2016 Census: Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Peoples QuickStats

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Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples 47,787
Male 49.4%
Female 50.6%
Median age 23
Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander households 23,783
Average people per household 3
Median weekly household income $1,200
Median monthly mortgage repayments $1,517
Median weekly rent $261

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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 Victoria % 2011 % Australia %
Aboriginal 44,590 93.3 34,949 92.0 590,062 90.9
Torres Strait Islander 2,022 4.2 2,165 5.7 32,344 5.0
Both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander 1,175 2.5 884 2.3 26,767 4.1

For the 2016 Census in Victoria, there were 47,787 Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people. Of these, 49.4% were male and 50.6% were female.

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Age Victoria % 2011 % Australia %
Median age 23 -- 22 -- 23 --
0-4 years 5,476 11.5 4,692 12.3 73,265 11.3
5-14 years 10,414 21.8 8,697 22.9 147,134 22.7
15-24 years 9,073 19.0 7,397 19.5 123,719 19.1
25-34 years 6,539 13.7 4,797 12.6 88,861 13.7
35-44 years 5,239 11.0 4,688 12.3 72,394 11.2
45-54 years 5,067 10.6 3,703 9.7 67,415 10.4
55-64 years 3,472 7.3 2,400 6.3 45,433 7.0
65 years and over 2,518 5.3 1,630 4.3 30,952 4.8

In Victoria, the median age of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people was 23 years. Of the Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people 33.2% were children aged 0 to 14 years and 5.3% were people aged 65 years and over.

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Registered marital status
People aged 15 years and over
Victoria % 2011 % Australia %
Married 7,613 23.9 5,630 22.9 105,086 24.5
Separated 1,556 4.9 1,130 4.6 19,112 4.5
Divorced 2,642 8.3 2,124 8.6 28,796 6.7
Widowed 943 3.0 813 3.3 13,794 3.2
Never married 19,145 60.0 14,904 60.6 261,980 61.1

In Victoria, 23.9% of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people were married and 13.2% were either divorced or separated.

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Social marital status
People aged 15 years and over
Victoria % 2011 % Australia %
Registered marriage 6,729 23.6 5,135 23.3 86,716 23.1
De facto marriage 4,079 14.3 3,086 14.0 60,051 16.0
Not married 17,744 62.1 13,844 62.7 228,281 60.9

In Victoria, 23.6% of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people were in a registered marriage and 14.3% were in a de facto marriage.

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Education attendance Victoria % 2011 % Australia %
Pre-school 1,388 7.1 1,082 6.7 16,698 6.4
Primary 6,935 35.5 5,264 32.4 97,859 37.5
Secondary 4,828 24.7 3,735 23.0 65,208 25.0
Technical or further education institution 1,215 6.2 1,264 7.8 14,227 5.5
University or tertiary institution 1,679 8.6 1,075 6.6 15,489 5.9
Other 567 2.9 402 2.5 5,047 1.9
Not stated 2,940 15.0 3,430 21.1 46,428 17.8

Of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people in Victoria, 40.9% were attending an educational institution. Of these, 35.5% were attending a primary school, 24.7% were attending a secondary school and 14.8% were attending a tertiary or technical institution.

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Level of highest educational attainment
People aged 15 years and over
Victoria % 2011 % Australia %
Bachelor Degree level and above 2,929 9.2 -- -- 24,911 5.8
Advanced Diploma and Diploma level 2,433 7.6 -- -- 23,795 5.5
Certificate level IV 1,471 4.6 -- -- 14,308 3.3
Certificate level III 4,581 14.4 -- -- 56,625 13.2
Year 12 4,285 13.4 -- -- 59,949 14.0
Year 11 2,661 8.3 -- -- 34,674 8.1
Year 10 4,289 13.4 -- -- 77,265 18.0
Certificate level II 97 0.3 -- -- 1,215 0.3
Certificate level I 13 0.0 -- -- 241 0.1
Year 9 or below 4,628 14.5 -- -- 64,604 15.1
No educational attainment 267 0.8 -- -- 4,256 1.0
Not stated 3,461 10.8 -- -- 56,698 13.2

Of people aged 15 and over in Victoria, 13.4% reported having completed Year 12 as their highest level of educational attainment, 18.9% had completed a Certificate III or IV and 7.6% had completed an Advanced Diploma or Diploma.

2011 benchmarks are not available for this data item.

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People — cultural & language diversity
Australian Indigenous language, top responses Victoria % 2011 % Australia %

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Ancestry, top responses Victoria % 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 Victoria (including those who did not state an ancestry).

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People — employment
Employment
People who reported being in the labour force, aged 15 years and over
Victoria % 2011 % Australia %
Worked full-time 8,941 50.0 6,778 51.6 106,960 48.0
Worked part-time 5,297 29.6 3,488 26.5 61,049 27.4
Away from work 1,134 6.3 1,024 7.8 14,143 6.4
Unemployed 2,502 14.0 1,851 14.1 40,486 18.2
Not in the labour force 13,086 41.0 10,263 41.7 190,132 44.3

There were people who reported being in the labour force in the week before Census night in Victoria. Of these 50.0% were employed full time, 29.6% were employed part-time and 14.0% 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.

For information on the Community Development Programme (CDP) please refer to the Census Data Dictionary. CDP data is available in TableBuilder.

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Occupation, top responses
Employed people aged 15 years and over
Victoria % 2011 % Australia %

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

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Median weekly incomes
People aged 15 years and over
Victoria % 2011 % Australia %
Personal 479 -- 390 -- 441 --
Household 1,200 -- 962 -- 1,203 --

The median weekly personal income for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people in Victoria was $479 and the median weekly household income was $1,200.

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Unpaid work
People aged 15 years and over
Victoria % 2011 % Australia %
Did unpaid domestic work (last week) 20,093 63.0 14,890 60.5 263,334 61.4
Cared for child/children (last two weeks) 9,408 29.5 7,222 29.3 136,079 31.7
Provided unpaid assistance to a person with a disability (last two weeks) 4,560 14.3 3,172 12.9 58,541 13.7
Did voluntary work through an organisation or group (last 12 months) 5,878 18.4 3,916 15.9 63,303 14.8

In Victoria, of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people, 63.0% did unpaid domestic work in the week before the Census. During the two weeks before the Census, 29.5% provided care for children and 14.3% assisted family members or others due to a disability, long term illness or problems related to old age. In the year before the Census, 18.4% 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)

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

Dwellings — dwelling characteristics

Dwelling tables exclude visitor only and other non-classifiable households

Dwelling characteristics
Occupied private dwellings where at least one person was Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
Victoria % 2011 % Australia %
Average number of people per household 3 -- 3 -- 3.2 --
Average number of persons per bedroom 1 -- (a) -- 1 --
Average number of registered motor vehicles per dwelling 1.8 -- 1.6 -- 1.7 --

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 Victoria, for dwellings occupied by Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people, the average household size was 3 persons, with 1 persons per bedroom and 1.8 registered motor vehicles per dwelling.

View the data quality statements for: Number of Bedrooms in Private Dwelling (BEDD) Household composition (HHCD) Indigenous household Indicator (INGDWTD)

Housing costs
Occupied private dwellings where at least one person was Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
Victoria % 2011 % Australia %
Median weekly rent 261 -- 200 -- 250 --
Median monthly mortgage repayments 1,517 -- 1,495 -- 1,660 --

In Victoria, for dwellings occupied by Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people, the median weekly rent was $261 and the median monthly mortgage repayment was $1,517.

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Family household composition
Counts the types of families within family households at the dwelling level
Victoria % 2011 % Australia %
One family household: Couple family with no children 4,037 17.0 2,959 16.2 42,536 16.2
One family household: Couple family with children 6,960 29.3 5,283 28.8 80,803 30.7
One family household: One parent family 6,066 25.5 5,015 27.4 67,528 25.7
One family household: Other family 448 1.9 340 1.9 5,547 2.1
Multiple family household: Couple family with no children 146 0.6 72 0.4 2,223 0.8
Multiple family household: Couple family with children 245 1.0 183 1.0 4,951 1.9
Multiple family household: One parent family 353 1.5 295 1.6 5,768 2.2
Multiple family household: Other family 17 0.1 16 0.1 471 0.2
Other household 5,500 23.1 4,152 22.7 53,195 20.2

In Victoria, of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander households, 17.6% were a couple family with no children, 30.3% were a couple family with children and 27.0% were a one parent family.

In multiple family households, only the family composition of the primary family is recorded. Other household includes lone person households and group households.

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Dwellings — dwelling structure
Dwelling structure
Occupied private dwellings where at least one person was Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
Victoria % 2011 % Australia %
Separate house 18,993 80.2 14,788 80.7 211,205 80.7
Semi-detached, row or terrace house, townhouse etc 2,661 11.2 1,265 6.9 27,017 10.3
Flat or apartment 1,847 7.8 2,057 11.2 20,580 7.9
Other dwelling 176 0.7 201 1.1 2,897 1.1

In Victoria there were 23,783 private dwellings occupied by Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people. Where a dwelling type was stated, 80.2% were separate houses, 11.2% were semi-detached, row or terrace houses, townhouses etc, 7.8% were flats or apartments and 0.7% were other dwellings.

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Tenure
Occupied private dwellings where at least one person was Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
Victoria % 2011 % Australia %
Owned outright 3,379 14.2 2,425 13.2 32,045 12.2
Owned with a mortgage 6,916 29.1 5,051 27.6 68,085 25.9
Rented 12,300 51.7 9,897 54.0 150,832 57.3
Other tenure type 188 0.8 136 0.7 1,888 0.7
Tenure type not stated 986 4.1 807 4.4 10,182 3.9

In Victoria, of dwellings occupied by Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people, 14.2% were owned outright, 29.1% were owned with a mortgage and 51.7% were rented.

View the data quality statement for Tenure type (TEND)
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