2016 Census QuickStats

Australia New South Wales State Suburbs

Wollongong

Code SSC14358 (SSC) Search for a Community Profile
People 18,442
Male 50.7%
Female 49.3%
Median age 34
Families 3,935
Average children per family
for families with children 1.6
for all families 0.3
All private dwellings 9,605
Average people per household 2.1
Median weekly household income $1,180
Median monthly mortgage repayments $1,751
Median weekly rent $350
Average motor vehicles per dwelling 1.3

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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
Wollongong % New South Wales % Australia %
Male 9,342 50.7 3,686,014 49.3 11,546,638 49.3
Female 9,100 49.3 3,794,217 50.7 11,855,248 50.7
Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people 249 1.3 216,176 2.9 649,171 2.8

In the 2016 Census, there were 18,442 people in Wollongong (State Suburbs). Of these 50.7% were male and 49.3% were female. Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people made up 1.3% of the population.

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Age Wollongong % New South Wales % Australia %
Median age 34 -- 38 -- 38 --
0-4 years 631 3.4 465,135 6.2 1,464,779 6.3
5-9 years 541 2.9 478,184 6.4 1,502,646 6.4
10-14 years 481 2.6 443,009 5.9 1,397,183 6.0
15-19 years 880 4.8 448,425 6.0 1,421,595 6.1
20-24 years 2,841 15.4 489,673 6.5 1,566,793 6.7
25-29 years 2,469 13.4 527,161 7.0 1,664,602 7.1
30-34 years 1,534 8.3 540,360 7.2 1,703,847 7.3
35-39 years 1,015 5.5 499,724 6.7 1,561,679 6.7
40-44 years 886 4.8 503,169 6.7 1,583,257 6.8
45-49 years 903 4.9 492,440 6.6 1,581,455 6.8
50-54 years 938 5.1 485,546 6.5 1,523,551 6.5
55-59 years 963 5.2 469,726 6.3 1,454,332 6.2
60-64 years 948 5.1 420,044 5.6 1,299,397 5.6
65-69 years 914 5.0 384,470 5.1 1,188,999 5.1
70-74 years 812 4.4 292,556 3.9 887,716 3.8
75-79 years 699 3.8 217,308 2.9 652,657 2.8
80-84 years 488 2.6 155,806 2.1 460,549 2.0
85 years and over 509 2.8 167,506 2.2 486,842 2.1

The median age of people in Wollongong (State Suburbs) was 34 years. Children aged 0 - 14 years made up 9.0% of the population and people aged 65 years and over made up 18.5% of the population.

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Registered marital status
People aged 15 years and over
Wollongong % New South Wales % Australia %
Married 5,698 33.9 2,965,280 48.7 9,148,218 48.1
Separated 494 2.9 190,198 3.1 608,059 3.2
Divorced 1,523 9.1 512,298 8.4 1,626,890 8.5
Widowed 949 5.7 331,653 5.4 985,204 5.2
Never married 8,126 48.4 2,094,460 34.4 6,668,910 35.0

Of people in Wollongong (State Suburbs) aged 15 years and over, 33.9% were married and 12.0% were either divorced or separated.

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Social marital status
People aged 15 years and over
Wollongong % New South Wales % Australia %
Registered marriage 4,616 32.9 2,612,630 48.3 8,001,141 47.7
De facto marriage 1,552 11.1 506,133 9.4 1,751,731 10.4
Not married 7,873 56.1 2,290,887 42.3 7,024,973 41.9

In Wollongong (State Suburbs), of people aged 15 years and over, 32.9% of people were in a registered marriage and 11.1% were in a de facto marriage.

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Education Wollongong % New South Wales % Australia %
Preschool 146 2.1 132,047 5.7 347,621 4.8
Primary - Government 434 6.2 417,465 18.0 1,314,787 18.2
Primary - Catholic 133 1.9 122,099 5.3 380,604 5.3
Primary - other non Government 85 1.2 67,611 2.9 231,490 3.2
Secondary - Government 332 4.7 269,249 11.6 827,505 11.5
Secondary - Catholic 143 2.0 117,689 5.1 338,384 4.7
Secondary - other non Government 62 0.9 79,915 3.4 280,618 3.9
Technical or further education institution 486 6.9 144,103 6.2 424,869 5.9
University or tertiary institution 3,146 44.8 376,133 16.2 1,160,626 16.1
Other 151 2.2 63,673 2.7 198,383 2.8
Not stated 1,897 27.0 535,266 23.0 1,707,023 23.7

In Wollongong (State Suburbs), 38.1% of people were attending an educational institution. Of these, 9.3% were in primary school, 7.7% in secondary school and 51.7% in a tertiary or technical institution.

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Level of highest educational attainment
People aged 15 years and over
Wollongong % New South Wales % Australia %
Bachelor Degree level and above 4,828 28.8 1,424,716 23.4 4,181,406 22.0
Advanced Diploma and Diploma level 1,353 8.1 543,142 8.9 1,687,893 8.9
Certificate level IV 408 2.4 167,947 2.8 551,767 2.9
Certificate level III 1,623 9.7 730,498 12.0 2,442,203 12.8
Year 12 2,995 17.8 930,654 15.3 2,994,097 15.7
Year 11 360 2.1 203,574 3.3 941,531 4.9
Year 10 1,288 7.7 702,178 11.5 2,054,331 10.8
Certificate level II 17 0.1 4,849 0.1 13,454 0.1
Certificate level I 9 0.1 625 0.0 2,176 0.0
Year 9 or below 1,104 6.6 513,209 8.4 1,529,897 8.0
No educational attainment 137 0.8 54,870 0.9 145,844 0.8
Not stated 2,147 12.8 627,465 10.3 1,974,794 10.4

Of people aged 15 and over in Wollongong (State Suburbs), 17.8% reported having completed Year 12 as their highest level of educational attainment, 12.1% had completed a Certificate III or IV and 8.1% 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 Wollongong % 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 Wollongong (State Suburbs) (including those who did not state an ancestry).

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Country of birth Wollongong % New South Wales % Australia %
Australia 10,342 56.2 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 Wollongong % New South Wales % Australia %
Both parents born overseas 7,721 41.8 2,764,170 37.0 8,051,196 34.4
Father only born overseas 1,155 6.3 458,394 6.1 1,488,092 6.4
Mother only born overseas 829 4.5 325,182 4.3 1,094,591 4.7
Both parents born in Australia 6,836 37.0 3,399,725 45.4 11,070,538 47.3

In Wollongong (State Suburbs), 37.0% of people had both parents born in Australia and 41.8% of people had both parents born overseas.

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

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

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Religious affiliation, top responses Wollongong % New South Wales % Australia %

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

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People — employment
Employment
People who reported being in the labour force, aged 15 years and over
Wollongong % New South Wales % Australia %
Worked full-time 4,796 54.1 2,134,521 59.2 6,623,065 57.7
Worked part-time 2,855 32.2 1,071,151 29.7 3,491,503 30.4
Away from work 405 4.6 174,654 4.8 569,276 5.0
Unemployed 808 9.1 225,546 6.3 787,452 6.9

There were 8,864 people who reported being in the labour force in the week before Census night in Wollongong (State Suburbs). Of these 54.1% were employed full time, 32.2% were employed part-time and 9.1% 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
Wollongong % New South Wales % Australia %
1-15 hours per week 1,141 14.2 364,637 10.8 1,218,823 11.4
16-24 hours per week 899 11.2 352,817 10.4 1,079,236 10.1
25-34 hours per week 808 10.0 353,702 10.5 1,193,445 11.2
35-39 hours per week 1,638 20.4 645,428 19.1 2,031,263 19.0
40 hours or more per week 3,155 39.2 1,489,099 44.1 4,591,801 43.0

Of employed people in Wollongong (State Suburbs), 14.2% worked 1 to 15 hours, 11.2% worked 16 to 24 hours and 39.2% worked 40 hours or more.

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

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

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Median weekly incomes
People aged 15 years and over
Wollongong % New South Wales % Australia %
Personal 573 -- 664 -- 662 --
Family 1,546 -- 1,780 -- 1,734 --
Household 1,180 -- 1,486 -- 1,438 --

The median weekly personal income for people aged 15 years and over in Wollongong (State Suburbs) was $573.

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

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Unpaid work
People aged 15 years and over
Wollongong % New South Wales % Australia %
Did unpaid domestic work (last week) 10,570 63.0 4,127,723 67.7 13,143,914 69.0
Cared for child/children (last two weeks) 2,830 16.9 1,659,250 27.2 5,259,400 27.6
Provided unpaid assistance to a person with a disability (last two weeks) 1,640 9.8 709,415 11.6 2,145,203 11.3
Did voluntary work through an organisation or group (last 12 months) 3,008 17.9 1,103,790 18.1 3,620,726 19.0

In Wollongong (State Suburbs), of people aged 15 years and over, 63.0% did unpaid domestic work in the week before the Census. During the two weeks before the Census, 16.9% provided care for children and 9.8% assisted family members or others due to a disability, long term illness or problems related to old age. In the year before the Census, 17.9% 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
Wollongong % New South Wales % Australia %
Less than 5 hours per week 4,311 25.7 1,359,656 22.3 4,298,593 22.6
5 to 14 hours per week 4,115 24.5 1,531,206 25.1 4,944,578 26.0
15 to 29 hours per week 1,303 7.8 690,934 11.3 2,189,776 11.5
30 hours or more per week 847 5.0 545,925 9.0 1,710,970 9.0

Of people who did unpaid domestic work in the week before the Census in Wollongong (State Suburbs), 24.5% worked 5 to 14 hours, 7.8% worked 15 to 29 hours and 5.0% 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 Wollongong % New South Wales % Australia %
Couple family without children 2,086 53.0 709,524 36.6 2,291,987 37.8
Couple family with children 1,090 27.7 887,358 45.7 2,716,224 44.7
One parent family 620 15.7 310,906 16.0 959,543 15.8
Other family 143 3.6 32,438 1.7 102,559 1.7

Of the families in Wollongong (State Suburbs), 27.7% were couple families with children, 53.0% were couple families without children and 15.7% were one parent families.

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Single (or lone) parents
Proportion of the total single (or lone) parent population
Wollongong % New South Wales % Australia %
Male -- 23.2 -- 17.8 -- 18.2
Female -- 76.8 -- 82.2 -- 81.8

In Wollongong (State Suburbs), 23.2% of single parents were male and 76.8% 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
Wollongong % New South Wales % Australia %
Both employed, worked full-time 613 19.3 360,916 22.6 1,084,006 21.6
Both employed, worked part-time 140 4.4 63,106 4.0 203,596 4.1
One employed full-time, one part-time 497 15.7 329,567 20.6 1,086,460 21.7
One employed full-time, other not working 441 13.9 240,084 15.0 749,886 15.0
One employed part-time, other not working 236 7.4 96,933 6.1 302,037 6.0
Both not working 897 28.3 334,742 21.0 1,006,697 20.1
Other (includes away from work) 136 4.3 80,905 5.1 264,145 5.3
Labour force status not stated (by one or both parents in a couple family) 208 6.6 90,630 5.7 311,381 6.2

In Wollongong (State Suburbs), of couple families with children, 19.3% had both partners employed full-time, 4.4% had both employed part-time and 15.7% 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 Wollongong % New South Wales % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings 7,734 89.4 2,604,320 90.1 8,286,073 88.8
Unoccupied private dwellings 919 10.6 284,741 9.9 1,039,874 11.2

In Wollongong (State Suburbs), 89.4% of private dwellings were occupied and 10.6% were unoccupied.

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Dwelling structure
Occupied private dwellings
Wollongong % New South Wales % Australia %
Separate house 1,328 17.2 1,729,820 66.4 6,041,788 72.9
Semi-detached, row or terrace house, townhouse etc 672 8.7 317,453 12.2 1,055,016 12.7
Flat or apartment 5,481 70.9 519,390 19.9 1,087,434 13.1
Other dwelling 24 0.3 23,580 0.9 64,425 0.8

Of occupied private dwellings in Wollongong (State Suburbs), 17.2% were separate houses, 8.7% were semi-detached, row or terrace houses, townhouses etc, 70.9% were flat or apartments and 0.3% were other dwellings.

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Number of bedrooms
Occupied private dwellings
Wollongong % New South Wales % Australia %
None (includes bedsitters) 54 0.7 17,157 0.7 39,769 0.5
1 bedroom 731 9.5 157,194 6.0 411,252 5.0
2 bedrooms 3,742 48.4 577,675 22.2 1,562,759 18.9
3 bedrooms 2,331 30.2 970,001 37.2 3,403,190 41.1
4 or more bedrooms 542 7.0 816,405 31.3 2,670,758 32.2
Number of bedrooms not stated 331 4.3 65,888 2.5 198,351 2.4
Average number of bedrooms per dwelling 2.4 -- 3 -- 3.1 --
Average number of people per household 2.1 -- 2.6 -- 2.6 --

In Wollongong (State Suburbs), of occupied private dwellings 9.5% had 1 bedroom, 48.4% had 2 bedrooms and 30.2% had 3 bedrooms. The average number of bedrooms per occupied private dwelling was 2.4. The average household size was 2.1 people.

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Tenure
Occupied private dwellings
Wollongong % New South Wales % Australia %
Owned outright 1,855 24.0 839,665 32.2 2,565,695 31.0
Owned with a mortgage 1,208 15.6 840,004 32.3 2,855,222 34.5
Rented 4,224 54.5 826,922 31.8 2,561,302 30.9
Other tenure type 118 1.5 23,968 0.9 78,994 1.0
Tenure type not stated 339 4.4 73,763 2.8 224,869 2.7

Of occupied private dwellings in Wollongong (State Suburbs), 24.0% were owned outright, 15.6% were owned with a mortgage and 54.5% were rented.

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Dwellings — household composition
Household composition Wollongong % New South Wales % Australia %
Family households 3,885 50.2 1,874,524 72.0 5,907,625 71.3
Single (or lone) person households 2,741 35.4 620,778 23.8 2,023,542 24.4
Group households 1,119 14.4 109,004 4.2 354,917 4.3

In Wollongong (State Suburbs), of all households, 50.2% were family households, 35.4% were single person households and 14.4% were group households.

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Household income Wollongong % New South Wales % Australia %
Less than $650 gross weekly income -- 26.8 -- 19.7 -- 20.0
More than $3000 gross weekly income -- 11.0 -- 18.7 -- 16.4

In Wollongong (State Suburbs), 26.8% of households had a weekly household income of less than $650 and 11.0% 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 Wollongong % New South Wales % Australia %
Median rent 350 -- 380 -- 335 --
Households where rent payments are less than 30% of household income -- 74.7 -- 87.1 -- 88.5
Households with rent payments greater than or equal to 30% of household income -- 25.3 -- 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 Wollongong % New South Wales % Australia %
Median mortgage repayments 1,751 -- 1,986 -- 1,755 --
Households where mortgage repayments are less than 30% of household income -- 96.5 -- 92.6 -- 92.8
Households with mortgage repayments greater than or equal to 30% of household income -- 3.5 -- 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 Wollongong % New South Wales % Australia %
None 1,215 15.7 239,625 9.2 623,829 7.5
1 motor vehicle 3,540 45.8 946,159 36.3 2,881,485 34.8
2 motor vehicles 1,904 24.6 887,849 34.1 2,999,184 36.2
3 or more vehicles 670 8.7 435,053 16.7 1,496,382 18.1
Number of motor vehicles not stated 408 5.3 95,623 3.7 285,197 3.4

In Wollongong (State Suburbs), 45.8% of occupied private dwellings had one registered motor vehicle garaged or parked at their address, 24.6% had two registered motor vehicles and 8.7% had three or more registered motor vehicles.

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Dwellings — internet connection
Dwelling internet connection Wollongong % New South Wales % Australia %
Internet not accessed from dwelling 1,253 16.2 381,709 14.7 1,172,415 14.1
Internet accessed from dwelling 6,144 79.4 2,149,040 82.5 6,892,165 83.2
Not stated 338 4.4 73,565 2.8 221,494 2.7

In Wollongong (State Suburbs), 79.4% 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.
Wollongong % New South Wales % Australia %
Male 138 55.6 107,368 49.7 322,171 49.6
Female 110 44.4 108,809 50.3 326,996 50.4
Median age 27 -- 22 -- 23 --

In Wollongong (State Suburbs), 55.6% of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people were male and 44.4% were female. The median age was 27 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
Wollongong % New South Wales % Australia %
Average number of people per household 2.1 -- 3.1 -- 3.2 --
Average number of persons per bedroom 0.9 -- 1 -- 1 --
Median weekly household income 1,116 -- 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 Wollongong (State Suburbs), for dwellings occupied by Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people, the average household size was 2.1 persons, with 0.9 persons per bedroom. The median household income was $1,116.

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Mortgage and rent
Occupied private dwellings where at least one person was Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
Wollongong % New South Wales % Australia %
Median weekly rent 360 -- 270 -- 250 --
Median monthly mortgage repayments 1,387 -- 1,733 -- 1,660 --

In Wollongong (State Suburbs), for dwellings occupied by Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people, the median weekly rent was $360 and the median monthly mortgage repayment was $1,387.

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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