2016 Census QuickStats

Australia Western Australia Local Government Areas

Perth (C)

Code LGA57080 (LGA) Search for a Community Profile
People 21,797
Male 52.6%
Female 47.4%
Median age 32
Families 4,371
Average children per family
for families with children 1.3
for all families 0.2
All private dwellings 13,315
Average people per household 1.9
Median weekly household income $1,849
Median monthly mortgage repayments $2,151
Median weekly rent $440
Average motor vehicles per dwelling 1.1

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Expand People category,
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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
Perth (C) % Western Australia % Australia %
Male 11,463 52.6 1,238,419 50.0 11,546,638 49.3
Female 10,332 47.4 1,235,994 50.0 11,855,248 50.7
Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people 168 0.8 75,978 3.1 649,171 2.8

In the 2016 Census, there were 21,797 people in Perth (C) (Local Government Areas). Of these 52.6% were male and 47.4% were female. Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people made up 0.8% of the population.

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Age Perth (C) % Western Australia % Australia %
Median age 32 -- 36 -- 38 --
0-4 years 670 3.1 161,727 6.5 1,464,779 6.3
5-9 years 246 1.1 164,153 6.6 1,502,646 6.4
10-14 years 223 1.0 150,806 6.1 1,397,183 6.0
15-19 years 887 4.1 149,997 6.1 1,421,595 6.1
20-24 years 2,841 13.0 160,332 6.5 1,566,793 6.7
25-29 years 4,097 18.8 184,908 7.5 1,664,602 7.1
30-34 years 3,672 16.8 194,267 7.9 1,703,847 7.3
35-39 years 1,916 8.8 173,041 7.0 1,561,679 6.7
40-44 years 1,163 5.3 171,996 7.0 1,583,257 6.8
45-49 years 1,044 4.8 172,520 7.0 1,581,455 6.8
50-54 years 1,029 4.7 162,438 6.6 1,523,551 6.5
55-59 years 949 4.4 149,899 6.1 1,454,332 6.2
60-64 years 960 4.4 132,145 5.3 1,299,397 5.6
65-69 years 806 3.7 116,755 4.7 1,188,999 5.1
70-74 years 561 2.6 82,911 3.4 887,716 3.8
75-79 years 390 1.8 61,509 2.5 652,657 2.8
80-84 years 196 0.9 42,590 1.7 460,549 2.0
85 years and over 160 0.7 42,420 1.7 486,842 2.1

The median age of people in Perth (C) (Local Government Areas) was 32 years. Children aged 0 - 14 years made up 5.2% of the population and people aged 65 years and over made up 9.7% of the population.

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Registered marital status
People aged 15 years and over
Perth (C) % Western Australia % Australia %
Married 6,889 33.3 975,062 48.8 9,148,218 48.1
Separated 595 2.9 63,205 3.2 608,059 3.2
Divorced 1,648 8.0 167,361 8.4 1,626,890 8.5
Widowed 426 2.1 88,619 4.4 985,204 5.2
Never married 11,099 53.7 703,482 35.2 6,668,910 35.0

Of people in Perth (C) (Local Government Areas) aged 15 years and over, 33.3% were married and 10.9% were either divorced or separated.

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Social marital status
People aged 15 years and over
Perth (C) % Western Australia % Australia %
Registered marriage 4,885 33.3 835,938 48.4 8,001,141 47.7
De facto marriage 2,536 17.3 201,709 11.7 1,751,731 10.4
Not married 7,265 49.5 688,868 39.9 7,024,973 41.9

In Perth (C) (Local Government Areas), of people aged 15 years and over, 33.3% of people were in a registered marriage and 17.3% were in a de facto marriage.

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Education Perth (C) % Western Australia % Australia %
Preschool 74 0.9 30,247 3.9 347,621 4.8
Primary - Government 171 2.1 144,988 18.9 1,314,787 18.2
Primary - Catholic 44 0.5 36,865 4.8 380,604 5.3
Primary - other non Government 43 0.5 28,046 3.7 231,490 3.2
Secondary - Government 130 1.6 88,176 11.5 827,505 11.5
Secondary - Catholic 72 0.9 34,065 4.4 338,384 4.7
Secondary - other non Government 82 1.0 34,773 4.5 280,618 3.9
Technical or further education institution 796 9.8 46,835 6.1 424,869 5.9
University or tertiary institution 2,661 32.7 106,811 13.9 1,160,626 16.1
Other 461 5.7 18,547 2.4 198,383 2.8
Not stated 3,595 44.2 197,644 25.8 1,707,023 23.7

In Perth (C) (Local Government Areas), 37.3% of people were attending an educational institution. Of these, 3.2% were in primary school, 3.5% in secondary school and 42.5% in a tertiary or technical institution.

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Level of highest educational attainment
People aged 15 years and over
Perth (C) % Western Australia % Australia %
Bachelor Degree level and above 8,120 39.3 410,272 20.5 4,181,406 22.0
Advanced Diploma and Diploma level 1,830 8.9 177,631 8.9 1,687,893 8.9
Certificate level IV 368 1.8 62,656 3.1 551,767 2.9
Certificate level III 1,139 5.5 279,448 14.0 2,442,203 12.8
Year 12 3,420 16.5 318,674 16.0 2,994,097 15.7
Year 11 424 2.1 107,858 5.4 941,531 4.9
Year 10 744 3.6 235,001 11.8 2,054,331 10.8
Certificate level II 3 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 337 1.6 117,996 5.9 1,529,897 8.0
No educational attainment 64 0.3 10,572 0.5 145,844 0.8
Not stated 3,749 18.1 220,701 11.0 1,974,794 10.4

Of people aged 15 and over in Perth (C) (Local Government Areas), 16.5% reported having completed Year 12 as their highest level of educational attainment, 7.3% had completed a Certificate III or IV and 8.9% 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 Perth (C) % 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 Perth (C) (Local Government Areas) (including those who did not state an ancestry).

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Country of birth Perth (C) % Western Australia % Australia %
Australia 6,494 29.8 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 Perth (C) % Western Australia % Australia %
Both parents born overseas 12,934 59.3 1,001,150 40.5 8,051,196 34.4
Father only born overseas 876 4.0 184,890 7.5 1,488,092 6.4
Mother only born overseas 722 3.3 144,217 5.8 1,094,591 4.7
Both parents born in Australia 3,651 16.8 947,977 38.3 11,070,538 47.3

In Perth (C) (Local Government Areas), 16.8% of people had both parents born in Australia and 59.3% of people had both parents born overseas.

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Country of birth of father, stated responses Perth (C) % Western Australia % Australia %

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Country of birth of mother, stated responses Perth (C) % Western Australia % Australia %

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Religious affiliation, top responses Perth (C) % Western Australia % Australia %

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Language, top responses (other than English) Perth (C) % Western Australia % Australia %

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People — employment
Employment
People who reported being in the labour force, aged 15 years and over
Perth (C) % Western Australia % Australia %
Worked full-time 7,886 62.1 715,287 57.0 6,623,065 57.7
Worked part-time 2,975 23.4 376,590 30.0 3,491,503 30.4
Away from work 649 5.1 65,859 5.2 569,276 5.0
Unemployed 1,197 9.4 97,966 7.8 787,452 6.9

There were 12,707 people who reported being in the labour force in the week before Census night in Perth (C) (Local Government Areas). Of these 62.1% were employed full time, 23.4% were employed part-time and 9.4% 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
Perth (C) % Western Australia % Australia %
1-15 hours per week 963 8.4 138,263 11.9 1,218,823 11.4
16-24 hours per week 1,173 10.2 114,814 9.9 1,079,236 10.1
25-34 hours per week 835 7.3 123,517 10.7 1,193,445 11.2
35-39 hours per week 2,015 17.5 198,785 17.2 2,031,263 19.0
40 hours or more per week 5,872 51.0 516,501 44.6 4,591,801 43.0

Of employed people in Perth (C) (Local Government Areas), 8.4% worked 1 to 15 hours, 10.2% worked 16 to 24 hours and 51.0% worked 40 hours or more.

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Occupation
Employed people aged 15 years and over
Perth (C) % Western Australia % Australia %

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

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Median weekly incomes
People aged 15 years and over
Perth (C) % Western Australia % Australia %
Personal 928 -- 724 -- 662 --
Family 2,291 -- 1,910 -- 1,734 --
Household 1,849 -- 1,595 -- 1,438 --

The median weekly personal income for people aged 15 years and over in Perth (C) (Local Government Areas) was $928.

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

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Unpaid work
People aged 15 years and over
Perth (C) % Western Australia % Australia %
Did unpaid domestic work (last week) 11,925 57.7 1,387,280 69.4 13,143,914 69.0
Cared for child/children (last two weeks) 2,116 10.2 568,406 28.5 5,259,400 27.6
Provided unpaid assistance to a person with a disability (last two weeks) 1,026 5.0 196,328 9.8 2,145,203 11.3
Did voluntary work through an organisation or group (last 12 months) 3,442 16.7 379,578 19.0 3,620,726 19.0

In Perth (C) (Local Government Areas), of people aged 15 years and over, 57.7% did unpaid domestic work in the week before the Census. During the two weeks before the Census, 10.2% provided care for children and 5.0% assisted family members or others due to a disability, long term illness or problems related to old age. In the year before the Census, 16.7% 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
Perth (C) % Western Australia % Australia %
Less than 5 hours per week 5,700 27.6 447,726 22.4 4,298,593 22.6
5 to 14 hours per week 4,446 21.5 521,733 26.1 4,944,578 26.0
15 to 29 hours per week 1,141 5.5 228,248 11.4 2,189,776 11.5
30 hours or more per week 639 3.1 189,571 9.5 1,710,970 9.0

Of people who did unpaid domestic work in the week before the Census in Perth (C) (Local Government Areas), 21.5% worked 5 to 14 hours, 5.5% worked 15 to 29 hours and 3.1% 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 Perth (C) % Western Australia % Australia %
Couple family without children 3,059 70.0 247,841 38.5 2,291,987 37.8
Couple family with children 843 19.3 292,133 45.3 2,716,224 44.7
One parent family 309 7.1 93,344 14.5 959,543 15.8
Other family 158 3.6 10,869 1.7 102,559 1.7

Of the families in Perth (C) (Local Government Areas), 19.3% were couple families with children, 70.0% were couple families without children and 7.1% were one parent families.

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Single (or lone) parents
Proportion of the total single (or lone) parent population
Perth (C) % Western Australia % Australia %
Male -- 23.5 -- 18.3 -- 18.2
Female -- 76.5 -- 81.7 -- 81.8

In Perth (C) (Local Government Areas), 23.5% of single parents were male and 76.5% 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
Perth (C) % Western Australia % Australia %
Both employed, worked full-time 1,115 28.5 106,951 19.8 1,084,006 21.6
Both employed, worked part-time 195 5.0 22,177 4.1 203,596 4.1
One employed full-time, one part-time 543 13.9 119,913 22.2 1,086,460 21.7
One employed full-time, other not working 760 19.4 88,558 16.4 749,886 15.0
One employed part-time, other not working 220 5.6 31,917 5.9 302,037 6.0
Both not working 475 12.1 93,686 17.4 1,006,697 20.1
Other (includes away from work) 199 5.1 29,973 5.6 264,145 5.3
Labour force status not stated (by one or both parents in a couple family) 403 10.3 46,793 8.7 311,381 6.2

In Perth (C) (Local Government Areas), of couple families with children, 28.5% had both partners employed full-time, 5.0% had both employed part-time and 13.9% 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 Perth (C) % Western Australia % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings 8,761 78.3 866,767 86.7 8,286,073 88.8
Unoccupied private dwellings 2,431 21.7 132,874 13.3 1,039,874 11.2

In Perth (C) (Local Government Areas), 78.3% of private dwellings were occupied and 21.7% were unoccupied.

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Dwelling structure
Occupied private dwellings
Perth (C) % Western Australia % Australia %
Separate house 98 1.1 685,824 79.1 6,041,788 72.9
Semi-detached, row or terrace house, townhouse etc 484 5.5 122,562 14.1 1,055,016 12.7
Flat or apartment 8,101 92.5 49,086 5.7 1,087,434 13.1
Other dwelling 23 0.3 6,314 0.7 64,425 0.8

Of occupied private dwellings in Perth (C) (Local Government Areas), 1.1% were separate houses, 5.5% were semi-detached, row or terrace houses, townhouses etc, 92.5% were flat or apartments and 0.3% were other dwellings.

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Number of bedrooms
Occupied private dwellings
Perth (C) % Western Australia % Australia %
None (includes bedsitters) 134 1.5 2,452 0.3 39,769 0.5
1 bedroom 2,064 23.6 30,043 3.5 411,252 5.0
2 bedrooms 4,449 50.8 107,035 12.3 1,562,759 18.9
3 bedrooms 1,702 19.4 327,662 37.8 3,403,190 41.1
4 or more bedrooms 212 2.4 381,319 44.0 2,670,758 32.2
Number of bedrooms not stated 198 2.3 18,272 2.1 198,351 2.4
Average number of bedrooms per dwelling 2 -- 3.3 -- 3.1 --
Average number of people per household 1.9 -- 2.6 -- 2.6 --

In Perth (C) (Local Government Areas), of occupied private dwellings 23.6% had 1 bedroom, 50.8% had 2 bedrooms and 19.4% had 3 bedrooms. The average number of bedrooms per occupied private dwelling was 2. The average household size was 1.9 people.

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Tenure
Occupied private dwellings
Perth (C) % Western Australia % Australia %
Owned outright 1,231 14.1 247,050 28.5 2,565,695 31.0
Owned with a mortgage 1,797 20.5 344,014 39.7 2,855,222 34.5
Rented 5,478 62.5 245,705 28.3 2,561,302 30.9
Other tenure type 42 0.5 9,181 1.1 78,994 1.0
Tenure type not stated 213 2.4 20,823 2.4 224,869 2.7

Of occupied private dwellings in Perth (C) (Local Government Areas), 14.1% were owned outright, 20.5% were owned with a mortgage and 62.5% were rented.

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Dwellings — household composition
Household composition Perth (C) % Western Australia % Australia %
Family households 4,349 49.6 629,882 72.7 5,907,625 71.3
Single (or lone) person households 3,523 40.2 204,202 23.6 2,023,542 24.4
Group households 893 10.2 32,692 3.8 354,917 4.3

In Perth (C) (Local Government Areas), of all households, 49.6% were family households, 40.2% were single person households and 10.2% were group households.

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Household income Perth (C) % Western Australia % Australia %
Less than $650 gross weekly income -- 17.3 -- 18.3 -- 20.0
More than $3000 gross weekly income -- 25.2 -- 19.2 -- 16.4

In Perth (C) (Local Government Areas), 17.3% of households had a weekly household income of less than $650 and 25.2% 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 Perth (C) % Western Australia % Australia %
Median rent 440 -- 347 -- 335 --
Households where rent payments are less than 30% of household income -- 77.6 -- 90.3 -- 88.5
Households with rent payments greater than or equal to 30% of household income -- 22.4 -- 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 Perth (C) % Western Australia % Australia %
Median mortgage repayments 2,151 -- 1,993 -- 1,755 --
Households where mortgage repayments are less than 30% of household income -- 95.1 -- 91.4 -- 92.8
Households with mortgage repayments greater than or equal to 30% of household income -- 4.9 -- 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 Perth (C) % Western Australia % Australia %
None 1,782 20.3 42,620 4.9 623,829 7.5
1 motor vehicle 4,890 55.8 274,198 31.6 2,881,485 34.8
2 motor vehicles 1,565 17.9 337,355 38.9 2,999,184 36.2
3 or more vehicles 261 3.0 186,678 21.5 1,496,382 18.1
Number of motor vehicles not stated 267 3.0 25,934 3.0 285,197 3.4

In Perth (C) (Local Government Areas), 55.8% of occupied private dwellings had one registered motor vehicle garaged or parked at their address, 17.9% had two registered motor vehicles and 3.0% had three or more registered motor vehicles.

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Dwellings — internet connection
Dwelling internet connection Perth (C) % Western Australia % Australia %
Internet not accessed from dwelling 820 9.4 108,489 12.5 1,172,415 14.1
Internet accessed from dwelling 7,727 88.2 737,659 85.1 6,892,165 83.2
Not stated 216 2.5 20,625 2.4 221,494 2.7

In Perth (C) (Local Government Areas), 88.2% 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.
Perth (C) % Western Australia % Australia %
Male 91 54.2 38,027 50.0 322,171 49.6
Female 77 45.8 37,959 50.0 326,996 50.4
Median age 31 -- 23 -- 23 --

In Perth (C) (Local Government Areas), 54.2% of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people were male and 45.8% were female. The median age was 31 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
Perth (C) % Western Australia % Australia %
Average number of people per household 1.9 -- 3.3 -- 3.2 --
Average number of persons per bedroom 1.1 -- 1 -- 1 --
Median weekly household income 1,958 -- 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 Perth (C) (Local Government Areas), for dwellings occupied by Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people, the average household size was 1.9 persons, with 1.1 persons per bedroom. The median household income was $1,958.

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Mortgage and rent
Occupied private dwellings where at least one person was Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
Perth (C) % Western Australia % Australia %
Median weekly rent 400 -- 216 -- 250 --
Median monthly mortgage repayments 2,000 -- 1,830 -- 1,660 --

In Perth (C) (Local Government Areas), for dwellings occupied by Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people, the median weekly rent was $400 and the median monthly mortgage repayment was $2,000.

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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