547,303 89.7 7,760,320 89.3
Unoccupied private dwellings 220 18.9 177,911 10.3 934,470 10.7

In Torres Strait Islands (Statistical Area Level 2), 81.1% of private dwellings were occupied and 18.9% were unoccupied.

Dwelling structure Torres Strait Islands % Queensland % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings
Separate house 884 93.8 1,215,302 78.5 5,864,574 75.6
Semi-detached, row or terrace house, townhouse etc 0 0.0 129,429 8.4 765,980 9.9
Flat, unit or apartment 44 4.7 181,717 11.7 1,056,237 13.6
Other dwelling 14 1.5 19,575 1.3 66,666 0.9

Of occupied private dwellings in Torres Strait Islands (Statistical Area Level 2), 93.8% were separate houses, 0.0% were semi-detached, row or terrace houses, townhouses etc, 4.7% were flats, units or apartments and 1.5% were other dwellings.

Dwelling Structure Charts
Number of bedrooms Torres Strait Islands % Queensland % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings
None (includes bedsitters) 3 0.3 8,676 0.6 42,160 0.5
1 bedroom 30 3.2 64,983 4.2 363,129 4.7
2 bedrooms 127 13.5 260,607 16.8 1,481,577 19.1
3 bedrooms 296 31.4 651,208 42.1 3,379,930 43.6
4 or more bedrooms 463 49.2 532,756 34.4 2,350,132 30.3
Number of bedrooms not stated 23 2.4 29,075 1.9 143,394 1.8
 
Average number of bedrooms per dwelling 3.6 -- 3.2 -- 3.1 --
Average number of people per household 3.7 -- 2.6 -- 2.6 --

In Torres Strait Islands (Statistical Area Level 2), of occupied private dwellings 3.2% had 1 bedroom, 13.5% had 2 bedrooms and 31.4% had 3 bedrooms. The average number of bedrooms per occupied private dwelling was 3.6. The average household size was 3.7 people.

Bedroom Charts
Tenure Torres Strait Islands % Queensland % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings
Owned outright 50 5.3 448,615 29.0 2,488,149 32.1
Owned with a mortgage 0 0.0 533,870 34.5 2,709,433 34.9
Rented 856 90.8 513,413 33.2 2,297,458 29.6
Other tenure type 9 1.0 14,306 0.9 70,069 0.9
Tenure type not stated 28 3.0 37,100 2.4 195,213 2.5

Of occupied private dwellings in Torres Strait Islands (Statistical Area Level 2), 5.3% were owned outright, 0.0% were owned with a mortgage and 90.8% were rented.

Dwellings — household composition
Household composition Torres Strait Islands % Queensland % Australia %
Family households 748 79.5 1,120,828 72.4 5,550,614 71.5
Single (or lone) person households 183 19.4 353,509 22.8 1,888,698 24.3
Group households 10 1.1 72,967 4.7 321,007 4.1

In Torres Strait Islands (Statistical Area Level 2), of all households, 79.5% were family households, 19.4% were single person households and 1.1% were group households.

Household income Torres Strait Islands % Queensland % Australia %
Less than $600 gross weekly income -- 30.0 -- 22.8 -- 23.7
More than $3,000 gross weekly income -- 1.9 -- 10.2 -- 11.2
 
View the income fact sheet

In Torres Strait Islands (Statistical Area Level 2), 30.0% of households had a weekly household income of less than $600 and 1.9% of households had a weekly income of more than $3,000.

Dwellings — mortgage & rent

Proportions are calculated using all tenure types for occupied private dwellings. This excludes visitor only and other non-classifiable households.

Rent weekly payments Torres Strait Islands % Queensland % Australia %
Median rent 60 -- 300 -- 285 --
 
Households where rent payments are less than 30% of household income -- 95.4 -- 88.1 -- 89.6
Households where rent payments are 30%, or greater, of household income -- 4.6 -- 11.9 -- 10.4
 
View the income fact sheet

Proportions in this table are calculated by taking the number of households whose rent payments were 30% or more of an imputed income measure and expressing this number as a proportion of the total number of households in an area, including those households which are not renting their dwelling (excluding the small proportion of visitor only and other non-classifiable households). The nature of the income imputation means that the reported proportion may significantly overstate the true proportion. Further information on the method to impute income is available in the income fact sheet.

Mortgage monthly repayments Torres Strait Islands % Queensland % Australia %
Median mortgage repayments 0 -- 1,850 -- 1,800 --
 
Households where mortgage payments are less than 30% of household income -- 100.0 -- 90.3 -- 90.1
Households where mortgage payments are 30%, or greater, of household income -- 0.0 -- 9.7 -- 9.9
 
View the income fact sheet

Proportions in this table are calculated by taking the number of households who own their dwelling, and whose mortgage payments were 30% or more of an imputed income measure and expressing this number as a proportion of the total number of households in an area, including those households which were renting their dwelling (excluding the small proportion of visitor only and other non-classifiable households). The nature of the income imputation means that the reported proportion may significantly overstate the true proportion. Further information on the method to impute income is available in the income fact sheet.

Dwellings — number of motor vehicles
Number of registered motor vehicles Torres Strait Islands % Queensland % Australia %
None 614 65.1 110,842 7.2 665,852 8.6
1 motor vehicle 231 24.5 547,575 35.4 2,778,576 35.8
2 motor vehicles 61 6.5 575,735 37.2 2,802,468 36.1
3 or more vehicles 5 0.5 267,081 17.3 1,279,134 16.5
Number of motor vehicles not stated 32 3.4 46,071 3.0 234,292 3.0

In Torres Strait Islands (Statistical Area Level 2), 24.5% of occupied private dwellings had one registered motor vehicle garaged or parked at their address, 6.5% had two registered motor vehicles and 0.5% had three or more registered motor vehicles.

Expand Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people category,
includes selected people & dwelling characteristics

People characteristics - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
People characteristics Torres Strait Islands % Queensland % Australia %
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander 3,856 -- 155,825 -- 548,368 --
 
Male 1,957 50.8 76,744 49.3 270,331 49.3
Female 1,899 49.2 79,081 50.7 278,037 50.7
 
Median age 21 -- 20 -- 21 --

For the 2011 Census in Torres Strait Islands (Statistical Area Level 2), there were 3,856 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Of these, 1,957 (or 50.8%) were male and 1,899 (or 49.2%) were female. The median age was 21 years.

Dwelling characteristics - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander households

Dwelling tables exclude visitor only and other non-classifiable households

Dwelling characteristics Torres Strait Islands % Queensland % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings where at least one person was Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
Average number of people per household 3.8 -- 3.4 -- 3.3 --
Average number of people per bedroom 1.4 -- 1.3 -- 1.2 --
Median household income 832 -- 1,066 -- 991 --
 
Average number of people per bedroom includes a miscalculation. For more information see the persons per bedroom correction page.

In Torres Strait Islands (Statistical Area Level 2), for dwellings occupied by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, the average household size was 3.8, with 1.4 persons per bedroom. The median household income was $832.

Mortgage and rent Torres Strait Islands % Queensland % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings where at least one person was Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
Median weekly rent 65 -- 220 -- 195 --
Median monthly mortgage repayments 0 -- 1,733 -- 1,647 --

In Torres Strait Islands (Statistical Area Level 2), for dwellings occupied by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, the median weekly rent was $65 and the median monthly mortgage repayment was $0.

LATEST ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (AEST) 28/03/2013

Some values may have been adjusted to avoid release of confidential data. This may have a significant impact on the calculated percentages.

The information contained in this QuickStat has been produced by the Australian Bureau of Statistics | It contains data from the 2011 Census of Population & Housing held on 9 August 2011 | Release date of this QuickStat was 28 March 2013 | 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 2011 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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