2016 Census QuickStats

Australia New South Wales State Suburbs

Lightning Ridge

Code SSC12320 (SSC) Search for a Community Profile
People 2,284
Male 54.2%
Female 45.8%
Median age 51
Families 511
Average children per family
for families with children 1.9
for all families 0.5
All private dwellings 1,594
Average people per household 2
Median weekly household income $681
Median monthly mortgage repayments $867
Median weekly rent $150
Average motor vehicles per dwelling 1.5

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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
Persons count based on place of usual residence on Census night
Lightning Ridge % New South Wales % Australia %
Male 1,241 54.2 3,686,014 49.3 11,546,638 49.3
Female 1,047 45.8 3,794,217 50.7 11,855,248 50.7
Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people 517 22.7 216,176 2.9 649,171 2.8

In the 2016 Census, there were 2,284 people in Lightning Ridge (State Suburbs). Of these 54.2% were male and 45.8% were female. Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people made up 22.7% of the population.

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Age Lightning Ridge % New South Wales % Australia %
Median age 51 -- 38 -- 38 --
0-4 years 106 4.6 465,135 6.2 1,464,779 6.3
5-9 years 114 5.0 478,184 6.4 1,502,646 6.4
10-14 years 118 5.1 443,009 5.9 1,397,183 6.0
15-19 years 87 3.8 448,425 6.0 1,421,595 6.1
20-24 years 100 4.4 489,673 6.5 1,566,793 6.7
25-29 years 98 4.3 527,161 7.0 1,664,602 7.1
30-34 years 111 4.8 540,360 7.2 1,703,847 7.3
35-39 years 122 5.3 499,724 6.7 1,561,679 6.7
40-44 years 107 4.7 503,169 6.7 1,583,257 6.8
45-49 years 144 6.3 492,440 6.6 1,581,455 6.8
50-54 years 185 8.1 485,546 6.5 1,523,551 6.5
55-59 years 195 8.5 469,726 6.3 1,454,332 6.2
60-64 years 168 7.3 420,044 5.6 1,299,397 5.6
65-69 years 192 8.4 384,470 5.1 1,188,999 5.1
70-74 years 196 8.5 292,556 3.9 887,716 3.8
75-79 years 150 6.5 217,308 2.9 652,657 2.8
80-84 years 62 2.7 155,806 2.1 460,549 2.0
85 years and over 39 1.7 167,506 2.2 486,842 2.1

The median age of people in Lightning Ridge (State Suburbs) was 51 years. Children aged 0 - 14 years made up 14.7% of the population and people aged 65 years and over made up 27.9% of the population.

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Registered marital status
People aged 15 years and over
Lightning Ridge % New South Wales % Australia %
Married 598 30.8 2,965,280 48.7 9,148,218 48.1
Separated 100 5.1 190,198 3.1 608,059 3.2
Divorced 311 16.0 512,298 8.4 1,626,890 8.5
Widowed 150 7.7 331,653 5.4 985,204 5.2
Never married 784 40.3 2,094,460 34.4 6,668,910 35.0

Of people in Lightning Ridge (State Suburbs) aged 15 years and over, 30.8% were married and 21.1% were either divorced or separated.

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Social marital status
People aged 15 years and over
Lightning Ridge % New South Wales % Australia %
Registered marriage 461 29.2 2,612,630 48.3 8,001,141 47.7
De facto marriage 212 13.4 506,133 9.4 1,751,731 10.4
Not married 904 57.3 2,290,887 42.3 7,024,973 41.9

In Lightning Ridge (State Suburbs), of people aged 15 years and over, 29.2% of people were in a registered marriage and 13.4% were in a de facto marriage.

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Education Lightning Ridge % New South Wales % Australia %
Preschool 35 5.1 132,047 5.7 347,621 4.8
Primary - Government 136 19.9 417,465 18.0 1,314,787 18.2
Primary - Catholic 0 0.0 122,099 5.3 380,604 5.3
Primary - other non Government 4 0.6 67,611 2.9 231,490 3.2
Secondary - Government 95 13.9 269,249 11.6 827,505 11.5
Secondary - Catholic 0 0.0 117,689 5.1 338,384 4.7
Secondary - other non Government 6 0.9 79,915 3.4 280,618 3.9
Technical or further education institution 49 7.2 144,103 6.2 424,869 5.9
University or tertiary institution 19 2.8 376,133 16.2 1,160,626 16.1
Other 8 1.2 63,673 2.7 198,383 2.8
Not stated 333 48.6 535,266 23.0 1,707,023 23.7

In Lightning Ridge (State Suburbs), 30.1% of people were attending an educational institution. Of these, 20.5% were in primary school, 15.2% in secondary school and 10.0% in a tertiary or technical institution.

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Level of highest educational attainment
People aged 15 years and over
Lightning Ridge % New South Wales % Australia %
Bachelor Degree level and above 144 7.4 1,424,716 23.4 4,181,406 22.0
Advanced Diploma and Diploma level 123 6.4 543,142 8.9 1,687,893 8.9
Certificate level IV 43 2.2 167,947 2.8 551,767 2.9
Certificate level III 251 13.0 730,498 12.0 2,442,203 12.8
Year 12 192 9.9 930,654 15.3 2,994,097 15.7
Year 11 96 5.0 203,574 3.3 941,531 4.9
Year 10 335 17.3 702,178 11.5 2,054,331 10.8
Certificate level II 0 0.0 4,849 0.1 13,454 0.1
Certificate level I 0 0.0 625 0.0 2,176 0.0
Year 9 or below 302 15.6 513,209 8.4 1,529,897 8.0
No educational attainment 24 1.2 54,870 0.9 145,844 0.8
Not stated 389 20.1 627,465 10.3 1,974,794 10.4

Of people aged 15 and over in Lightning Ridge (State Suburbs), 9.9% reported having completed Year 12 as their highest level of educational attainment, 15.0% had completed a Certificate III or IV and 6.4% 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 Lightning Ridge % New South Wales % 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 Lightning Ridge (State Suburbs) (including those who did not state an ancestry).

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Country of birth Lightning Ridge % New South Wales % Australia %
Australia 1,568 69.2 4,899,090 65.5 15,614,835 66.7
Other top responses

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Country of birth of father and/or mother, stated responses Lightning Ridge % New South Wales % Australia %
Both parents born overseas 481 21.1 2,764,170 37.0 8,051,196 34.4
Father only born overseas 85 3.7 458,394 6.1 1,488,092 6.4
Mother only born overseas 59 2.6 325,182 4.3 1,094,591 4.7
Both parents born in Australia 1,354 59.4 3,399,725 45.4 11,070,538 47.3

In Lightning Ridge (State Suburbs), 59.4% of people had both parents born in Australia and 21.1% of people had both parents born overseas.

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Country of birth of father, stated responses Lightning Ridge % New South Wales % Australia %

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Country of birth of mother, stated responses Lightning Ridge % New South Wales % Australia %

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Religious affiliation, top responses Lightning Ridge % New South Wales % Australia %

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Language, top responses (other than English) Lightning Ridge % New South Wales % Australia %

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People — employment
Employment
People who reported being in the labour force, aged 15 years and over
Lightning Ridge % New South Wales % Australia %
Worked full-time 311 42.1 2,134,521 59.2 6,623,065 57.7
Worked part-time 263 35.6 1,071,151 29.7 3,491,503 30.4
Away from work 55 7.5 174,654 4.8 569,276 5.0
Unemployed 109 14.8 225,546 6.3 787,452 6.9

There were 738 people who reported being in the labour force in the week before Census night in Lightning Ridge (State Suburbs). Of these 42.1% were employed full time, 35.6% were employed part-time and 14.8% 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
Lightning Ridge % New South Wales % Australia %
1-15 hours per week 88 14.0 364,637 10.8 1,218,823 11.4
16-24 hours per week 81 12.9 352,817 10.4 1,079,236 10.1
25-34 hours per week 94 14.9 353,702 10.5 1,193,445 11.2
35-39 hours per week 89 14.1 645,428 19.1 2,031,263 19.0
40 hours or more per week 219 34.8 1,489,099 44.1 4,591,801 43.0

Of employed people in Lightning Ridge (State Suburbs), 14.0% worked 1 to 15 hours, 12.9% worked 16 to 24 hours and 34.8% worked 40 hours or more.

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Occupation
Employed people aged 15 years and over
Lightning Ridge % New South Wales % Australia %

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Industry of employment, top responses
Employed people aged 15 years and over
Lightning Ridge % New South Wales % Australia %

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Median weekly incomes
People aged 15 years and over
Lightning Ridge % New South Wales % Australia %
Personal 434 -- 664 -- 662 --
Family 910 -- 1,780 -- 1,734 --
Household 681 -- 1,486 -- 1,438 --

The median weekly personal income for people aged 15 years and over in Lightning Ridge (State Suburbs) was $434.

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Travel to work, top responses
Employed people aged 15 years and over
Lightning Ridge % New South Wales % Australia %

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Unpaid work
People aged 15 years and over
Lightning Ridge % New South Wales % Australia %
Did unpaid domestic work (last week) 1,081 55.9 4,127,723 67.7 13,143,914 69.0
Cared for child/children (last two weeks) 319 16.4 1,659,250 27.2 5,259,400 27.6
Provided unpaid assistance to a person with a disability (last two weeks) 243 12.6 709,415 11.6 2,145,203 11.3
Did voluntary work through an organisation or group (last 12 months) 390 20.1 1,103,790 18.1 3,620,726 19.0

In Lightning Ridge (State Suburbs), of people aged 15 years and over, 55.9% did unpaid domestic work in the week before the Census. During the two weeks before the Census, 16.4% provided care for children and 12.6% assisted family members or others due to a disability, long term illness or problems related to old age. In the year before the Census, 20.1% 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
Lightning Ridge % New South Wales % Australia %
Less than 5 hours per week 304 15.7 1,359,656 22.3 4,298,593 22.6
5 to 14 hours per week 390 20.2 1,531,206 25.1 4,944,578 26.0
15 to 29 hours per week 187 9.7 690,934 11.3 2,189,776 11.5
30 hours or more per week 199 10.3 545,925 9.0 1,710,970 9.0

Of people who did unpaid domestic work in the week before the Census in Lightning Ridge (State Suburbs), 20.2% worked 5 to 14 hours, 9.7% worked 15 to 29 hours and 10.3% 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 Lightning Ridge % New South Wales % Australia %
Couple family without children 231 44.8 709,524 36.6 2,291,987 37.8
Couple family with children 117 22.7 887,358 45.7 2,716,224 44.7
One parent family 153 29.7 310,906 16.0 959,543 15.8
Other family 15 2.9 32,438 1.7 102,559 1.7

Of the families in Lightning Ridge (State Suburbs), 22.7% were couple families with children, 44.8% were couple families without children and 29.7% were one parent families.

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Single (or lone) parents
Proportion of the total single (or lone) parent population
Lightning Ridge % New South Wales % Australia %
Male -- 21.1 -- 17.8 -- 18.2
Female -- 78.9 -- 82.2 -- 81.8

In Lightning Ridge (State Suburbs), 21.1% of single parents were male and 78.9% 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
Lightning Ridge % New South Wales % Australia %
Both employed, worked full-time 45 13.0 360,916 22.6 1,084,006 21.6
Both employed, worked part-time 30 8.6 63,106 4.0 203,596 4.1
One employed full-time, one part-time 38 11.0 329,567 20.6 1,086,460 21.7
One employed full-time, other not working 26 7.5 240,084 15.0 749,886 15.0
One employed part-time, other not working 35 10.1 96,933 6.1 302,037 6.0
Both not working 128 36.9 334,742 21.0 1,006,697 20.1
Other (includes away from work) 23 6.6 80,905 5.1 264,145 5.3
Labour force status not stated (by one or both parents in a couple family) 22 6.3 90,630 5.7 311,381 6.2

In Lightning Ridge (State Suburbs), of couple families with children, 13.0% had both partners employed full-time, 8.6% had both employed part-time and 11.0% 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 Lightning Ridge % New South Wales % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings 985 78.6 2,604,320 90.1 8,286,073 88.8
Unoccupied private dwellings 268 21.4 284,741 9.9 1,039,874 11.2

In Lightning Ridge (State Suburbs), 78.6% of private dwellings were occupied and 21.4% were unoccupied.

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Dwelling structure
Occupied private dwellings
Lightning Ridge % New South Wales % Australia %
Separate house 788 80.0 1,729,820 66.4 6,041,788 72.9
Semi-detached, row or terrace house, townhouse etc 3 0.3 317,453 12.2 1,055,016 12.7
Flat or apartment 69 7.0 519,390 19.9 1,087,434 13.1
Other dwelling 81 8.2 23,580 0.9 64,425 0.8

Of occupied private dwellings in Lightning Ridge (State Suburbs), 80.0% were separate houses, 0.3% were semi-detached, row or terrace houses, townhouses etc, 7.0% were flat or apartments and 8.2% were other dwellings.

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Number of bedrooms
Occupied private dwellings
Lightning Ridge % New South Wales % Australia %
None (includes bedsitters) 31 3.1 17,157 0.7 39,769 0.5
1 bedroom 181 18.3 157,194 6.0 411,252 5.0
2 bedrooms 304 30.7 577,675 22.2 1,562,759 18.9
3 bedrooms 266 26.9 970,001 37.2 3,403,190 41.1
4 or more bedrooms 137 13.9 816,405 31.3 2,670,758 32.2
Number of bedrooms not stated 70 7.1 65,888 2.5 198,351 2.4
Average number of bedrooms per dwelling 2.3 -- 3 -- 3.1 --
Average number of people per household 2 -- 2.6 -- 2.6 --

In Lightning Ridge (State Suburbs), of occupied private dwellings 18.3% had 1 bedroom, 30.7% had 2 bedrooms and 26.9% had 3 bedrooms. The average number of bedrooms per occupied private dwelling was 2.3. The average household size was 2 people.

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Tenure
Occupied private dwellings
Lightning Ridge % New South Wales % Australia %
Owned outright 440 44.4 839,665 32.2 2,565,695 31.0
Owned with a mortgage 108 10.9 840,004 32.3 2,855,222 34.5
Rented 342 34.5 826,922 31.8 2,561,302 30.9
Other tenure type 30 3.0 23,968 0.9 78,994 1.0
Tenure type not stated 71 7.2 73,763 2.8 224,869 2.7

Of occupied private dwellings in Lightning Ridge (State Suburbs), 44.4% were owned outright, 10.9% were owned with a mortgage and 34.5% were rented.

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Dwellings — household composition
Household composition Lightning Ridge % New South Wales % Australia %
Family households 496 50.1 1,874,524 72.0 5,907,625 71.3
Single (or lone) person households 455 45.9 620,778 23.8 2,023,542 24.4
Group households 40 4.0 109,004 4.2 354,917 4.3

In Lightning Ridge (State Suburbs), of all households, 50.1% were family households, 45.9% were single person households and 4.0% were group households.

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Household income Lightning Ridge % New South Wales % Australia %
Less than $650 gross weekly income -- 47.2 -- 19.7 -- 20.0
More than $3000 gross weekly income -- 3.5 -- 18.7 -- 16.4

In Lightning Ridge (State Suburbs), 47.2% of households had a weekly household income of less than $650 and 3.5% 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 Lightning Ridge % New South Wales % Australia %
Median rent 150 -- 380 -- 335 --
Households where rent payments are less than 30% of household income -- 91.1 -- 87.1 -- 88.5
Households with rent payments greater than or equal to 30% of household income -- 8.9 -- 12.9 -- 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 Lightning Ridge % New South Wales % Australia %
Median mortgage repayments 867 -- 1,986 -- 1,755 --
Households where mortgage repayments are less than 30% of household income -- 98.1 -- 92.6 -- 92.8
Households with mortgage repayments greater than or equal to 30% of household income -- 1.9 -- 7.4 -- 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 Lightning Ridge % New South Wales % Australia %
None 105 10.5 239,625 9.2 623,829 7.5
1 motor vehicle 420 42.2 946,159 36.3 2,881,485 34.8
2 motor vehicles 256 25.7 887,849 34.1 2,999,184 36.2
3 or more vehicles 132 13.3 435,053 16.7 1,496,382 18.1
Number of motor vehicles not stated 83 8.3 95,623 3.7 285,197 3.4

In Lightning Ridge (State Suburbs), 42.2% of occupied private dwellings had one registered motor vehicle garaged or parked at their address, 25.7% 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 Lightning Ridge % New South Wales % Australia %
Internet not accessed from dwelling 359 36.1 381,709 14.7 1,172,415 14.1
Internet accessed from dwelling 567 57.0 2,149,040 82.5 6,892,165 83.2
Not stated 69 6.9 73,565 2.8 221,494 2.7

In Lightning Ridge (State Suburbs), 57.0% 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.
Lightning Ridge % New South Wales % Australia %
Male 267 51.1 107,368 49.7 322,171 49.6
Female 255 48.9 108,809 50.3 326,996 50.4
Median age 31 -- 22 -- 23 --

In Lightning Ridge (State Suburbs), 51.1% of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people were male and 48.9% 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
Lightning Ridge % New South Wales % Australia %
Average number of people per household 2.6 -- 3.1 -- 3.2 --
Average number of persons per bedroom 0.9 -- 1 -- 1 --
Median weekly household income 733 -- 1,214 -- 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 Lightning Ridge (State Suburbs), for dwellings occupied by Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people, the average household size was 2.6 persons, with 0.9 persons per bedroom. The median household income was $733.

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Mortgage and rent
Occupied private dwellings where at least one person was Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
Lightning Ridge % New South Wales % Australia %
Median weekly rent 178 -- 270 -- 250 --
Median monthly mortgage repayments 784 -- 1,733 -- 1,660 --

In Lightning Ridge (State Suburbs), for dwellings occupied by Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people, the median weekly rent was $178 and the median monthly mortgage repayment was $784.

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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