2016 Census: Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Peoples QuickStats

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Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples 216,170
Male 49.7%
Female 50.3%
Median age 22
Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander households 95,491
Average people per household 3.1
Median weekly household income $1,214
Median monthly mortgage repayments $1,733
Median weekly rent $270

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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 New South Wales % 2011 % Australia %
Aboriginal 207,250 95.9 164,615 95.4 590,062 90.9
Torres Strait Islander 4,840 2.2 4,774 2.8 32,344 5.0
Both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander 4,080 1.9 3,248 1.9 26,767 4.1

For the 2016 Census in New South Wales, there were 216,170 Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people. Of these, 49.7% were male and 50.3% were female.

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Age New South Wales % 2011 % Australia %
Median age 22 -- 21 -- 23 --
0-4 years 24,956 11.5 21,408 12.4 73,265 11.3
5-14 years 49,311 22.8 41,173 23.9 147,134 22.7
15-24 years 41,327 19.1 33,390 19.3 123,719 19.1
25-34 years 27,767 12.8 20,506 11.9 88,861 13.7
35-44 years 22,886 10.6 20,587 11.9 72,394 11.2
45-54 years 22,421 10.4 17,353 10.1 67,415 10.4
55-64 years 15,934 7.4 10,891 6.3 45,433 7.0
65 years and over 11,576 5.4 7,315 4.2 30,952 4.8

In New South Wales, the median age of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people was 22 years. Of the Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people 34.4% were children aged 0 to 14 years and 5.4% were people aged 65 years and over.

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Registered marital status
People aged 15 years and over
New South Wales % 2011 % Australia %
Married 33,345 23.5 24,842 22.6 105,086 24.5
Separated 6,715 4.7 5,149 4.7 19,112 4.5
Divorced 10,931 7.7 8,507 7.7 28,796 6.7
Widowed 4,357 3.1 3,558 3.2 13,794 3.2
Never married 86,555 61.0 67,978 61.8 261,980 61.1

In New South Wales, 23.5% of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people were married and 12.4% were either divorced or separated.

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Social marital status
People aged 15 years and over
New South Wales % 2011 % Australia %
Registered marriage 29,736 23.4 22,611 23.0 86,716 23.1
De facto marriage 18,245 14.4 13,643 13.9 60,051 16.0
Not married 78,875 62.2 61,851 63.0 228,281 60.9

In New South Wales, 23.4% of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people were in a registered marriage and 14.4% were in a de facto marriage.

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Education attendance New South Wales % 2011 % Australia %
Pre-school 7,286 8.2 5,602 7.5 16,698 6.4
Primary 33,034 37.1 25,134 33.7 97,859 37.5
Secondary 22,640 25.4 18,591 24.9 65,208 25.0
Technical or further education institution 6,508 7.3 5,773 7.7 14,227 5.5
University or tertiary institution 5,623 6.3 3,548 4.8 15,489 5.9
Other 1,420 1.6 1,043 1.4 5,047 1.9
Not stated 12,589 14.1 14,878 20.0 46,428 17.8

Of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people in New South Wales, 41.2% were attending an educational institution. Of these, 37.1% were attending a primary school, 25.4% were attending a secondary school and 13.6% were attending a tertiary or technical institution.

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Level of highest educational attainment
People aged 15 years and over
New South Wales % 2011 % Australia %
Bachelor Degree level and above 9,510 6.7 -- -- 24,911 5.8
Advanced Diploma and Diploma level 8,908 6.3 -- -- 23,795 5.5
Certificate level IV 5,294 3.7 -- -- 14,308 3.3
Certificate level III 20,305 14.3 -- -- 56,625 13.2
Year 12 17,641 12.4 -- -- 59,949 14.0
Year 11 9,222 6.5 -- -- 34,674 8.1
Year 10 26,665 18.8 -- -- 77,265 18.0
Certificate level II 475 0.3 -- -- 1,215 0.3
Certificate level I 45 0.0 -- -- 241 0.1
Year 9 or below 23,512 16.6 -- -- 64,604 15.1
No educational attainment 792 0.6 -- -- 4,256 1.0
Not stated 15,835 11.2 -- -- 56,698 13.2

Of people aged 15 and over in New South Wales, 12.4% reported having completed Year 12 as their highest level of educational attainment, 18.0% had completed a Certificate III or IV and 6.3% had completed an Advanced Diploma or Diploma.

2011 benchmarks are not available for this data item.

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People — cultural & language diversity
Australian Indigenous language, top responses New South Wales % 2011 % Australia %

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Ancestry, top responses New South Wales % 2011 % 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 New South Wales (including those who did not state an ancestry).

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People — employment
Employment
People who reported being in the labour force, aged 15 years and over
New South Wales % 2011 % Australia %
Worked full-time 38,368 49.7 27,767 49.3 106,960 48.0
Worked part-time 22,333 29.0 15,015 26.6 61,049 27.4
Away from work 4,612 6.0 4,027 7.1 14,143 6.4
Unemployed 11,827 15.3 9,537 16.9 40,486 18.2
Not in the labour force 60,973 43.0 49,207 44.7 190,132 44.3

There were people who reported being in the labour force in the week before Census night in New South Wales. Of these 49.7% were employed full time, 29.0% were employed part-time and 15.3% 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.

For information on the Community Development Programme (CDP) please refer to the Census Data Dictionary. CDP data is available in TableBuilder.

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Occupation, top responses
Employed people aged 15 years and over
New South Wales % 2011 % Australia %

View the data quality statement for Occupation (OCCP)
Industry of employment, top responses
Employed people aged 15 years and over
New South Wales % 2011 % Australia %

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Median weekly incomes
People aged 15 years and over
New South Wales % 2011 % Australia %
Personal 472 -- 375 -- 441 --
Household 1,214 -- 941 -- 1,203 --

The median weekly personal income for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people in New South Wales was $472 and the median weekly household income was $1,214.

View the data quality statements for: Total personal income (INCP) Total household income (HIND)

Unpaid work
People aged 15 years and over
New South Wales % 2011 % Australia %
Did unpaid domestic work (last week) 86,767 61.1 65,434 59.5 263,334 61.4
Cared for child/children (last two weeks) 42,758 30.1 33,551 30.5 136,079 31.7
Provided unpaid assistance to a person with a disability (last two weeks) 20,600 14.5 14,988 13.6 58,541 13.7
Did voluntary work through an organisation or group (last 12 months) 21,598 15.2 14,652 13.3 63,303 14.8

In New South Wales, of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people, 61.1% did unpaid domestic work in the week before the Census. During the two weeks before the Census, 30.1% provided care for children and 14.5% assisted family members or others due to a disability, long term illness or problems related to old age. In the year before the Census, 15.2% of people did voluntary work through an organisation or a group.

View the data quality statements for: Unpaid domestic work (DOMP) Unpaid child care (CHCAREP) Unpaid assistance (UNCAREP) Voluntary work (VOLWP)

Expand Dwellings category,
includes dwelling structure household composition mortgage & rent number of motor vehicles

Dwellings — dwelling characteristics

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
New South Wales % 2011 % Australia %
Average number of people per household 3.1 -- 3.1 -- 3.2 --
Average number of persons per bedroom 1 -- (a) -- 1 --
Average number of registered motor vehicles per dwelling 1.8 -- 1.5 -- 1.7 --

a) 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 New South Wales, for dwellings occupied by Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people, the average household size was 3.1 persons, with 1 persons per bedroom and 1.8 registered motor vehicles per dwelling.

View the data quality statements for: Number of Bedrooms in Private Dwelling (BEDD) Household composition (HHCD) Indigenous household Indicator (INGDWTD)

Housing costs
Occupied private dwellings where at least one person was Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
New South Wales % 2011 % Australia %
Median weekly rent 270 -- 200 -- 250 --
Median monthly mortgage repayments 1,733 -- 1,647 -- 1,660 --

In New South Wales, for dwellings occupied by Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people, the median weekly rent was $270 and the median monthly mortgage repayment was $1,733.

View the data quality statements for: Rent weekly payments (RNTD) Mortgage monthly repayments (MRED) Indigenous household Indicator (INGDWTD)

Family household composition
Counts the types of families within family households at the dwelling level
New South Wales % 2011 % Australia %
One family household: Couple family with no children 15,498 16.2 11,053 15.0 42,536 16.2
One family household: Couple family with children 29,267 30.6 22,235 30.1 80,803 30.7
One family household: One parent family 25,476 26.7 21,152 28.6 67,528 25.7
One family household: Other family 1,801 1.9 1,423 1.9 5,547 2.1
Multiple family household: Couple family with no children 742 0.8 316 0.4 2,223 0.8
Multiple family household: Couple family with children 1,456 1.5 960 1.3 4,951 1.9
Multiple family household: One parent family 1,862 1.9 1,780 2.4 5,768 2.2
Multiple family household: Other family 92 0.1 77 0.1 471 0.2
Other household 19,295 20.2 14,918 20.2 53,195 20.2

In New South Wales, of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander households, 17.0% were a couple family with no children, 32.2% were a couple family with children and 28.6% were a one parent family.

In multiple family households, only the family composition of the primary family is recorded. Other household includes lone person households and group households.

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Dwellings — dwelling structure
Dwelling structure
Occupied private dwellings where at least one person was Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
New South Wales % 2011 % Australia %
Separate house 75,718 79.7 58,678 79.4 211,205 80.7
Semi-detached, row or terrace house, townhouse etc 9,282 9.8 6,465 8.7 27,017 10.3
Flat or apartment 8,821 9.3 7,855 10.6 20,580 7.9
Other dwelling 1,144 1.2 814 1.1 2,897 1.1

In New South Wales there were 95,491 private dwellings occupied by Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people. Where a dwelling type was stated, 79.7% were separate houses, 9.8% were semi-detached, row or terrace houses, townhouses etc, 9.3% were flats or apartments and 1.2% were other dwellings.

View the data quality statement for Dwelling structure (STRD)
Tenure
Occupied private dwellings where at least one person was Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
New South Wales % 2011 % Australia %
Owned outright 13,854 14.5 9,863 13.3 32,045 12.2
Owned with a mortgage 26,061 27.3 19,211 26.0 68,085 25.9
Rented 51,327 53.8 41,635 56.3 150,832 57.3
Other tenure type 696 0.7 523 0.7 1,888 0.7
Tenure type not stated 3,553 3.7 2,683 3.6 10,182 3.9

In New South Wales, of dwellings occupied by Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people, 14.5% were owned outright, 27.3% were owned with a mortgage and 53.8% were rented.

View the data quality statement for Tenure type (TEND)
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