2016 Census QuickStats

Australia State/Territory

Northern Territory

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People 228,833
Male 51.8%
Female 48.2%
Median age 32
Families 51,530
Average children per family
for families with children 1.9
for all families 0.8
All private dwellings 89,959
Average people per household 2.9
Median weekly household income $1,983
Median monthly mortgage repayments $2,167
Median weekly rent $315
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
Northern Territory % 2011 % Australia %
Male 118,570 51.8 109,519 51.7 11,546,638 49.3
Female 110,266 48.2 102,428 48.3 11,855,248 50.7
Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people 58,248 25.5 56,779 26.8 649,171 2.8

In the 2016 Census, there were 228,833 people in Northern Territory. Of these 51.8% were male and 48.2% were female. Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people made up 25.5% of the population.

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Age Northern Territory % 2011 % Australia %
Median age 32 -- 31 -- 38 --
0-4 years 17,630 7.7 17,119 8.1 1,464,779 6.3
5-9 years 16,822 7.4 16,415 7.7 1,502,646 6.4
10-14 years 15,029 6.6 15,608 7.4 1,397,183 6.0
15-19 years 14,077 6.2 14,819 7.0 1,421,595 6.1
20-24 years 16,644 7.3 16,840 7.9 1,566,793 6.7
25-29 years 21,707 9.5 19,214 9.1 1,664,602 7.1
30-34 years 21,329 9.3 17,345 8.2 1,703,847 7.3
35-39 years 18,012 7.9 16,829 7.9 1,561,679 6.7
40-44 years 16,615 7.3 16,331 7.7 1,583,257 6.8
45-49 years 16,456 7.2 14,799 7.0 1,581,455 6.8
50-54 years 14,854 6.5 13,775 6.5 1,523,551 6.5
55-59 years 12,886 5.6 11,633 5.5 1,454,332 6.2
60-64 years 10,407 4.5 9,119 4.3 1,299,397 5.6
65-69 years 7,364 3.2 5,285 2.5 1,188,999 5.1
70-74 years 4,300 1.9 3,280 1.5 887,716 3.8
75-79 years 2,516 1.1 1,727 0.8 652,657 2.8
80-84 years 1,258 0.5 1,112 0.5 460,549 2.0
85 years and over 938 0.4 693 0.3 486,842 2.1

The median age of people in Northern Territory was 32 years. Children aged 0 - 14 years made up 21.6% of the population and people aged 65 years and over made up 7.2% of the population.

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Registered marital status
People aged 15 years and over
Northern Territory % 2011 % Australia %
Married 78,333 43.7 70,155 43.1 9,148,218 48.1
Separated 6,046 3.4 5,528 3.4 608,059 3.2
Divorced 13,442 7.5 13,273 8.2 1,626,890 8.5
Widowed 5,622 3.1 5,203 3.2 985,204 5.2
Never married 75,917 42.3 68,649 42.2 6,668,910 35.0

Of people in Northern Territory aged 15 years and over, 43.7% were married and 10.9% were either divorced or separated.

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Social marital status
People aged 15 years and over
Northern Territory % 2011 % Australia %
Registered marriage 58,583 41.4 54,567 41.5 8,001,141 47.7
De facto marriage 22,537 15.9 19,530 14.9 1,751,731 10.4
Not married 60,345 42.7 57,232 43.6 7,024,973 41.9

In Northern Territory, of people aged 15 years and over, 41.4% of people were in a registered marriage and 15.9% were in a de facto marriage.

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Education Northern Territory % 2011 % Australia %
Pre-school 3,707 4.6 3,339 4.6 347,621 4.8
Primary - Government 15,160 18.6 15,168 20.7 1,314,787 18.2
Primary - Catholic 2,632 3.2 2,588 3.5 380,604 5.3
Primary - other non Government 2,570 3.2 2,153 2.9 231,490 3.2
Secondary - Government 8,233 10.1 8,006 10.9 827,505 11.5
Secondary - Catholic 2,070 2.5 1,779 2.4 338,384 4.7
Secondary - other non Government 2,911 3.6 2,825 3.9 280,618 3.9
Technical or further education institution 3,045 3.7 2,726 3.7 424,869 5.9
University or tertiary institution 8,054 9.9 6,679 9.1 1,160,626 16.1
Other 1,655 2.0 1,623 2.2 198,383 2.8
Not stated 31,342 38.5 26,243 35.9 1,707,023 23.7

In Northern Territory 35.6% of people were attending an educational institution. Of these, 25.0% were in primary school, 16.2% in secondary school and 13.6% in a tertiary or technical institution.

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Level of highest educational attainment
People aged 15 years and over
Northern Territory % 2011 % Australia %
Bachelor Degree level and above 30,711 17.1 -- -- 4,181,406 22.0
Advanced Diploma and Diploma level 12,854 7.2 -- -- 1,687,893 8.9
Certificate level IV 6,391 3.6 -- -- 551,767 2.9
Certificate level III 23,200 12.9 -- -- 2,442,203 12.8
Year 12 22,743 12.7 -- -- 2,994,097 15.7
Year 11 10,854 6.1 -- -- 941,531 4.9
Year 10 17,509 9.8 -- -- 2,054,331 10.8
Certificate level II 226 0.1 -- -- 13,454 0.1
Certificate level I 128 0.1 -- -- 2,176 0.0
Year 9 or below 15,473 8.6 -- -- 1,529,897 8.0
No educational attainment 1,870 1.0 -- -- 145,844 0.8
Not stated 33,298 18.6 -- -- 1,974,794 10.4

Of people aged 15 and over in Northern Territory, 12.7% reported having completed Year 12 as their highest level of educational attainment, 16.5% had completed a Certificate III or IV and 7.2% 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 Northern Territory % 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 Northern Territory (including those who did not state an ancestry).

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Country of birth Northern Territory % 2011 % Australia %
Australia 157,531 68.8 158,033 74.6 15,614,835 66.7
Other top responses

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Country of birth of father and/or mother, stated responses Northern Territory % 2011 % Australia %
Both parents born overseas 54,687 23.9 42,606 20.1 8,051,196 34.4
Father only born overseas 10,761 4.7 10,807 5.1 1,488,092 6.4
Mother only born overseas 9,473 4.1 9,132 4.3 1,094,591 4.7
Both parents born in Australia 124,021 54.2 125,125 59.0 11,070,538 47.3

In Northern Territory, 54.2% of people had both parents born in Australia and 23.9% of people had both parents born overseas.

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Country of birth of father, stated responses Northern Territory % 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 Northern Territory % 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 Northern Territory % 2011 % Australia %

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

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People — employment
Employment
People who reported being in the labour force, aged 15 years and over
Northern Territory % 2011 % Australia %
Worked full-time 74,100 67.1 69,544 66.9 6,623,065 57.7
Worked part-time 21,493 19.5 20,876 20.1 3,491,503 30.4
Away from work 7,112 6.4 8,054 7.7 569,276 5.0
Unemployed 7,685 7.0 5,489 5.3 787,452 6.9

There were 110,390 people who reported being in the labour force in the week before Census night in Northern Territory. Of these 67.1% were employed full time, 19.5% 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
Northern Territory % 2011 % Australia %
1-15 hours per week 6,735 6.6 6,589 6.7 1,218,823 11.4
16-24 hours per week 6,327 6.2 6,345 6.4 1,079,236 10.1
25-34 hours per week 8,431 8.2 7,953 8.1 1,193,445 11.2
35-39 hours per week 22,238 21.7 19,468 19.8 2,031,263 19.0
40 hours or more per week 51,864 50.5 50,074 50.8 4,591,801 43.0

Of employed people in Northern Territory, 6.6% worked 1 to 15 hours, 6.2% worked 16 to 24 hours and 50.5% worked 40 hours or more.

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Occupation
Employed people aged 15 years and over
Northern Territory % 2011 % Australia %

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

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Median weekly incomes
People aged 15 years and over
Northern Territory % 2011 % Australia %
Personal 871 -- 744 -- 662 --
Family 2,105 -- 1,759 -- 1,734 --
Household 1,983 -- 1,674 -- 1,438 --

The median weekly personal income for people aged 15 years and over in Northern Territory was $871.

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

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Unpaid work
People aged 15 years and over
Northern Territory % 2011 % Australia %
Did unpaid domestic work (last week) 115,473 64.4 108,528 66.7 13,143,914 69.0
Cared for child/children (last two weeks) 52,717 29.4 49,619 30.5 5,259,400 27.6
Provided unpaid assistance to a person with a disability (last two weeks) 16,056 9.0 14,566 8.9 2,145,203 11.3
Did voluntary work through an organisation or group (last 12 months) 30,716 17.1 27,050 16.6 3,620,726 19.0

In Northern Territory, of people aged 15 years and over, 64.4% did unpaid domestic work in the week before the Census. During the two weeks before the Census, 29.4% provided care for children and 9.0% assisted family members or others due to a disability, long term illness or problems related to old age. In the year before the Census, 17.1% 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
Northern Territory % 2011 % Australia %
Less than 5 hours per week 40,921 22.8 37,793 23.2 4,298,593 22.6
5 to 14 hours per week 46,081 25.7 42,817 26.3 4,944,578 26.0
15 to 29 hours per week 17,083 9.5 16,605 10.2 2,189,776 11.5
30 hours or more per week 11,386 6.3 11,313 6.9 1,710,970 9.0

Of people who did unpaid domestic work in the week before the Census in Northern Territory, 25.7% worked 5 to 14 hours, 9.5% worked 15 to 29 hours and 6.3% 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 Northern Territory % 2011 % Australia %
Couple family without children 18,138 35.2 16,310 34.0 2,291,987 37.8
Couple family with children 23,815 46.2 22,244 46.3 2,716,224 44.7
One parent family 8,558 16.6 8,613 17.9 959,543 15.8
Other family 1,014 2.0 866 1.8 102,559 1.7

Of the families in Northern Territory, 46.2% were couple families with children, 35.2% were couple families without children and 16.6% were one parent families.

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Single (or lone) parents
Proportion of the total single (or lone) parent population
Northern Territory % 2011 % Australia %
Male -- 20.5 -- 19.5 -- 18.2
Female -- 79.5 -- 80.5 -- 81.8

In Northern Territory, 20.5% of single parents were male and 79.5% 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
Northern Territory % 2011 % Australia %
Both employed, worked full-time 13,833 33.0 12,592 32.7 1,084,006 21.6
Both employed, worked part-time 1,215 2.9 1,325 3.4 203,596 4.1
One employed full-time, one part-time 6,638 15.8 5,982 15.5 1,086,460 21.7
One employed full-time, other not working 6,174 14.7 5,205 13.5 749,886 15.0
One employed part-time, other not working 1,677 4.0 1,551 4.0 302,037 6.0
Both not working 6,100 14.5 4,775 12.4 1,006,697 20.1
Other (includes away from work) 2,884 6.9 3,326 8.6 264,145 5.3
Labour force status not stated (by one or both parents in a couple family) 3,429 8.2 3,801 9.9 311,381 6.2

In Northern Territory, of couple families, 33.0% had both partners employed full-time, 2.9% had both employed part-time and 15.8% 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 Northern Territory % 2011 % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings 65,053 85.9 60,883 87.6 8,286,073 88.8
Unoccupied private dwellings 10,717 14.1 8,596 12.4 1,039,874 11.2

In Northern Territory, 85.9% of private dwellings were occupied and 14.1% were unoccupied.

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Dwelling structure
Occupied private dwellings
Northern Territory % 2011 % Australia %
Separate house 43,100 66.3 41,187 67.6 6,041,788 72.9
Semi-detached, row or terrace house, townhouse etc 7,844 12.1 6,879 11.3 1,055,016 12.7
Flat or apartment 11,374 17.5 10,087 16.6 1,087,434 13.1
Other dwelling 2,166 3.3 2,467 4.1 64,425 0.8

Of occupied private dwellings in Northern Territory, 66.3% were separate houses, 12.1% were semi-detached, row or terrace houses, townhouses etc, 17.5% were flats or apartments and 3.3% were other dwellings.

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Number of bedrooms
Occupied private dwellings
Northern Territory % 2011 % Australia %
None (includes bedsitters) 874 1.3 1,001 1.6 39,769 0.5
1 bedroom 4,871 7.5 4,537 7.5 411,252 5.0
2 bedrooms 14,306 22.0 13,275 21.8 1,562,759 18.9
3 bedrooms 27,598 42.4 27,271 44.8 3,403,190 41.1
4 or more bedrooms 15,039 23.1 12,789 21.0 2,670,758 32.2
Number of bedrooms not stated 2,369 3.6 2,024 3.3 198,351 2.4
Average number of bedrooms per dwelling 2.9 -- 2.8 -- 3.1 --
Average number of people per household 2.9 -- 2.9 -- 2.6 --

In Northern Territory, of occupied private dwellings 7.5% had 1 bedroom, 22.0% had 2 bedrooms and 42.4% had 3 bedrooms. The average number of bedrooms per occupied private dwelling was 2.9. The average household size was 2.9 people.

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Tenure
Occupied private dwellings
Northern Territory % 2011 % Australia %
Owned outright 9,957 15.3 9,529 15.6 2,565,695 31.0
Owned with a mortgage 19,247 29.6 18,629 30.6 2,855,222 34.5
Rented 32,737 50.3 29,905 49.1 2,561,302 30.9
Other tenure type 575 0.9 577 0.9 78,994 1.0
Tenure type not stated 2,545 3.9 2,249 3.7 224,869 2.7

Of occupied private dwellings in Northern Territory, 15.3% were owned outright, 29.6% were owned with a mortgage and 50.3% were rented.

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Dwellings — household composition
Household composition Northern Territory % 2011 % Australia %
Family households 47,400 72.8 44,045 72.3 5,907,625 71.3
Single (or lone) person households 14,228 21.9 13,317 21.9 2,023,542 24.4
Group households 3,438 5.3 3,528 5.8 354,917 4.3

In Northern Territory, of all households, 72.8% were family households, 21.9% were single person households and 5.3% were group households.

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Household income Northern Territory % 2011 % Australia %
Less than $650 gross weekly income -- 12.6 -- 14.6 -- 20.0
More than $3000 gross weekly income -- 25.8 -- 16.3 -- 16.4

In Northern Territory, 12.6% of households had a weekly household income of less than $650 and 25.8% 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 Northern Territory % 2011 % Australia %
Median rent 315 -- 225 -- 335 --
Households where rent payments are less than 30% of household income -- 90.9 -- 91.0 -- 88.5
Households with rent payments greater than or equal to 30% of household income -- 9.1 -- 9.0 -- 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 Northern Territory % 2011 % Australia %
Median mortgage repayments 2,167 -- 2,054 -- 1,755 --
Households where mortgage repayments are less than 30% of household income -- 94.5 -- 92.3 -- 92.8
Households with mortgage repayments greater than or equal to 30% of household income -- 5.5 -- 7.7 -- 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 Northern Territory % 2011 % Australia %
None 6,948 10.7 7,152 11.7 623,829 7.5
1 motor vehicle 20,562 31.6 20,288 33.3 2,881,485 34.8
2 motor vehicles 22,357 34.4 20,488 33.6 2,999,184 36.2
3 or more vehicles 11,813 18.2 10,184 16.7 1,496,382 18.1
Number of motor vehicles not stated 3,389 5.2 2,774 4.6 285,197 3.4

In Northern Territory, 31.6% of occupied private dwellings had one registered motor vehicle garaged or parked at their address, 34.4% had two registered motor vehicles and 18.2% had three or more registered motor vehicles.

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Dwelling internet connection Northern Territory % 2011 % Australia %
Internet not accessed from dwelling 10,972 16.9 13,539 22.2 1,172,415 14.1
Internet accessed from dwelling 51,392 79.0 44,318 72.8 6,892,165 83.2
Not stated 2,698 4.1 3,035 5.0 221,494 2.7

In Northern Territory, 79.0% 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.
Northern Territory % 2011 % Australia %
Male 29,129 50.0 28,037 49.4 322,171 49.6
Female 29,118 50.0 28,741 50.6 326,996 50.4
Median age 25 -- 23 -- 23 --

In Northern Territory, 50.0% of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people were male and 50.0% were female. The median age was 25 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
Northern Territory % 2011 % Australia %
Average number of people per household 4 -- 4.2 -- 3.2 --
Average number of persons per bedroom 1.5 -- (a) -- 1 --
Median weekly household income 1,225 -- 1,099 -- 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 Northern Territory, for dwellings occupied by Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people, the average household size was 4 persons, with 1.5 persons per bedroom. The median household income was $1,225.

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Mortgage and rent
Occupied private dwellings where at least one person was Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
Northern Territory % 2011 % Australia %
Median weekly rent 97 -- 75 -- 250 --
Median monthly mortgage repayments 2,167 -- 1,950 -- 1,660 --

In Northern Territory, for dwellings occupied by Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people, the median weekly rent was $97 and the median monthly mortgage repayment was $2,167.

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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