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

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Tennant Creek

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Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples 1,538
Male 52.7%
Female 47.3%
Median age 26
Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander households 365
Average people per household 3.6
Median weekly household income $1,134
Median monthly mortgage repayments $1,216
Median weekly rent $150

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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 Tennant Creek % Northern Territory % Australia %
Aboriginal 1,507 98.0 55,808 95.8 590,062 90.9
Torres Strait Islander 10 0.7 739 1.3 32,344 5.0
Both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander 21 1.4 1,699 2.9 26,767 4.1

For the 2016 Census in Tennant Creek, there were 1,538 Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people. Of these, 52.7% were male and 47.3% were female.

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Age Tennant Creek % Northern Territory % Australia %
Median age 26 -- 25 -- 23 --
0-4 years 152 10.0 5,596 9.6 73,265 11.3
5-14 years 270 17.7 11,889 20.4 147,134 22.7
15-24 years 286 18.7 11,103 19.1 123,719 19.1
25-34 years 235 15.4 9,634 16.5 88,861 13.7
35-44 years 202 13.2 7,708 13.2 72,394 11.2
45-54 years 204 13.4 6,396 11.0 67,415 10.4
55-64 years 100 6.5 3,715 6.4 45,433 7.0
65 years and over 78 5.1 2,211 3.8 30,952 4.8

In Tennant Creek, the median age of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people was 26 years. Of the Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people 27.4% were children aged 0 to 14 years and 5.1% were people aged 65 years and over.

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Registered marital status
People aged 15 years and over
Tennant Creek % Northern Territory % Australia %
Married 392 35.3 15,934 39.1 105,086 24.5
Separated 49 4.4 1,475 3.6 19,112 4.5
Divorced 35 3.2 1,318 3.2 28,796 6.7
Widowed 65 5.9 2,041 5.0 13,794 3.2
Never married 569 51.3 19,989 49.0 261,980 61.1

In Tennant Creek, 35.3% of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people were married and 7.6% were either divorced or separated.

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Social marital status
People aged 15 years and over
Tennant Creek % Northern Territory % Australia %
Registered marriage 222 24.2 10,596 31.5 86,716 23.1
De facto marriage 149 16.2 4,254 12.7 60,051 16.0
Not married 547 59.6 18,769 55.8 228,281 60.9

In Tennant Creek, 24.2% of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people were in a registered marriage and 16.2% were in a de facto marriage.

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Education attendance Tennant Creek % Northern Territory % Australia %
Pre-school 27 5.3 1,339 6.0 16,698 6.4
Primary 180 35.6 7,755 34.5 97,859 37.5
Secondary 113 22.3 4,746 21.1 65,208 25.0
Technical or further education institution 6 1.2 470 2.1 14,227 5.5
University or tertiary institution 12 2.4 501 2.2 15,489 5.9
Other 6 1.2 285 1.3 5,047 1.9
Not stated 162 32.0 7,379 32.8 46,428 17.8

Of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people in Tennant Creek, 32.9% were attending an educational institution. Of these, 35.6% were attending a primary school, 22.3% were attending a secondary school and 3.6% were attending a tertiary or technical institution.

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Level of highest educational attainment
People aged 15 years and over
Tennant Creek % Northern Territory % Australia %
Bachelor Degree level and above 16 1.4 959 2.4 24,911 5.8
Advanced Diploma and Diploma level 31 2.8 958 2.3 23,795 5.5
Certificate level IV 24 2.2 736 1.8 14,308 3.3
Certificate level III 66 6.0 2,485 6.1 56,625 13.2
Year 12 106 9.6 4,164 10.2 59,949 14.0
Year 11 103 9.3 3,808 9.3 34,674 8.1
Year 10 181 16.4 6,545 16.1 77,265 18.0
Certificate level II 3 0.3 144 0.4 1,215 0.3
Certificate level I 0 0.0 92 0.2 241 0.1
Year 9 or below 262 23.7 9,036 22.2 64,604 15.1
No educational attainment 62 5.6 1,282 3.1 4,256 1.0
Not stated 240 21.7 9,692 23.8 56,698 13.2

Of people aged 15 and over in Tennant Creek, 9.6% reported having completed Year 12 as their highest level of educational attainment, 7.7% had completed a Certificate III or IV and 2.8% 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 Tennant Creek % Northern Territory % Australia %

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Ancestry, top responses Tennant Creek % Northern Territory % 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 Tennant Creek (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
Tennant Creek % Northern Territory % Australia %
Worked full-time 215 58.0 6,870 45.2 106,960 48.0
Worked part-time 62 16.7 3,130 20.6 61,049 27.4
Away from work 29 7.8 1,142 7.5 14,143 6.4
Unemployed 65 17.5 4,064 26.7 40,486 18.2
Not in the labour force 670 60.5 190,132 44.3

There were people who reported being in the labour force in the week before Census night in Tennant Creek. Of these 58.0% were employed full time, 16.7% were employed part-time and 17.5% 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
Tennant Creek % Northern Territory % Australia %

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

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Median weekly incomes
People aged 15 years and over
Tennant Creek % Northern Territory % Australia %
Personal 293 -- 281 -- 441 --
Household 1,134 -- 1,225 -- 1,203 --

The median weekly personal income for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people in Tennant Creek was $293 and the median weekly household income was $1,134.

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Unpaid work
People aged 15 years and over
Tennant Creek % Northern Territory % Australia %
Did unpaid domestic work (last week) 585 53.0 25,146 61.7 263,334 61.4
Cared for child/children (last two weeks) 337 30.4 17,078 41.9 136,079 31.7
Provided unpaid assistance to a person with a disability (last two weeks) 160 14.4 6,038 14.8 58,541 13.7
Did voluntary work through an organisation or group (last 12 months) 105 9.5 4,298 10.5 63,303 14.8

In Tennant Creek, of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people, 53.0% did unpaid domestic work in the week before the Census. During the two weeks before the Census, 30.4% provided care for children and 14.4% assisted family members or others due to a disability, long term illness or problems related to old age. In the year before the Census, 9.5% of people did voluntary work through an organisation or a group.

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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
Tennant Creek % Northern Territory % Australia %
Average number of people per household 3.6 -- 4 -- 3.2 --
Average number of persons per bedroom 1.3 -- 1.5 -- 1 --
Average number of registered motor vehicles per dwelling 1.1 -- 1.2 -- 1.7 --

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 Tennant Creek, for dwellings occupied by Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people, the average household size was 3.6 persons, with 1.3 persons per bedroom and 1.1 registered motor vehicles per dwelling.

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Housing costs
Occupied private dwellings where at least one person was Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
Tennant Creek % Northern Territory % Australia %
Median weekly rent 150 -- 97 -- 250 --
Median monthly mortgage repayments 1,216 -- 2,167 -- 1,660 --

In Tennant Creek, for dwellings occupied by Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people, the median weekly rent was $150 and the median monthly mortgage repayment was $1,216.

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Family household composition
Counts the types of families within family households at the dwelling level
Tennant Creek % Northern Territory % Australia %
One family household: Couple family with no children 64 17.3 1,718 13.5 42,536 16.2
One family household: Couple family with children 95 25.6 3,854 30.2 80,803 30.7
One family household: One parent family 69 18.6 2,399 18.8 67,528 25.7
One family household: Other family 16 4.3 371 2.9 5,547 2.1
Multiple family household: Couple family with no children 13 3.5 390 3.1 2,223 0.8
Multiple family household: Couple family with children 15 4.0 1,086 8.5 4,951 1.9
Multiple family household: One parent family 20 5.4 826 6.5 5,768 2.2
Multiple family household: Other family 0 0.0 153 1.2 471 0.2
Other household 79 21.3 1,962 15.4 53,195 20.2

In Tennant Creek, of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander households, 20.8% were a couple family with no children, 29.6% were a couple family with children and 24.0% 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
Tennant Creek % Northern Territory % Australia %
Separate house 287 77.6 10,018 79.2 211,205 80.7
Semi-detached, row or terrace house, townhouse etc 16 4.3 1,307 10.3 27,017 10.3
Flat or apartment 54 14.6 1,047 8.3 20,580 7.9
Other dwelling 13 3.5 280 2.2 2,897 1.1

In Tennant Creek there were 365 private dwellings occupied by Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people. Where a dwelling type was stated, 77.6% were separate houses, 4.3% were semi-detached, row or terrace houses, townhouses etc, 14.6% were flats or apartments and 3.5% were other dwellings.

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Tenure
Occupied private dwellings where at least one person was Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
Tennant Creek % Northern Territory % Australia %
Owned outright 23 6.2 727 5.7 32,045 12.2
Owned with a mortgage 54 14.6 2,025 15.9 68,085 25.9
Rented 259 70.2 9,194 72.1 150,832 57.3
Other tenure type 11 3.0 178 1.4 1,888 0.7
Tenure type not stated 22 6.0 630 4.9 10,182 3.9

In Tennant Creek, of dwellings occupied by Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people, 6.2% were owned outright, 14.6% were owned with a mortgage and 70.2% were rented.

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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