2016 Census QuickStats

Australia Tasmania Local Government Areas

West Coast (M)

Code LGA65610 (LGA) Search for a Community Profile
People 4,149
Male 52%
Female 48%
Median age 44
Families 1,052
Average children per family
for families with children 1.8
for all families 0.6
All private dwellings 2,924
Average people per household 2.1
Median weekly household income $910
Median monthly mortgage repayments $673
Median weekly rent $135
Average motor vehicles per dwelling 1.6

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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
West Coast (M) % Tasmania % Australia %
Male 2,159 52.0 249,478 48.9 11,546,638 49.3
Female 1,992 48.0 260,482 51.1 11,855,248 50.7
Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people 304 7.3 23,572 4.6 649,171 2.8

In the 2016 Census, there were 4,149 people in West Coast (M) (Local Government Areas). Of these 52.0% were male and 48.0% were female. Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people made up 7.3% of the population.

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Age West Coast (M) % Tasmania % Australia %
Median age 44 -- 42 -- 38 --
0-4 years 260 6.3 28,469 5.6 1,464,779 6.3
5-9 years 273 6.6 31,514 6.2 1,502,646 6.4
10-14 years 236 5.7 30,219 5.9 1,397,183 6.0
15-19 years 177 4.3 31,078 6.1 1,421,595 6.1
20-24 years 203 4.9 29,865 5.9 1,566,793 6.7
25-29 years 250 6.0 28,703 5.6 1,664,602 7.1
30-34 years 217 5.2 29,328 5.8 1,703,847 7.3
35-39 years 250 6.0 28,333 5.6 1,561,679 6.7
40-44 years 252 6.1 31,495 6.2 1,583,257 6.8
45-49 years 329 7.9 34,512 6.8 1,581,455 6.8
50-54 years 335 8.1 35,538 7.0 1,523,551 6.5
55-59 years 358 8.6 37,378 7.3 1,454,332 6.2
60-64 years 308 7.4 34,778 6.8 1,299,397 5.6
65-69 years 247 5.9 32,945 6.5 1,188,999 5.1
70-74 years 202 4.9 24,434 4.8 887,716 3.8
75-79 years 139 3.3 17,613 3.5 652,657 2.8
80-84 years 83 2.0 11,994 2.4 460,549 2.0
85 years and over 38 0.9 11,767 2.3 486,842 2.1

The median age of people in West Coast (M) (Local Government Areas) was 44 years. Children aged 0 - 14 years made up 18.5% of the population and people aged 65 years and over made up 17.1% of the population.

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Registered marital status
People aged 15 years and over
West Coast (M) % Tasmania % Australia %
Married 1,379 40.8 193,360 46.1 9,148,218 48.1
Separated 172 5.1 14,675 3.5 608,059 3.2
Divorced 343 10.1 43,274 10.3 1,626,890 8.5
Widowed 205 6.1 26,962 6.4 985,204 5.2
Never married 1,285 38.0 141,488 33.7 6,668,910 35.0

Of people in West Coast (M) (Local Government Areas) aged 15 years and over, 40.8% were married and 15.3% were either divorced or separated.

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Social marital status
People aged 15 years and over
West Coast (M) % Tasmania % Australia %
Registered marriage 1,202 41.1 167,398 45.8 8,001,141 47.7
De facto marriage 477 16.3 45,527 12.5 1,751,731 10.4
Not married 1,244 42.6 152,391 41.7 7,024,973 41.9

In West Coast (M) (Local Government Areas), of people aged 15 years and over, 41.1% of people were in a registered marriage and 16.3% were in a de facto marriage.

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Education West Coast (M) % Tasmania % Australia %
Preschool 32 3.0 3,736 2.5 347,621 4.8
Primary - Government 190 17.7 31,234 21.3 1,314,787 18.2
Primary - Catholic 163 15.1 8,077 5.5 380,604 5.3
Primary - other non Government 7 0.7 4,467 3.0 231,490 3.2
Secondary - Government 168 15.6 17,971 12.2 827,505 11.5
Secondary - Catholic 7 0.7 6,630 4.5 338,384 4.7
Secondary - other non Government 6 0.6 4,840 3.3 280,618 3.9
Technical or further education institution 51 4.7 10,630 7.2 424,869 5.9
University or tertiary institution 49 4.6 18,250 12.4 1,160,626 16.1
Other 19 1.8 2,810 1.9 198,383 2.8
Not stated 384 35.7 38,329 26.1 1,707,023 23.7

In West Coast (M) (Local Government Areas), 25.9% of people were attending an educational institution. Of these, 33.5% were in primary school, 16.7% in secondary school and 9.3% in a tertiary or technical institution.

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Level of highest educational attainment
People aged 15 years and over
West Coast (M) % Tasmania % Australia %
Bachelor Degree level and above 236 7.0 67,863 16.2 4,181,406 22.0
Advanced Diploma and Diploma level 170 5.0 31,487 7.5 1,687,893 8.9
Certificate level IV 80 2.4 12,132 2.9 551,767 2.9
Certificate level III 612 18.1 62,121 14.8 2,442,203 12.8
Year 12 312 9.2 50,460 12.0 2,994,097 15.7
Year 11 189 5.6 19,697 4.7 941,531 4.9
Year 10 817 24.1 73,242 17.4 2,054,331 10.8
Certificate level II 3 0.1 384 0.1 13,454 0.1
Certificate level I 0 0.0 48 0.0 2,176 0.0
Year 9 or below 410 12.1 43,314 10.3 1,529,897 8.0
No educational attainment 10 0.3 1,641 0.4 145,844 0.8
Not stated 467 13.8 46,190 11.0 1,974,794 10.4

Of people aged 15 and over in West Coast (M) (Local Government Areas), 9.2% reported having completed Year 12 as their highest level of educational attainment, 20.4% had completed a Certificate III or IV and 5.0% 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 West Coast (M) % Tasmania % 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 West Coast (M) (Local Government Areas) (including those who did not state an ancestry).

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Country of birth West Coast (M) % Tasmania % Australia %
Australia 3,393 82.1 411,490 80.7 15,614,835 66.7
Other top responses

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Country of birth of father and/or mother, stated responses West Coast (M) % Tasmania % Australia %
Both parents born overseas 442 10.6 73,757 14.5 8,051,196 34.4
Father only born overseas 193 4.6 27,091 5.3 1,488,092 6.4
Mother only born overseas 87 2.1 18,595 3.6 1,094,591 4.7
Both parents born in Australia 3,061 73.7 353,447 69.3 11,070,538 47.3

In West Coast (M) (Local Government Areas), 73.7% of people had both parents born in Australia and 10.6% of people had both parents born overseas.

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Country of birth of father, stated responses West Coast (M) % Tasmania % Australia %

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Country of birth of mother, stated responses West Coast (M) % Tasmania % Australia %

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Religious affiliation, top responses West Coast (M) % Tasmania % Australia %

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Language, top responses (other than English) West Coast (M) % Tasmania % Australia %

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People — employment
Employment
People who reported being in the labour force, aged 15 years and over
West Coast (M) % Tasmania % Australia %
Worked full-time 887 50.3 121,822 52.3 6,623,065 57.7
Worked part-time 514 29.1 81,601 35.0 3,491,503 30.4
Away from work 120 6.8 13,162 5.7 569,276 5.0
Unemployed 243 13.8 16,365 7.0 787,452 6.9

There were 1,764 people who reported being in the labour force in the week before Census night in West Coast (M) (Local Government Areas). Of these 50.3% were employed full time, 29.1% were employed part-time and 13.8% 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
West Coast (M) % Tasmania % Australia %
1-15 hours per week 208 13.7 28,693 13.2 1,218,823 11.4
16-24 hours per week 153 10.1 24,125 11.1 1,079,236 10.1
25-34 hours per week 154 10.2 28,779 13.3 1,193,445 11.2
35-39 hours per week 179 11.8 42,568 19.7 2,031,263 19.0
40 hours or more per week 706 46.5 79,249 36.6 4,591,801 43.0

Of employed people in West Coast (M) (Local Government Areas), 13.7% worked 1 to 15 hours, 10.1% worked 16 to 24 hours and 46.5% worked 40 hours or more.

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Occupation
Employed people aged 15 years and over
West Coast (M) % Tasmania % Australia %

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Industry of employment, top responses
Employed people aged 15 years and over
West Coast (M) % Tasmania % Australia %

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Median weekly incomes
People aged 15 years and over
West Coast (M) % Tasmania % Australia %
Personal 469 -- 573 -- 662 --
Family 1,258 -- 1,399 -- 1,734 --
Household 910 -- 1,100 -- 1,438 --

The median weekly personal income for people aged 15 years and over in West Coast (M) (Local Government Areas) was $469.

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Travel to work, top responses
Employed people aged 15 years and over
West Coast (M) % Tasmania % Australia %

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Unpaid work
People aged 15 years and over
West Coast (M) % Tasmania % Australia %
Did unpaid domestic work (last week) 2,235 66.0 295,218 70.3 13,143,914 69.0
Cared for child/children (last two weeks) 832 24.6 111,542 26.6 5,259,400 27.6
Provided unpaid assistance to a person with a disability (last two weeks) 362 10.7 49,528 11.8 2,145,203 11.3
Did voluntary work through an organisation or group (last 12 months) 686 20.3 89,216 21.3 3,620,726 19.0

In West Coast (M) (Local Government Areas), of people aged 15 years and over, 66.0% did unpaid domestic work in the week before the Census. During the two weeks before the Census, 24.6% provided care for children and 10.7% assisted family members or others due to a disability, long term illness or problems related to old age. In the year before the Census, 20.3% 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
West Coast (M) % Tasmania % Australia %
Less than 5 hours per week 539 15.9 83,591 19.9 4,298,593 22.6
5 to 14 hours per week 816 24.1 113,245 27.0 4,944,578 26.0
15 to 29 hours per week 450 13.3 55,346 13.2 2,189,776 11.5
30 hours or more per week 435 12.8 43,040 10.3 1,710,970 9.0

Of people who did unpaid domestic work in the week before the Census in West Coast (M) (Local Government Areas), 24.1% worked 5 to 14 hours, 13.3% worked 15 to 29 hours and 12.8% 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 West Coast (M) % Tasmania % Australia %
Couple family without children 491 46.7 57,849 43.1 2,291,987 37.8
Couple family with children 370 35.2 51,286 38.2 2,716,224 44.7
One parent family 175 16.7 23,423 17.4 959,543 15.8
Other family 15 1.4 1,781 1.3 102,559 1.7

Of the families in West Coast (M) (Local Government Areas), 35.2% were couple families with children, 46.7% were couple families without children and 16.7% were one parent families.

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Single (or lone) parents
Proportion of the total single (or lone) parent population
West Coast (M) % Tasmania % Australia %
Male -- 21.5 -- 19.4 -- 18.2
Female -- 78.5 -- 80.6 -- 81.8

In West Coast (M) (Local Government Areas), 21.5% of single parents were male and 78.5% 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
West Coast (M) % Tasmania % Australia %
Both employed, worked full-time 93 10.9 18,546 17.0 1,084,006 21.6
Both employed, worked part-time 26 3.1 5,538 5.1 203,596 4.1
One employed full-time, one part-time 152 17.9 24,746 22.7 1,086,460 21.7
One employed full-time, other not working 167 19.6 12,935 11.9 749,886 15.0
One employed part-time, other not working 72 8.5 7,876 7.2 302,037 6.0
Both not working 232 27.3 26,810 24.6 1,006,697 20.1
Other (includes away from work) 53 6.2 6,016 5.5 264,145 5.3
Labour force status not stated (by one or both parents in a couple family) 56 6.6 6,662 6.1 311,381 6.2

In West Coast (M) (Local Government Areas), of couple families with children, 10.9% had both partners employed full-time, 3.1% had both employed part-time and 17.9% 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 West Coast (M) % Tasmania % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings 1,757 65.1 197,575 86.0 8,286,073 88.8
Unoccupied private dwellings 942 34.9 32,135 14.0 1,039,874 11.2

In West Coast (M) (Local Government Areas), 65.1% of private dwellings were occupied and 34.9% were unoccupied.

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Dwelling structure
Occupied private dwellings
West Coast (M) % Tasmania % Australia %
Separate house 1,629 92.7 172,998 87.6 6,041,788 72.9
Semi-detached, row or terrace house, townhouse etc 59 3.4 11,376 5.8 1,055,016 12.7
Flat or apartment 55 3.1 11,267 5.7 1,087,434 13.1
Other dwelling 0 0.0 1,202 0.6 64,425 0.8

Of occupied private dwellings in West Coast (M) (Local Government Areas), 92.7% were separate houses, 3.4% were semi-detached, row or terrace houses, townhouses etc, 3.1% were flat or apartments and 0.0% were other dwellings.

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Number of bedrooms
Occupied private dwellings
West Coast (M) % Tasmania % Australia %
None (includes bedsitters) 4 0.2 772 0.4 39,769 0.5
1 bedroom 68 3.8 9,381 4.7 411,252 5.0
2 bedrooms 358 20.2 40,523 20.5 1,562,759 18.9
3 bedrooms 1,013 57.3 99,381 50.3 3,403,190 41.1
4 or more bedrooms 271 15.3 42,983 21.8 2,670,758 32.2
Number of bedrooms not stated 55 3.1 4,535 2.3 198,351 2.4
Average number of bedrooms per dwelling 2.9 -- 3 -- 3.1 --
Average number of people per household 2.1 -- 2.3 -- 2.6 --

In West Coast (M) (Local Government Areas), of occupied private dwellings 3.8% had 1 bedroom, 20.2% had 2 bedrooms and 57.3% had 3 bedrooms. The average number of bedrooms per occupied private dwelling was 2.9. The average household size was 2.1 people.

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Tenure
Occupied private dwellings
West Coast (M) % Tasmania % Australia %
Owned outright 741 41.9 70,444 35.7 2,565,695 31.0
Owned with a mortgage 427 24.1 66,218 33.5 2,855,222 34.5
Rented 525 29.7 54,034 27.3 2,561,302 30.9
Other tenure type 13 0.7 1,676 0.8 78,994 1.0
Tenure type not stated 64 3.6 5,201 2.6 224,869 2.7

Of occupied private dwellings in West Coast (M) (Local Government Areas), 41.9% were owned outright, 24.1% were owned with a mortgage and 29.7% were rented.

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Dwellings — household composition
Household composition West Coast (M) % Tasmania % Australia %
Family households 1,047 59.4 132,574 67.1 5,907,625 71.3
Single (or lone) person households 658 37.3 58,517 29.6 2,023,542 24.4
Group households 58 3.3 6,492 3.3 354,917 4.3

In West Coast (M) (Local Government Areas), of all households, 59.4% were family households, 37.3% were single person households and 3.3% were group households.

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Household income West Coast (M) % Tasmania % Australia %
Less than $650 gross weekly income -- 35.8 -- 26.3 -- 20.0
More than $3000 gross weekly income -- 5.8 -- 8.3 -- 16.4

In West Coast (M) (Local Government Areas), 35.8% of households had a weekly household income of less than $650 and 5.8% 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 West Coast (M) % Tasmania % Australia %
Median rent 135 -- 230 -- 335 --
Households where rent payments are less than 30% of household income -- 94.5 -- 89.8 -- 88.5
Households with rent payments greater than or equal to 30% of household income -- 5.5 -- 10.2 -- 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 West Coast (M) % Tasmania % Australia %
Median mortgage repayments 673 -- 1,300 -- 1,755 --
Households where mortgage repayments are less than 30% of household income -- 97.2 -- 94.9 -- 92.8
Households with mortgage repayments greater than or equal to 30% of household income -- 2.8 -- 5.1 -- 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 West Coast (M) % Tasmania % Australia %
None 151 8.5 13,694 6.9 623,829 7.5
1 motor vehicle 705 39.8 69,261 35.1 2,881,485 34.8
2 motor vehicles 591 33.4 69,092 35.0 2,999,184 36.2
3 or more vehicles 235 13.3 38,398 19.4 1,496,382 18.1
Number of motor vehicles not stated 88 5.0 7,139 3.6 285,197 3.4

In West Coast (M) (Local Government Areas), 39.8% of occupied private dwellings had one registered motor vehicle garaged or parked at their address, 33.4% had two registered motor vehicles and 13.3% had three or more registered motor vehicles.

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Dwellings — internet connection
Dwelling internet connection West Coast (M) % Tasmania % Australia %
Internet not accessed from dwelling 444 25.2 38,482 19.5 1,172,415 14.1
Internet accessed from dwelling 1,256 71.2 154,061 78.0 6,892,165 83.2
Not stated 63 3.6 5,032 2.5 221,494 2.7

In West Coast (M) (Local Government Areas), 71.2% 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.
West Coast (M) % Tasmania % Australia %
Male 169 54.0 11,578 49.1 322,171 49.6
Female 144 46.0 11,993 50.9 326,996 50.4
Median age 26 -- 24 -- 23 --

In West Coast (M) (Local Government Areas), 54.0% of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people were male and 46.0% were female. The median age was 26 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
West Coast (M) % Tasmania % Australia %
Average number of people per household 2.5 -- 2.9 -- 3.2 --
Average number of persons per bedroom 0.9 -- 1 -- 1 --
Median weekly household income 1,136 -- 1,079 -- 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 West Coast (M) (Local Government Areas), for dwellings occupied by Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people, the average household size was 2.5 persons, with 0.9 persons per bedroom. The median household income was $1,136.

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Mortgage and rent
Occupied private dwellings where at least one person was Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
West Coast (M) % Tasmania % Australia %
Median weekly rent 155 -- 220 -- 250 --
Median monthly mortgage repayments 540 -- 1,300 -- 1,660 --

In West Coast (M) (Local Government Areas), for dwellings occupied by Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people, the median weekly rent was $155 and the median monthly mortgage repayment was $540.

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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