2016 Census QuickStats

Australia State/Territory

Tasmania

Code 6 (STE) Search for a Community Profile
People 509,965
Male 48.9%
Female 51.1%
Median age 42
Families 134,343
Average children per family
for families with children 1.8
for all families 0.7
All private dwellings 241,744
Average people per household 2.3
Median weekly household income $1,100
Median monthly mortgage repayments $1,300
Median weekly rent $230
Average motor vehicles per dwelling 1.8

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Expand People category,
includes demographics & education cultural & language diversity employment

People — demographics & education

People tables are based on a person's place of usual residence on Census night

People
Persons count based on place of usual residence on Census night
Tasmania % 2011 % Australia %
Male 249,478 48.9 242,675 49.0 11,546,638 49.3
Female 260,482 51.1 252,677 51.0 11,855,248 50.7
Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people 23,572 4.6 19,625 4.0 649,171 2.8

In the 2016 Census, there were 509,965 people in Tasmania. Of these 48.9% were male and 51.1% were female. Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people made up 4.6% of the population.

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Age Tasmania % 2011 % Australia %
Median age 42 -- 40 -- 38 --
0-4 years 28,469 5.6 31,184 6.3 1,464,779 6.3
5-9 years 31,514 6.2 30,231 6.1 1,502,646 6.4
10-14 years 30,219 5.9 32,454 6.6 1,397,183 6.0
15-19 years 31,078 6.1 32,687 6.6 1,421,595 6.1
20-24 years 29,865 5.9 29,578 6.0 1,566,793 6.7
25-29 years 28,703 5.6 28,073 5.7 1,664,602 7.1
30-34 years 29,328 5.8 27,210 5.5 1,703,847 7.3
35-39 years 28,333 5.6 30,908 6.2 1,561,679 6.7
40-44 years 31,495 6.2 33,943 6.9 1,583,257 6.8
45-49 years 34,512 6.8 35,030 7.1 1,581,455 6.8
50-54 years 35,538 7.0 36,528 7.4 1,523,551 6.5
55-59 years 37,378 7.3 34,089 6.9 1,454,332 6.2
60-64 years 34,778 6.8 32,732 6.6 1,299,397 5.6
65-69 years 32,945 6.5 25,312 5.1 1,188,999 5.1
70-74 years 24,434 4.8 19,448 3.9 887,716 3.8
75-79 years 17,613 3.5 14,523 2.9 652,657 2.8
80-84 years 11,994 2.4 11,174 2.3 460,549 2.0
85 years and over 11,767 2.3 10,247 2.1 486,842 2.1

The median age of people in Tasmania was 42 years. Children aged 0 - 14 years made up 17.7% of the population and people aged 65 years and over made up 19.4% of the population.

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Registered marital status
People aged 15 years and over
Tasmania % 2011 % Australia %
Married 193,360 46.1 190,899 47.5 9,148,218 48.1
Separated 14,675 3.5 13,087 3.3 608,059 3.2
Divorced 43,274 10.3 39,593 9.9 1,626,890 8.5
Widowed 26,962 6.4 26,246 6.5 985,204 5.2
Never married 141,488 33.7 131,656 32.8 6,668,910 35.0

Of people in Tasmania aged 15 years and over, 46.1% were married and 13.8% were either divorced or separated.

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Social marital status
People aged 15 years and over
Tasmania % 2011 % Australia %
Registered marriage 167,398 45.8 172,039 48.0 8,001,141 47.7
De facto marriage 45,527 12.5 41,694 11.6 1,751,731 10.4
Not married 152,391 41.7 144,722 40.4 7,024,973 41.9

In Tasmania, of people aged 15 years and over, 45.8% of people were in a registered marriage and 12.5% were in a de facto marriage.

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Education Tasmania % 2011 % Australia %
Pre-school 3,736 2.5 4,215 3.0 347,621 4.8
Primary - Government 31,234 21.3 30,052 21.5 1,314,787 18.2
Primary - Catholic 8,077 5.5 7,668 5.5 380,604 5.3
Primary - other non Government 4,467 3.0 4,350 3.1 231,490 3.2
Secondary - Government 17,971 12.2 18,173 13.0 827,505 11.5
Secondary - Catholic 6,630 4.5 6,482 4.6 338,384 4.7
Secondary - other non Government 4,840 3.3 4,953 3.5 280,618 3.9
Technical or further education institution 10,630 7.2 12,866 9.2 424,869 5.9
University or tertiary institution 18,250 12.4 16,529 11.8 1,160,626 16.1
Other 2,810 1.9 2,865 2.0 198,383 2.8
Not stated 38,329 26.1 31,624 22.6 1,707,023 23.7

In Tasmania 28.8% of people were attending an educational institution. Of these, 29.8% were in primary school, 20.0% in secondary school and 19.7% in a tertiary or technical institution.

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Level of highest educational attainment
People aged 15 years and over
Tasmania % 2011 % Australia %
Bachelor Degree level and above 67,863 16.2 -- -- 4,181,406 22.0
Advanced Diploma and Diploma level 31,487 7.5 -- -- 1,687,893 8.9
Certificate level IV 12,132 2.9 -- -- 551,767 2.9
Certificate level III 62,121 14.8 -- -- 2,442,203 12.8
Year 12 50,460 12.0 -- -- 2,994,097 15.7
Year 11 19,697 4.7 -- -- 941,531 4.9
Year 10 73,242 17.4 -- -- 2,054,331 10.8
Certificate level II 384 0.1 -- -- 13,454 0.1
Certificate level I 48 0.0 -- -- 2,176 0.0
Year 9 or below 43,314 10.3 -- -- 1,529,897 8.0
No educational attainment 1,641 0.4 -- -- 145,844 0.8
Not stated 46,190 11.0 -- -- 1,974,794 10.4

Of people aged 15 and over in Tasmania, 12.0% reported having completed Year 12 as their highest level of educational attainment, 17.7% had completed a Certificate III or IV and 7.5% had completed an Advanced Diploma or Diploma.

2011 benchmarks are not available for this data item.

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People — cultural & language diversity
Ancestry, top responses Tasmania % 2011 % Australia %

Respondents had the option of reporting up to two ancestries on their Census form, and this is captured by the Ancestry Multi Response (ANCP) variable used in this table. Therefore, the total responses count will not equal the persons count for this area. Calculated percentages represent a proportion of all responses from people in Tasmania (including those who did not state an ancestry).

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Country of birth Tasmania % 2011 % Australia %
Australia 411,490 80.7 414,260 83.6 15,614,835 66.7
Other top responses

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Country of birth of father and/or mother, stated responses Tasmania % 2011 % Australia %
Both parents born overseas 73,757 14.5 69,305 14.0 8,051,196 34.4
Father only born overseas 27,091 5.3 26,631 5.4 1,488,092 6.4
Mother only born overseas 18,595 3.6 18,036 3.6 1,094,591 4.7
Both parents born in Australia 353,447 69.3 351,940 71.0 11,070,538 47.3

In Tasmania, 69.3% of people had both parents born in Australia and 14.5% of people had both parents born overseas.

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Country of birth of father, stated responses Tasmania % Australia %

2011 comparison data is not available for this table. For the 2001, 2006 and 2011 Censuses, only whether a person's father was born in Australia or overseas was collected. In 2016, this question expanded to collect the actual country of birth of a person's father.

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Country of birth of mother, stated responses Tasmania % Australia %

2011 comparison data is not available for this table. For the 2001, 2006 and 2011 Censuses, only whether a person's mother was born in Australia or overseas was collected. In 2016, this question expanded to collect the actual country of birth of a person's mother.

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Religious affiliation, top responses Tasmania % 2011 % Australia %

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Language, top responses (other than English) Tasmania % 2011 % Australia %

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People — employment
Employment
People who reported being in the labour force, aged 15 years and over
Tasmania % 2011 % Australia %
Worked full-time 121,822 52.3 126,465 54.5 6,623,065 57.7
Worked part-time 81,601 35.0 76,384 32.9 3,491,503 30.4
Away from work 13,162 5.7 14,450 6.2 569,276 5.0
Unemployed 16,365 7.0 14,825 6.4 787,452 6.9

There were 232,950 people who reported being in the labour force in the week before Census night in Tasmania. Of these 52.3% were employed full time, 35.0% were employed part-time and 7.0% were unemployed.

The ABS Labour Force Survey provides the official estimates of Australia's unemployment rate. More information about Census and labour force status is provided in Understanding the Census and Census Data.

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Employment - hours worked
Employed people aged 15 years and over
Tasmania % 2011 % Australia %
1-15 hours per week 28,693 13.2 27,159 12.5 1,218,823 11.4
16-24 hours per week 24,125 11.1 23,356 10.7 1,079,236 10.1
25-34 hours per week 28,779 13.3 25,867 11.9 1,193,445 11.2
35-39 hours per week 42,568 19.7 41,655 19.2 2,031,263 19.0
40 hours or more per week 79,249 36.6 84,811 39.0 4,591,801 43.0

Of employed people in Tasmania, 13.2% worked 1 to 15 hours, 11.1% worked 16 to 24 hours and 36.6% worked 40 hours or more.

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Occupation
Employed people aged 15 years and over
Tasmania % 2011 % Australia %

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Industry of employment, top responses
Employed people aged 15 years and over
Tasmania % 2011 % Australia %

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Median weekly incomes
People aged 15 years and over
Tasmania % 2011 % Australia %
Personal 573 -- 499 -- 662 --
Family 1,399 -- 1,202 -- 1,734 --
Household 1,100 -- 948 -- 1,438 --

The median weekly personal income for people aged 15 years and over in Tasmania was $573.

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Travel to work, top responses
Employed people aged 15 years and over
Tasmania % 2011 % Australia %

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Unpaid work
People aged 15 years and over
Tasmania % 2011 % Australia %
Did unpaid domestic work (last week) 295,218 70.3 289,354 72.1 13,143,914 69.0
Cared for child/children (last two weeks) 111,542 26.6 111,820 27.9 5,259,400 27.6
Provided unpaid assistance to a person with a disability (last two weeks) 49,528 11.8 46,644 11.6 2,145,203 11.3
Did voluntary work through an organisation or group (last 12 months) 89,216 21.3 78,249 19.5 3,620,726 19.0

In Tasmania, 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, 26.6% provided care for children and 11.8% assisted family members or others due to a disability, long term illness or problems related to old age. In the year before the Census, 21.3% of people did voluntary work through an organisation or a group.

View the data quality statements for: Unpaid domestic work (DOMP) Unpaid child care (CHCAREP) Unpaid assistance (UNCAREP) Voluntary work (VOLWP)

Unpaid domestic work, number of hours
People aged 15 years and over
Tasmania % 2011 % Australia %
Less than 5 hours per week 83,591 19.9 80,973 20.2 4,298,593 22.6
5 to 14 hours per week 113,245 27.0 106,956 26.6 4,944,578 26.0
15 to 29 hours per week 55,346 13.2 54,793 13.6 2,189,776 11.5
30 hours or more per week 43,040 10.3 46,632 11.6 1,710,970 9.0

Of people who did unpaid domestic work in the week before the Census in Tasmania, 27.0% worked 5 to 14 hours, 13.2% worked 15 to 29 hours and 10.3% worked 30 hours or more.

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

Families — family composition
Family composition Tasmania % 2011 % Australia %
Couple family without children 57,849 43.1 56,434 42.1 2,291,987 37.8
Couple family with children 51,286 38.2 53,219 39.7 2,716,224 44.7
One parent family 23,423 17.4 22,822 17.0 959,543 15.8
Other family 1,781 1.3 1,717 1.3 102,559 1.7

Of the families in Tasmania, 38.2% were couple families with children, 43.1% were couple families without children and 17.4% were one parent families.

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Single (or lone) parents
Proportion of the total single (or lone) parent population
Tasmania % 2011 % Australia %
Male -- 19.4 -- 18.5 -- 18.2
Female -- 80.6 -- 81.5 -- 81.8

In Tasmania, 19.4% of single parents were male and 80.6% were female.

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Families — employment status of couple families
Employment status of parents in couple families
Labour force, parents or partners aged 15 years and over
Tasmania % 2011 % Australia %
Both employed, worked full-time 18,546 17.0 18,916 17.3 1,084,006 21.6
Both employed, worked part-time 5,538 5.1 5,112 4.7 203,596 4.1
One employed full-time, one part-time 24,746 22.7 24,511 22.4 1,086,460 21.7
One employed full-time, other not working 12,935 11.9 14,196 12.9 749,886 15.0
One employed part-time, other not working 7,876 7.2 7,386 6.7 302,037 6.0
Both not working 26,810 24.6 25,362 23.1 1,006,697 20.1
Other (includes away from work) 6,016 5.5 6,839 6.2 264,145 5.3
Labour force status not stated (by one or both parents in a couple family) 6,662 6.1 7,333 6.7 311,381 6.2

In Tasmania, of couple families, 17.0% had both partners employed full-time, 5.1% had both employed part-time and 22.7% had one employed full-time and the other part-time.

The ABS Labour Force Survey provides the official estimates of Australia's unemployment rate. More information about Census and labour force status is provided in Understanding the Census and Census Data.

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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 count Tasmania % 2011 % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings 197,575 86.0 192,813 85.6 8,286,073 88.8
Unoccupied private dwellings 32,135 14.0 32,496 14.4 1,039,874 11.2

In Tasmania, 86.0% of private dwellings were occupied and 14.0% were unoccupied.

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Dwelling structure
Occupied private dwellings
Tasmania % 2011 % Australia %
Separate house 172,998 87.6 166,515 86.4 6,041,788 72.9
Semi-detached, row or terrace house, townhouse etc 11,376 5.8 10,325 5.4 1,055,016 12.7
Flat or apartment 11,267 5.7 14,514 7.5 1,087,434 13.1
Other dwelling 1,202 0.6 1,350 0.7 64,425 0.8

Of occupied private dwellings in Tasmania, 87.6% were separate houses, 5.8% were semi-detached, row or terrace houses, townhouses etc, 5.7% were flats or apartments and 0.6% were other dwellings.

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Number of bedrooms
Occupied private dwellings
Tasmania % 2011 % Australia %
None (includes bedsitters) 772 0.4 693 0.4 39,769 0.5
1 bedroom 9,381 4.7 9,380 4.9 411,252 5.0
2 bedrooms 40,523 20.5 39,348 20.4 1,562,759 18.9
3 bedrooms 99,381 50.3 99,420 51.6 3,403,190 41.1
4 or more bedrooms 42,983 21.8 40,674 21.1 2,670,758 32.2
Number of bedrooms not stated 4,535 2.3 3,310 1.7 198,351 2.4
Average number of bedrooms per dwelling 3 -- 3 -- 3.1 --
Average number of people per household 2.3 -- 2.4 -- 2.6 --

In Tasmania, of occupied private dwellings 4.7% had 1 bedroom, 20.5% had 2 bedrooms and 50.3% had 3 bedrooms. The average number of bedrooms per occupied private dwelling was 3. The average household size was 2.3 people.

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Tenure
Occupied private dwellings
Tasmania % 2011 % Australia %
Owned outright 70,444 35.7 69,770 36.2 2,565,695 31.0
Owned with a mortgage 66,218 33.5 65,923 34.2 2,855,222 34.5
Rented 54,034 27.3 50,956 26.4 2,561,302 30.9
Other tenure type 1,676 0.8 1,496 0.8 78,994 1.0
Tenure type not stated 5,201 2.6 4,683 2.4 224,869 2.7

Of occupied private dwellings in Tasmania, 35.7% were owned outright, 33.5% were owned with a mortgage and 27.3% were rented.

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Dwellings — household composition
Household composition Tasmania % 2011 % Australia %
Family households 132,574 67.1 132,583 68.8 5,907,625 71.3
Single (or lone) person households 58,517 29.6 54,040 28.0 2,023,542 24.4
Group households 6,492 3.3 6,206 3.2 354,917 4.3

In Tasmania, of all households, 67.1% were family households, 29.6% were single person households and 3.3% were group households.

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Household income Tasmania % 2011 % Australia %
Less than $650 gross weekly income -- 26.3 -- 30.7 -- 20.0
More than $3000 gross weekly income -- 8.3 -- 5.4 -- 16.4

In Tasmania, 26.3% of households had a weekly household income of less than $650 and 8.3% of households had a weekly income of more than $3000.

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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 Tasmania % 2011 % Australia %
Median rent 230 -- 200 -- 335 --
Households where rent payments are less than 30% of household income -- 89.8 -- 90.5 -- 88.5
Households with rent payments greater than or equal to 30% of household income -- 10.2 -- 9.5 -- 11.5

The number of households where rent payments were 30% or more of an imputed income measure are expressed in this table as a proportion of the total number of households in an area (including those households which were not renting, and 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.

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Mortgage monthly repayments Tasmania % 2011 % Australia %
Median mortgage repayments 1,300 -- 1,300 -- 1,755 --
Households where mortgage repayments are less than 30% of household income -- 94.9 -- 92.5 -- 92.8
Households with mortgage repayments greater than or equal to 30% of household income -- 5.1 -- 7.5 -- 7.2

The number of households where mortgage repayments were 30% or more of an imputed income measure are expressed in this table as a proportion of the total number of households in an area (including those households which were renting, and 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.

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Dwellings — number of motor vehicles
Number of registered motor vehicles Tasmania % 2011 % Australia %
None 13,694 6.9 15,145 7.9 623,829 7.5
1 motor vehicle 69,261 35.1 68,647 35.6 2,881,485 34.8
2 motor vehicles 69,092 35.0 68,499 35.5 2,999,184 36.2
3 or more vehicles 38,398 19.4 34,946 18.1 1,496,382 18.1
Number of motor vehicles not stated 7,139 3.6 5,589 2.9 285,197 3.4

In Tasmania, 35.1% of occupied private dwellings had one registered motor vehicle garaged or parked at their address, 35.0% had two registered motor vehicles and 19.4% had three or more registered motor vehicles.

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Dwelling internet connection Tasmania % 2011 % Australia %
Internet not accessed from dwelling 38,482 19.5 50,540 26.2 1,172,415 14.1
Internet accessed from dwelling 154,061 78.0 135,855 70.5 6,892,165 83.2
Not stated 5,032 2.5 6,423 3.3 221,494 2.7

In Tasmania, 78.0% of households had at least one person access the internet from the dwelling. This could have been through a desktop/laptop computer, mobile or smart phone, tablet, music or video player, gaming console, smart TV or any other device.

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

People characteristics - Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples
People characteristics
Count based on place of usual residence on Census night.
Tasmania % 2011 % Australia %
Male 11,578 49.1 9,631 49.1 322,171 49.6
Female 11,993 50.9 9,998 50.9 326,996 50.4
Median age 24 -- 21 -- 23 --

In Tasmania, 49.1% of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people were male and 50.9% were female. The median age was 24 years.

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Dwelling characteristics - Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander households

Dwelling tables exclude visitor only and other non-classifiable households. These tables represent occupied private dwellings where at least one Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait islander person was present

Dwelling characteristics
Occupied private dwellings where at least one person was Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
Tasmania % 2011 % Australia %
Average number of people per household 2.9 -- 3 -- 3.2 --
Average number of persons per bedroom 1 -- (a) -- 1 --
Median weekly household income 1,079 -- 924 -- 1,203 --

a) There has been change in methodology used to calculate the average number of persons per bedroom. To compare the time series for average number of persons per bedroom please refer to Understanding the Census and Census Data

In Tasmania, for dwellings occupied by Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people, the average household size was 2.9 persons, with 1 persons per bedroom. The median household income was $1,079.

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Mortgage and rent
Occupied private dwellings where at least one person was Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
Tasmania % 2011 % Australia %
Median weekly rent 220 -- 190 -- 250 --
Median monthly mortgage repayments 1,300 -- 1,300 -- 1,660 --

In Tasmania, for dwellings occupied by Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people, the median weekly rent was $220 and the median monthly mortgage repayment was $1,300.

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LATEST ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (AEST) 23/10/2017

Small random adjustments have been made to all cell values to protect the confidentiality of data. These adjustments may cause the sum of rows or columns to differ by small amounts from the table totals. For further information, go to the User Guide for QuickStats.

Data reported for Australia and Other Territories now includes Norfolk Island, following an amendment to the Acts Interpretation Act, 1901. Because Norfolk Island has not previously been included in the Census, any 2011 benchmarks will not include Norfolk Island.

The information contained in this QuickStat has been produced by the Australian Bureau of Statistics It contains data from the 2016 Census of Population & Housing held on 9 August 2016 Release date of this QuickStat was 23 October 2017 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 2016 Census Dictionary. For further enquiries contact the ABS National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070 www.abs.gov.au/census