2016 Census QuickStats

Australia Western Australia Local Government Areas

Merredin (S)

Code LGA55460 (LGA) Search for a Community Profile
People 3,350
Male 52.6%
Female 47.4%
Median age 38
Families 834
Average children per family
for families with children 2
for all families 0.7
All private dwellings 1,635
Average people per household 2.4
Median weekly household income $1,332
Median monthly mortgage repayments $1,127
Median weekly rent $180
Average motor vehicles per dwelling 2

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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
Merredin (S) % Western Australia % Australia %
Male 1,761 52.6 1,238,419 50.0 11,546,638 49.3
Female 1,587 47.4 1,235,994 50.0 11,855,248 50.7
Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people 234 7.0 75,978 3.1 649,171 2.8

In the 2016 Census, there were 3,350 people in Merredin (S) (Local Government Areas). Of these 52.6% were male and 47.4% were female. Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people made up 7.0% of the population.

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Age Merredin (S) % Western Australia % Australia %
Median age 38 -- 36 -- 38 --
0-4 years 213 6.4 161,727 6.5 1,464,779 6.3
5-9 years 231 6.9 164,153 6.6 1,502,646 6.4
10-14 years 212 6.3 150,806 6.1 1,397,183 6.0
15-19 years 204 6.1 149,997 6.1 1,421,595 6.1
20-24 years 302 9.0 160,332 6.5 1,566,793 6.7
25-29 years 198 5.9 184,908 7.5 1,664,602 7.1
30-34 years 201 6.0 194,267 7.9 1,703,847 7.3
35-39 years 177 5.3 173,041 7.0 1,561,679 6.7
40-44 years 198 5.9 171,996 7.0 1,583,257 6.8
45-49 years 212 6.3 172,520 7.0 1,581,455 6.8
50-54 years 232 6.9 162,438 6.6 1,523,551 6.5
55-59 years 246 7.3 149,899 6.1 1,454,332 6.2
60-64 years 200 6.0 132,145 5.3 1,299,397 5.6
65-69 years 178 5.3 116,755 4.7 1,188,999 5.1
70-74 years 133 4.0 82,911 3.4 887,716 3.8
75-79 years 83 2.5 61,509 2.5 652,657 2.8
80-84 years 60 1.8 42,590 1.7 460,549 2.0
85 years and over 67 2.0 42,420 1.7 486,842 2.1

The median age of people in Merredin (S) (Local Government Areas) was 38 years. Children aged 0 - 14 years made up 19.6% of the population and people aged 65 years and over made up 15.6% of the population.

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Registered marital status
People aged 15 years and over
Merredin (S) % Western Australia % Australia %
Married 1,288 47.7 975,062 48.8 9,148,218 48.1
Separated 106 3.9 63,205 3.2 608,059 3.2
Divorced 217 8.0 167,361 8.4 1,626,890 8.5
Widowed 117 4.3 88,619 4.4 985,204 5.2
Never married 973 36.0 703,482 35.2 6,668,910 35.0

Of people in Merredin (S) (Local Government Areas) aged 15 years and over, 47.7% were married and 12.0% were either divorced or separated.

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Social marital status
People aged 15 years and over
Merredin (S) % Western Australia % Australia %
Registered marriage 1,073 47.1 835,938 48.4 8,001,141 47.7
De facto marriage 291 12.8 201,709 11.7 1,751,731 10.4
Not married 913 40.1 688,868 39.9 7,024,973 41.9

In Merredin (S) (Local Government Areas), of people aged 15 years and over, 47.1% of people were in a registered marriage and 12.8% were in a de facto marriage.

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Education Merredin (S) % Western Australia % Australia %
Preschool 32 3.2 30,247 3.9 347,621 4.8
Primary - Government 159 16.0 144,988 18.9 1,314,787 18.2
Primary - Catholic 130 13.1 36,865 4.8 380,604 5.3
Primary - other non Government 3 0.3 28,046 3.7 231,490 3.2
Secondary - Government 222 22.4 88,176 11.5 827,505 11.5
Secondary - Catholic 3 0.3 34,065 4.4 338,384 4.7
Secondary - other non Government 3 0.3 34,773 4.5 280,618 3.9
Technical or further education institution 53 5.3 46,835 6.1 424,869 5.9
University or tertiary institution 28 2.8 106,811 13.9 1,160,626 16.1
Other 80 8.1 18,547 2.4 198,383 2.8
Not stated 280 28.2 197,644 25.8 1,707,023 23.7

In Merredin (S) (Local Government Areas), 29.6% of people were attending an educational institution. Of these, 30.0% were in primary school, 22.7% in secondary school and 8.2% in a tertiary or technical institution.

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Level of highest educational attainment
People aged 15 years and over
Merredin (S) % Western Australia % Australia %
Bachelor Degree level and above 252 9.3 410,272 20.5 4,181,406 22.0
Advanced Diploma and Diploma level 154 5.7 177,631 8.9 1,687,893 8.9
Certificate level IV 88 3.2 62,656 3.1 551,767 2.9
Certificate level III 367 13.5 279,448 14.0 2,442,203 12.8
Year 12 487 18.0 318,674 16.0 2,994,097 15.7
Year 11 204 7.5 107,858 5.4 941,531 4.9
Year 10 476 17.6 235,001 11.8 2,054,331 10.8
Certificate level II 0 0.0 940 0.0 13,454 0.1
Certificate level I 0 0.0 209 0.0 2,176 0.0
Year 9 or below 244 9.0 117,996 5.9 1,529,897 8.0
No educational attainment 21 0.8 10,572 0.5 145,844 0.8
Not stated 360 13.3 220,701 11.0 1,974,794 10.4

Of people aged 15 and over in Merredin (S) (Local Government Areas), 18.0% reported having completed Year 12 as their highest level of educational attainment, 17.0% had completed a Certificate III or IV and 5.7% 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 Merredin (S) % Western Australia % 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 Merredin (S) (Local Government Areas) (including those who did not state an ancestry).

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Country of birth Merredin (S) % Western Australia % Australia %
Australia 2,549 76.3 1,492,842 60.3 15,614,835 66.7
Other top responses

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Country of birth of father and/or mother, stated responses Merredin (S) % Western Australia % Australia %
Both parents born overseas 636 19.0 1,001,150 40.5 8,051,196 34.4
Father only born overseas 212 6.3 184,890 7.5 1,488,092 6.4
Mother only born overseas 192 5.7 144,217 5.8 1,094,591 4.7
Both parents born in Australia 2,045 61.0 947,977 38.3 11,070,538 47.3

In Merredin (S) (Local Government Areas), 61.0% of people had both parents born in Australia and 19.0% of people had both parents born overseas.

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Country of birth of father, stated responses Merredin (S) % Western Australia % Australia %

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Country of birth of mother, stated responses Merredin (S) % Western Australia % Australia %

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Religious affiliation, top responses Merredin (S) % Western Australia % Australia %

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Language, top responses (other than English) Merredin (S) % Western Australia % Australia %

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People — employment
Employment
People who reported being in the labour force, aged 15 years and over
Merredin (S) % Western Australia % Australia %
Worked full-time 968 61.5 715,287 57.0 6,623,065 57.7
Worked part-time 411 26.1 376,590 30.0 3,491,503 30.4
Away from work 117 7.4 65,859 5.2 569,276 5.0
Unemployed 79 5.0 97,966 7.8 787,452 6.9

There were 1,575 people who reported being in the labour force in the week before Census night in Merredin (S) (Local Government Areas). Of these 61.5% were employed full time, 26.1% were employed part-time and 5.0% 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
Merredin (S) % Western Australia % Australia %
1-15 hours per week 134 8.9 138,263 11.9 1,218,823 11.4
16-24 hours per week 119 7.9 114,814 9.9 1,079,236 10.1
25-34 hours per week 157 10.4 123,517 10.7 1,193,445 11.2
35-39 hours per week 246 16.4 198,785 17.2 2,031,263 19.0
40 hours or more per week 726 48.3 516,501 44.6 4,591,801 43.0

Of employed people in Merredin (S) (Local Government Areas), 8.9% worked 1 to 15 hours, 7.9% worked 16 to 24 hours and 48.3% worked 40 hours or more.

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Occupation
Employed people aged 15 years and over
Merredin (S) % Western Australia % Australia %

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Industry of employment, top responses
Employed people aged 15 years and over
Merredin (S) % Western Australia % Australia %

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Median weekly incomes
People aged 15 years and over
Merredin (S) % Western Australia % Australia %
Personal 661 -- 724 -- 662 --
Family 1,708 -- 1,910 -- 1,734 --
Household 1,332 -- 1,595 -- 1,438 --

The median weekly personal income for people aged 15 years and over in Merredin (S) (Local Government Areas) was $661.

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Travel to work, top responses
Employed people aged 15 years and over
Merredin (S) % Western Australia % Australia %

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Unpaid work
People aged 15 years and over
Merredin (S) % Western Australia % Australia %
Did unpaid domestic work (last week) 1,830 68.1 1,387,280 69.4 13,143,914 69.0
Cared for child/children (last two weeks) 661 24.5 568,406 28.5 5,259,400 27.6
Provided unpaid assistance to a person with a disability (last two weeks) 234 8.7 196,328 9.8 2,145,203 11.3
Did voluntary work through an organisation or group (last 12 months) 763 28.3 379,578 19.0 3,620,726 19.0

In Merredin (S) (Local Government Areas), of people aged 15 years and over, 68.1% did unpaid domestic work in the week before the Census. During the two weeks before the Census, 24.5% provided care for children and 8.7% assisted family members or others due to a disability, long term illness or problems related to old age. In the year before the Census, 28.3% of people did voluntary work through an organisation or a group.

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Unpaid domestic work, number of hours
People aged 15 years and over
Merredin (S) % Western Australia % Australia %
Less than 5 hours per week 501 18.6 447,726 22.4 4,298,593 22.6
5 to 14 hours per week 726 26.9 521,733 26.1 4,944,578 26.0
15 to 29 hours per week 309 11.5 228,248 11.4 2,189,776 11.5
30 hours or more per week 300 11.1 189,571 9.5 1,710,970 9.0

Of people who did unpaid domestic work in the week before the Census in Merredin (S) (Local Government Areas), 26.9% worked 5 to 14 hours, 11.5% worked 15 to 29 hours and 11.1% 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 Merredin (S) % Western Australia % Australia %
Couple family without children 384 46.2 247,841 38.5 2,291,987 37.8
Couple family with children 317 38.1 292,133 45.3 2,716,224 44.7
One parent family 119 14.3 93,344 14.5 959,543 15.8
Other family 12 1.4 10,869 1.7 102,559 1.7

Of the families in Merredin (S) (Local Government Areas), 38.1% were couple families with children, 46.2% were couple families without children and 14.3% were one parent families.

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Single (or lone) parents
Proportion of the total single (or lone) parent population
Merredin (S) % Western Australia % Australia %
Male -- 27.1 -- 18.3 -- 18.2
Female -- 72.9 -- 81.7 -- 81.8

In Merredin (S) (Local Government Areas), 27.1% of single parents were male and 72.9% 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
Merredin (S) % Western Australia % Australia %
Both employed, worked full-time 160 23.1 106,951 19.8 1,084,006 21.6
Both employed, worked part-time 18 2.6 22,177 4.1 203,596 4.1
One employed full-time, one part-time 166 23.9 119,913 22.2 1,086,460 21.7
One employed full-time, other not working 97 14.0 88,558 16.4 749,886 15.0
One employed part-time, other not working 38 5.5 31,917 5.9 302,037 6.0
Both not working 125 18.0 93,686 17.4 1,006,697 20.1
Other (includes away from work) 51 7.3 29,973 5.6 264,145 5.3
Labour force status not stated (by one or both parents in a couple family) 39 5.6 46,793 8.7 311,381 6.2

In Merredin (S) (Local Government Areas), of couple families with children, 23.1% had both partners employed full-time, 2.6% had both employed part-time and 23.9% 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 internet connection

Dwellings — dwelling structure

Dwelling tables exclude visitor only and other non-classifiable households

Dwelling count Merredin (S) % Western Australia % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings 1,213 81.5 866,767 86.7 8,286,073 88.8
Unoccupied private dwellings 276 18.5 132,874 13.3 1,039,874 11.2

In Merredin (S) (Local Government Areas), 81.5% of private dwellings were occupied and 18.5% were unoccupied.

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Dwelling structure
Occupied private dwellings
Merredin (S) % Western Australia % Australia %
Separate house 1,147 94.6 685,824 79.1 6,041,788 72.9
Semi-detached, row or terrace house, townhouse etc 43 3.5 122,562 14.1 1,055,016 12.7
Flat or apartment 10 0.8 49,086 5.7 1,087,434 13.1
Other dwelling 6 0.5 6,314 0.7 64,425 0.8

Of occupied private dwellings in Merredin (S) (Local Government Areas), 94.6% were separate houses, 3.5% were semi-detached, row or terrace houses, townhouses etc, 0.8% were flat or apartments and 0.5% were other dwellings.

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Number of bedrooms
Occupied private dwellings
Merredin (S) % Western Australia % Australia %
None (includes bedsitters) 3 0.2 2,452 0.3 39,769 0.5
1 bedroom 45 3.7 30,043 3.5 411,252 5.0
2 bedrooms 169 13.9 107,035 12.3 1,562,759 18.9
3 bedrooms 566 46.5 327,662 37.8 3,403,190 41.1
4 or more bedrooms 397 32.6 381,319 44.0 2,670,758 32.2
Number of bedrooms not stated 38 3.1 18,272 2.1 198,351 2.4
Average number of bedrooms per dwelling 3.2 -- 3.3 -- 3.1 --
Average number of people per household 2.4 -- 2.6 -- 2.6 --

In Merredin (S) (Local Government Areas), of occupied private dwellings 3.7% had 1 bedroom, 13.9% had 2 bedrooms and 46.5% had 3 bedrooms. The average number of bedrooms per occupied private dwelling was 3.2. The average household size was 2.4 people.

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Tenure
Occupied private dwellings
Merredin (S) % Western Australia % Australia %
Owned outright 403 33.1 247,050 28.5 2,565,695 31.0
Owned with a mortgage 362 29.7 344,014 39.7 2,855,222 34.5
Rented 394 32.3 245,705 28.3 2,561,302 30.9
Other tenure type 12 1.0 9,181 1.1 78,994 1.0
Tenure type not stated 47 3.9 20,823 2.4 224,869 2.7

Of occupied private dwellings in Merredin (S) (Local Government Areas), 33.1% were owned outright, 29.7% were owned with a mortgage and 32.3% were rented.

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Dwellings — household composition
Household composition Merredin (S) % Western Australia % Australia %
Family households 822 67.6 629,882 72.7 5,907,625 71.3
Single (or lone) person households 354 29.1 204,202 23.6 2,023,542 24.4
Group households 40 3.3 32,692 3.8 354,917 4.3

In Merredin (S) (Local Government Areas), of all households, 67.6% were family households, 29.1% were single person households and 3.3% were group households.

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Household income Merredin (S) % Western Australia % Australia %
Less than $650 gross weekly income -- 23.4 -- 18.3 -- 20.0
More than $3000 gross weekly income -- 13.0 -- 19.2 -- 16.4

In Merredin (S) (Local Government Areas), 23.4% of households had a weekly household income of less than $650 and 13.0% 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 Merredin (S) % Western Australia % Australia %
Median rent 180 -- 347 -- 335 --
Households where rent payments are less than 30% of household income -- 94.6 -- 90.3 -- 88.5
Households with rent payments greater than or equal to 30% of household income -- 5.4 -- 9.7 -- 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 Merredin (S) % Western Australia % Australia %
Median mortgage repayments 1,127 -- 1,993 -- 1,755 --
Households where mortgage repayments are less than 30% of household income -- 96.2 -- 91.4 -- 92.8
Households with mortgage repayments greater than or equal to 30% of household income -- 3.8 -- 8.6 -- 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 Merredin (S) % Western Australia % Australia %
None 86 7.1 42,620 4.9 623,829 7.5
1 motor vehicle 327 26.9 274,198 31.6 2,881,485 34.8
2 motor vehicles 446 36.7 337,355 38.9 2,999,184 36.2
3 or more vehicles 296 24.4 186,678 21.5 1,496,382 18.1
Number of motor vehicles not stated 59 4.9 25,934 3.0 285,197 3.4

In Merredin (S) (Local Government Areas), 26.9% of occupied private dwellings had one registered motor vehicle garaged or parked at their address, 36.7% had two registered motor vehicles and 24.4% had three or more registered motor vehicles.

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Dwellings — internet connection
Dwelling internet connection Merredin (S) % Western Australia % Australia %
Internet not accessed from dwelling 252 20.7 108,489 12.5 1,172,415 14.1
Internet accessed from dwelling 916 75.4 737,659 85.1 6,892,165 83.2
Not stated 47 3.9 20,625 2.4 221,494 2.7

In Merredin (S) (Local Government Areas), 75.4% 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.
Merredin (S) % Western Australia % Australia %
Male 111 49.3 38,027 50.0 322,171 49.6
Female 114 50.7 37,959 50.0 326,996 50.4
Median age 20 -- 23 -- 23 --

In Merredin (S) (Local Government Areas), 49.3% of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people were male and 50.7% were female. The median age was 20 years.

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Dwelling characteristics - Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander households

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
Merredin (S) % Western Australia % Australia %
Average number of people per household 3.3 -- 3.3 -- 3.2 --
Average number of persons per bedroom 1.1 -- 1 -- 1 --
Median weekly household income 1,028 -- 1,210 -- 1,203 --

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 Merredin (S) (Local Government Areas), for dwellings occupied by Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people, the average household size was 3.3 persons, with 1.1 persons per bedroom. The median household income was $1,028.

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Mortgage and rent
Occupied private dwellings where at least one person was Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
Merredin (S) % Western Australia % Australia %
Median weekly rent 170 -- 216 -- 250 --
Median monthly mortgage repayments 1,213 -- 1,830 -- 1,660 --

In Merredin (S) (Local Government Areas), for dwellings occupied by Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people, the median weekly rent was $170 and the median monthly mortgage repayment was $1,213.

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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