2016 Census QuickStats

Australia New South Wales Urban Centres and Localities

Byron Bay

Code UCL114003 (UCL) Search for a Community Profile
People 9,246
Male 48.1%
Female 51.9%
Median age 41
Families 1,905
Average children per family
for families with children 1.7
for all families 0.5
All private dwellings 4,791
Average people per household 2.4
Median weekly household income $1,324
Median monthly mortgage repayments $2,000
Median weekly rent $500
Average motor vehicles per dwelling 1.7

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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
Byron Bay % New South Wales % Australia %
Male 4,443 48.1 3,686,014 49.3 11,546,638 49.3
Female 4,801 51.9 3,794,217 50.7 11,855,248 50.7
Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people 144 1.6 216,176 2.9 649,171 2.8

In the 2016 Census, there were 9,246 people in Byron Bay (Urban Centres and Localities). Of these 48.1% were male and 51.9% were female. Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people made up 1.6% of the population.

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Age Byron Bay % New South Wales % Australia %
Median age 41 -- 38 -- 38 --
0-4 years 439 4.7 465,135 6.2 1,464,779 6.3
5-9 years 435 4.7 478,184 6.4 1,502,646 6.4
10-14 years 442 4.8 443,009 5.9 1,397,183 6.0
15-19 years 416 4.5 448,425 6.0 1,421,595 6.1
20-24 years 476 5.1 489,673 6.5 1,566,793 6.7
25-29 years 779 8.4 527,161 7.0 1,664,602 7.1
30-34 years 708 7.7 540,360 7.2 1,703,847 7.3
35-39 years 665 7.2 499,724 6.7 1,561,679 6.7
40-44 years 680 7.4 503,169 6.7 1,583,257 6.8
45-49 years 614 6.6 492,440 6.6 1,581,455 6.8
50-54 years 671 7.3 485,546 6.5 1,523,551 6.5
55-59 years 761 8.2 469,726 6.3 1,454,332 6.2
60-64 years 718 7.8 420,044 5.6 1,299,397 5.6
65-69 years 545 5.9 384,470 5.1 1,188,999 5.1
70-74 years 354 3.8 292,556 3.9 887,716 3.8
75-79 years 199 2.2 217,308 2.9 652,657 2.8
80-84 years 124 1.3 155,806 2.1 460,549 2.0
85 years and over 223 2.4 167,506 2.2 486,842 2.1

The median age of people in Byron Bay (Urban Centres and Localities) was 41 years. Children aged 0 - 14 years made up 14.2% of the population and people aged 65 years and over made up 15.6% of the population.

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Registered marital status
People aged 15 years and over
Byron Bay % New South Wales % Australia %
Married 2,513 31.7 2,965,280 48.7 9,148,218 48.1
Separated 227 2.9 190,198 3.1 608,059 3.2
Divorced 1,092 13.8 512,298 8.4 1,626,890 8.5
Widowed 380 4.8 331,653 5.4 985,204 5.2
Never married 3,725 46.9 2,094,460 34.4 6,668,910 35.0

Of people in Byron Bay (Urban Centres and Localities) aged 15 years and over, 31.7% were married and 16.6% were either divorced or separated.

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Social marital status
People aged 15 years and over
Byron Bay % New South Wales % Australia %
Registered marriage 1,946 32.6 2,612,630 48.3 8,001,141 47.7
De facto marriage 927 15.5 506,133 9.4 1,751,731 10.4
Not married 3,103 51.9 2,290,887 42.3 7,024,973 41.9

In Byron Bay (Urban Centres and Localities), of people aged 15 years and over, 32.6% of people were in a registered marriage and 15.5% were in a de facto marriage.

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Education Byron Bay % New South Wales % Australia %
Preschool 128 4.1 132,047 5.7 347,621 4.8
Primary - Government 348 11.2 417,465 18.0 1,314,787 18.2
Primary - Catholic 105 3.4 122,099 5.3 380,604 5.3
Primary - other non Government 66 2.1 67,611 2.9 231,490 3.2
Secondary - Government 274 8.9 269,249 11.6 827,505 11.5
Secondary - Catholic 88 2.8 117,689 5.1 338,384 4.7
Secondary - other non Government 39 1.3 79,915 3.4 280,618 3.9
Technical or further education institution 163 5.3 144,103 6.2 424,869 5.9
University or tertiary institution 285 9.2 376,133 16.2 1,160,626 16.1
Other 89 2.9 63,673 2.7 198,383 2.8
Not stated 1,509 48.8 535,266 23.0 1,707,023 23.7

In Byron Bay (Urban Centres and Localities), 33.7% of people were attending an educational institution. Of these, 16.9% were in primary school, 13.0% in secondary school and 14.4% in a tertiary or technical institution.

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Level of highest educational attainment
People aged 15 years and over
Byron Bay % New South Wales % Australia %
Bachelor Degree level and above 2,039 25.7 1,424,716 23.4 4,181,406 22.0
Advanced Diploma and Diploma level 756 9.5 543,142 8.9 1,687,893 8.9
Certificate level IV 204 2.6 167,947 2.8 551,767 2.9
Certificate level III 915 11.5 730,498 12.0 2,442,203 12.8
Year 12 1,085 13.7 930,654 15.3 2,994,097 15.7
Year 11 248 3.1 203,574 3.3 941,531 4.9
Year 10 610 7.7 702,178 11.5 2,054,331 10.8
Certificate level II 5 0.1 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 305 3.8 513,209 8.4 1,529,897 8.0
No educational attainment 4 0.1 54,870 0.9 145,844 0.8
Not stated 1,525 19.2 627,465 10.3 1,974,794 10.4

Of people aged 15 and over in Byron Bay (Urban Centres and Localities), 13.7% reported having completed Year 12 as their highest level of educational attainment, 14.1% had completed a Certificate III or IV and 9.5% 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 Byron Bay % 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 Byron Bay (Urban Centres and Localities) (including those who did not state an ancestry).

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Country of birth Byron Bay % New South Wales % Australia %
Australia 5,904 64.0 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 Byron Bay % New South Wales % Australia %
Both parents born overseas 2,061 22.3 2,764,170 37.0 8,051,196 34.4
Father only born overseas 710 7.7 458,394 6.1 1,488,092 6.4
Mother only born overseas 510 5.5 325,182 4.3 1,094,591 4.7
Both parents born in Australia 4,426 47.9 3,399,725 45.4 11,070,538 47.3

In Byron Bay (Urban Centres and Localities), 47.9% of people had both parents born in Australia and 22.3% of people had both parents born overseas.

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

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

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Religious affiliation, top responses Byron Bay % New South Wales % Australia %

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

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People — employment
Employment
People who reported being in the labour force, aged 15 years and over
Byron Bay % New South Wales % Australia %
Worked full-time 1,956 44.0 2,134,521 59.2 6,623,065 57.7
Worked part-time 1,982 44.6 1,071,151 29.7 3,491,503 30.4
Away from work 248 5.6 174,654 4.8 569,276 5.0
Unemployed 262 5.9 225,546 6.3 787,452 6.9

There were 4,448 people who reported being in the labour force in the week before Census night in Byron Bay (Urban Centres and Localities). Of these 44.0% were employed full time, 44.6% were employed part-time and 5.9% 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
Byron Bay % New South Wales % Australia %
1-15 hours per week 651 15.5 364,637 10.8 1,218,823 11.4
16-24 hours per week 618 14.8 352,817 10.4 1,079,236 10.1
25-34 hours per week 712 17.0 353,702 10.5 1,193,445 11.2
35-39 hours per week 594 14.2 645,428 19.1 2,031,263 19.0
40 hours or more per week 1,362 32.5 1,489,099 44.1 4,591,801 43.0

Of employed people in Byron Bay (Urban Centres and Localities), 15.5% worked 1 to 15 hours, 14.8% worked 16 to 24 hours and 32.5% worked 40 hours or more.

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

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

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Median weekly incomes
People aged 15 years and over
Byron Bay % New South Wales % Australia %
Personal 653 -- 664 -- 662 --
Family 1,588 -- 1,780 -- 1,734 --
Household 1,324 -- 1,486 -- 1,438 --

The median weekly personal income for people aged 15 years and over in Byron Bay (Urban Centres and Localities) was $653.

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

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Unpaid work
People aged 15 years and over
Byron Bay % New South Wales % Australia %
Did unpaid domestic work (last week) 5,224 65.9 4,127,723 67.7 13,143,914 69.0
Cared for child/children (last two weeks) 1,737 21.9 1,659,250 27.2 5,259,400 27.6
Provided unpaid assistance to a person with a disability (last two weeks) 683 8.6 709,415 11.6 2,145,203 11.3
Did voluntary work through an organisation or group (last 12 months) 1,772 22.4 1,103,790 18.1 3,620,726 19.0

In Byron Bay (Urban Centres and Localities), of people aged 15 years and over, 65.9% did unpaid domestic work in the week before the Census. During the two weeks before the Census, 21.9% provided care for children and 8.6% assisted family members or others due to a disability, long term illness or problems related to old age. In the year before the Census, 22.4% 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
Byron Bay % New South Wales % Australia %
Less than 5 hours per week 1,923 24.3 1,359,656 22.3 4,298,593 22.6
5 to 14 hours per week 1,969 24.9 1,531,206 25.1 4,944,578 26.0
15 to 29 hours per week 846 10.7 690,934 11.3 2,189,776 11.5
30 hours or more per week 484 6.1 545,925 9.0 1,710,970 9.0

Of people who did unpaid domestic work in the week before the Census in Byron Bay (Urban Centres and Localities), 24.9% worked 5 to 14 hours, 10.7% worked 15 to 29 hours and 6.1% 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 Byron Bay % New South Wales % Australia %
Couple family without children 800 41.9 709,524 36.6 2,291,987 37.8
Couple family with children 702 36.8 887,358 45.7 2,716,224 44.7
One parent family 369 19.3 310,906 16.0 959,543 15.8
Other family 37 1.9 32,438 1.7 102,559 1.7

Of the families in Byron Bay (Urban Centres and Localities), 36.8% were couple families with children, 41.9% were couple families without children and 19.3% were one parent families.

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Single (or lone) parents
Proportion of the total single (or lone) parent population
Byron Bay % New South Wales % Australia %
Male -- 17.0 -- 17.8 -- 18.2
Female -- 83.0 -- 82.2 -- 81.8

In Byron Bay (Urban Centres and Localities), 17.0% of single parents were male and 83.0% 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
Byron Bay % New South Wales % Australia %
Both employed, worked full-time 236 15.7 360,916 22.6 1,084,006 21.6
Both employed, worked part-time 169 11.3 63,106 4.0 203,596 4.1
One employed full-time, one part-time 317 21.1 329,567 20.6 1,086,460 21.7
One employed full-time, other not working 140 9.3 240,084 15.0 749,886 15.0
One employed part-time, other not working 122 8.1 96,933 6.1 302,037 6.0
Both not working 289 19.3 334,742 21.0 1,006,697 20.1
Other (includes away from work) 91 6.1 80,905 5.1 264,145 5.3
Labour force status not stated (by one or both parents in a couple family) 137 9.1 90,630 5.7 311,381 6.2

In Byron Bay (Urban Centres and Localities), of couple families with children, 15.7% had both partners employed full-time, 11.3% had both employed part-time and 21.1% 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 Byron Bay % New South Wales % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings 3,128 79.3 2,604,320 90.1 8,286,073 88.8
Unoccupied private dwellings 815 20.7 284,741 9.9 1,039,874 11.2

In Byron Bay (Urban Centres and Localities), 79.3% of private dwellings were occupied and 20.7% were unoccupied.

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Dwelling structure
Occupied private dwellings
Byron Bay % New South Wales % Australia %
Separate house 2,061 65.9 1,729,820 66.4 6,041,788 72.9
Semi-detached, row or terrace house, townhouse etc 529 16.9 317,453 12.2 1,055,016 12.7
Flat or apartment 342 10.9 519,390 19.9 1,087,434 13.1
Other dwelling 130 4.2 23,580 0.9 64,425 0.8

Of occupied private dwellings in Byron Bay (Urban Centres and Localities), 65.9% were separate houses, 16.9% were semi-detached, row or terrace houses, townhouses etc, 10.9% were flat or apartments and 4.2% were other dwellings.

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Number of bedrooms
Occupied private dwellings
Byron Bay % New South Wales % Australia %
None (includes bedsitters) 35 1.1 17,157 0.7 39,769 0.5
1 bedroom 198 6.3 157,194 6.0 411,252 5.0
2 bedrooms 553 17.6 577,675 22.2 1,562,759 18.9
3 bedrooms 1,419 45.2 970,001 37.2 3,403,190 41.1
4 or more bedrooms 814 25.9 816,405 31.3 2,670,758 32.2
Number of bedrooms not stated 119 3.8 65,888 2.5 198,351 2.4
Average number of bedrooms per dwelling 3 -- 3 -- 3.1 --
Average number of people per household 2.4 -- 2.6 -- 2.6 --

In Byron Bay (Urban Centres and Localities), of occupied private dwellings 6.3% had 1 bedroom, 17.6% had 2 bedrooms and 45.2% had 3 bedrooms. The average number of bedrooms per occupied private dwelling was 3. The average household size was 2.4 people.

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Tenure
Occupied private dwellings
Byron Bay % New South Wales % Australia %
Owned outright 1,054 33.6 839,665 32.2 2,565,695 31.0
Owned with a mortgage 820 26.1 840,004 32.3 2,855,222 34.5
Rented 1,112 35.4 826,922 31.8 2,561,302 30.9
Other tenure type 25 0.8 23,968 0.9 78,994 1.0
Tenure type not stated 127 4.0 73,763 2.8 224,869 2.7

Of occupied private dwellings in Byron Bay (Urban Centres and Localities), 33.6% were owned outright, 26.1% were owned with a mortgage and 35.4% were rented.

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Dwellings — household composition
Household composition Byron Bay % New South Wales % Australia %
Family households 1,866 59.5 1,874,524 72.0 5,907,625 71.3
Single (or lone) person households 880 28.1 620,778 23.8 2,023,542 24.4
Group households 390 12.4 109,004 4.2 354,917 4.3

In Byron Bay (Urban Centres and Localities), of all households, 59.5% were family households, 28.1% were single person households and 12.4% were group households.

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Household income Byron Bay % New South Wales % Australia %
Less than $650 gross weekly income -- 24.0 -- 19.7 -- 20.0
More than $3000 gross weekly income -- 13.8 -- 18.7 -- 16.4

In Byron Bay (Urban Centres and Localities), 24.0% of households had a weekly household income of less than $650 and 13.8% 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 Byron Bay % New South Wales % Australia %
Median rent 500 -- 380 -- 335 --
Households where rent payments are less than 30% of household income -- 81.4 -- 87.1 -- 88.5
Households with rent payments greater than or equal to 30% of household income -- 18.6 -- 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 Byron Bay % New South Wales % Australia %
Median mortgage repayments 2,000 -- 1,986 -- 1,755 --
Households where mortgage repayments are less than 30% of household income -- 92.0 -- 92.6 -- 92.8
Households with mortgage repayments greater than or equal to 30% of household income -- 8.0 -- 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 Byron Bay % New South Wales % Australia %
None 173 5.5 239,625 9.2 623,829 7.5
1 motor vehicle 1,202 38.4 946,159 36.3 2,881,485 34.8
2 motor vehicles 1,083 34.6 887,849 34.1 2,999,184 36.2
3 or more vehicles 510 16.3 435,053 16.7 1,496,382 18.1
Number of motor vehicles not stated 166 5.3 95,623 3.7 285,197 3.4

In Byron Bay (Urban Centres and Localities), 38.4% of occupied private dwellings had one registered motor vehicle garaged or parked at their address, 34.6% had two registered motor vehicles and 16.3% had three or more registered motor vehicles.

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Dwellings — internet connection
Dwelling internet connection Byron Bay % New South Wales % Australia %
Internet not accessed from dwelling 336 10.7 381,709 14.7 1,172,415 14.1
Internet accessed from dwelling 2,676 85.3 2,149,040 82.5 6,892,165 83.2
Not stated 127 4.0 73,565 2.8 221,494 2.7

In Byron Bay (Urban Centres and Localities), 85.3% 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.
Byron Bay % New South Wales % Australia %
Male 64 43.8 107,368 49.7 322,171 49.6
Female 82 56.2 108,809 50.3 326,996 50.4
Median age 29 -- 22 -- 23 --

In Byron Bay (Urban Centres and Localities), 43.8% of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people were male and 56.2% were female. The median age was 29 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
Byron Bay % New South Wales % Australia %
Average number of people per household 3.2 -- 3.1 -- 3.2 --
Average number of persons per bedroom 0.9 -- 1 -- 1 --
Median weekly household income 1,541 -- 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 Byron Bay (Urban Centres and Localities), for dwellings occupied by Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people, the average household size was 3.2 persons, with 0.9 persons per bedroom. The median household income was $1,541.

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Mortgage and rent
Occupied private dwellings where at least one person was Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
Byron Bay % New South Wales % Australia %
Median weekly rent 500 -- 270 -- 250 --
Median monthly mortgage repayments 2,000 -- 1,733 -- 1,660 --

In Byron Bay (Urban Centres and Localities), for dwellings occupied by Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people, the median weekly rent was $500 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