2016 Census QuickStats

Australia Queensland Urban Centres and Localities

Mackay

Code UCL311003 (UCL) Search for a Community Profile
People 75,710
Male 50%
Female 50%
Median age 36
Families 19,707
Average children per family
for families with children 1.9
for all families 0.7
All private dwellings 33,570
Average people per household 2.5
Median weekly household income $1,434
Median monthly mortgage repayments $1,950
Median weekly rent $280
Average motor vehicles per dwelling 1.8

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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
Mackay % Queensland % Australia %
Male 37,871 50.0 2,321,889 49.4 11,546,638 49.3
Female 37,839 50.0 2,381,308 50.6 11,855,248 50.7
Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people 4,263 5.6 186,482 4.0 649,171 2.8

In the 2016 Census, there were 75,710 people in Mackay (Urban Centres and Localities). Of these 50.0% were male and 50.0% were female. Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people made up 5.6% of the population.

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Age Mackay % Queensland % Australia %
Median age 36 -- 37 -- 38 --
0-4 years 5,298 7.0 296,466 6.3 1,464,779 6.3
5-9 years 5,326 7.0 317,138 6.7 1,502,646 6.4
10-14 years 5,003 6.6 299,097 6.4 1,397,183 6.0
15-19 years 4,700 6.2 296,287 6.3 1,421,595 6.1
20-24 years 4,810 6.4 316,860 6.7 1,566,793 6.7
25-29 years 5,439 7.2 320,753 6.8 1,664,602 7.1
30-34 years 5,645 7.5 325,943 6.9 1,703,847 7.3
35-39 years 4,965 6.6 305,218 6.5 1,561,679 6.7
40-44 years 5,141 6.8 322,901 6.9 1,583,257 6.8
45-49 years 5,418 7.2 322,982 6.9 1,581,455 6.8
50-54 years 5,364 7.1 308,727 6.6 1,523,551 6.5
55-59 years 4,905 6.5 292,198 6.2 1,454,332 6.2
60-64 years 3,975 5.3 260,685 5.5 1,299,397 5.6
65-69 years 3,099 4.1 242,192 5.1 1,188,999 5.1
70-74 years 2,298 3.0 180,406 3.8 887,716 3.8
75-79 years 1,723 2.3 126,084 2.7 652,657 2.8
80-84 years 1,303 1.7 83,731 1.8 460,549 2.0
85 years and over 1,278 1.7 85,528 1.8 486,842 2.1

The median age of people in Mackay (Urban Centres and Localities) was 36 years. Children aged 0 - 14 years made up 20.6% of the population and people aged 65 years and over made up 12.8% of the population.

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Registered marital status
People aged 15 years and over
Mackay % Queensland % Australia %
Married 28,035 46.7 1,775,920 46.9 9,148,218 48.1
Separated 2,427 4.0 134,953 3.6 608,059 3.2
Divorced 5,545 9.2 354,382 9.3 1,626,890 8.5
Widowed 3,049 5.1 184,671 4.9 985,204 5.2
Never married 21,027 35.0 1,340,580 35.4 6,668,910 35.0

Of people in Mackay (Urban Centres and Localities) aged 15 years and over, 46.7% were married and 13.3% were either divorced or separated.

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Social marital status
People aged 15 years and over
Mackay % Queensland % Australia %
Registered marriage 23,512 46.3 1,546,502 46.7 8,001,141 47.7
De facto marriage 6,850 13.5 394,739 11.9 1,751,731 10.4
Not married 20,411 40.2 1,367,026 41.3 7,024,973 41.9

In Mackay (Urban Centres and Localities), of people aged 15 years and over, 46.3% of people were in a registered marriage and 13.5% were in a de facto marriage.

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Education Mackay % Queensland % Australia %
Preschool 909 4.1 56,639 3.9 347,621 4.8
Primary - Government 4,381 19.5 276,468 19.1 1,314,787 18.2
Primary - Catholic 1,792 8.0 73,844 5.1 380,604 5.3
Primary - other non Government 641 2.9 50,202 3.5 231,490 3.2
Secondary - Government 2,954 13.2 176,138 12.2 827,505 11.5
Secondary - Catholic 1,510 6.7 63,080 4.4 338,384 4.7
Secondary - other non Government 584 2.6 58,927 4.1 280,618 3.9
Technical or further education institution 1,049 4.7 76,992 5.3 424,869 5.9
University or tertiary institution 2,156 9.6 213,221 14.8 1,160,626 16.1
Other 504 2.2 37,517 2.6 198,383 2.8
Not stated 5,952 26.5 360,888 25.0 1,707,023 23.7

In Mackay (Urban Centres and Localities), 29.6% of people were attending an educational institution. Of these, 30.4% were in primary school, 22.5% in secondary school and 14.3% in a tertiary or technical institution.

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Level of highest educational attainment
People aged 15 years and over
Mackay % Queensland % Australia %
Bachelor Degree level and above 7,449 12.4 693,412 18.3 4,181,406 22.0
Advanced Diploma and Diploma level 4,095 6.8 330,619 8.7 1,687,893 8.9
Certificate level IV 1,770 2.9 111,975 3.0 551,767 2.9
Certificate level III 12,331 20.5 576,295 15.2 2,442,203 12.8
Year 12 8,925 14.9 625,959 16.5 2,994,097 15.7
Year 11 3,000 5.0 163,394 4.3 941,531 4.9
Year 10 9,055 15.1 488,554 12.9 2,054,331 10.8
Certificate level II 52 0.1 2,602 0.1 13,454 0.1
Certificate level I 3 0.0 418 0.0 2,176 0.0
Year 9 or below 5,070 8.4 275,376 7.3 1,529,897 8.0
No educational attainment 157 0.3 15,700 0.4 145,844 0.8
Not stated 6,870 11.4 409,227 10.8 1,974,794 10.4

Of people aged 15 and over in Mackay (Urban Centres and Localities), 14.9% reported having completed Year 12 as their highest level of educational attainment, 23.5% had completed a Certificate III or IV and 6.8% 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 Mackay % Queensland % 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 Mackay (Urban Centres and Localities) (including those who did not state an ancestry).

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Country of birth Mackay % Queensland % Australia %
Australia 59,278 78.3 3,343,657 71.1 15,614,835 66.7
Other top responses

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Country of birth of father and/or mother, stated responses Mackay % Queensland % Australia %
Both parents born overseas 12,929 17.1 1,225,441 26.1 8,051,196 34.4
Father only born overseas 4,136 5.5 302,904 6.4 1,488,092 6.4
Mother only born overseas 3,326 4.4 234,425 5.0 1,094,591 4.7
Both parents born in Australia 49,154 64.9 2,575,201 54.8 11,070,538 47.3

In Mackay (Urban Centres and Localities), 64.9% of people had both parents born in Australia and 17.1% of people had both parents born overseas.

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Country of birth of father, stated responses Mackay % Queensland % Australia %

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Country of birth of mother, stated responses Mackay % Queensland % Australia %

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Religious affiliation, top responses Mackay % Queensland % Australia %

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Language, top responses (other than English) Mackay % Queensland % Australia %

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People — employment
Employment
People who reported being in the labour force, aged 15 years and over
Mackay % Queensland % Australia %
Worked full-time 22,869 59.4 1,333,193 57.7 6,623,065 57.7
Worked part-time 10,173 26.4 691,751 29.9 3,491,503 30.4
Away from work 1,924 5.0 111,509 4.8 569,276 5.0
Unemployed 3,542 9.2 175,665 7.6 787,452 6.9

There were 38,508 people who reported being in the labour force in the week before Census night in Mackay (Urban Centres and Localities). Of these 59.4% were employed full time, 26.4% were employed part-time and 9.2% 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
Mackay % Queensland % Australia %
1-15 hours per week 3,543 10.1 235,001 11.0 1,218,823 11.4
16-24 hours per week 2,765 7.9 201,035 9.4 1,079,236 10.1
25-34 hours per week 3,860 11.0 255,714 12.0 1,193,445 11.2
35-39 hours per week 6,721 19.2 410,236 19.2 2,031,263 19.0
40 hours or more per week 16,144 46.2 922,958 43.2 4,591,801 43.0

Of employed people in Mackay (Urban Centres and Localities), 10.1% worked 1 to 15 hours, 7.9% worked 16 to 24 hours and 46.2% worked 40 hours or more.

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Occupation
Employed people aged 15 years and over
Mackay % Queensland % Australia %

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Industry of employment, top responses
Employed people aged 15 years and over
Mackay % Queensland % Australia %

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Median weekly incomes
People aged 15 years and over
Mackay % Queensland % Australia %
Personal 713 -- 660 -- 662 --
Family 1,779 -- 1,661 -- 1,734 --
Household 1,434 -- 1,402 -- 1,438 --

The median weekly personal income for people aged 15 years and over in Mackay (Urban Centres and Localities) was $713.

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Travel to work, top responses
Employed people aged 15 years and over
Mackay % Queensland % Australia %

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Unpaid work
People aged 15 years and over
Mackay % Queensland % Australia %
Did unpaid domestic work (last week) 42,055 70.0 2,671,858 70.5 13,143,914 69.0
Cared for child/children (last two weeks) 17,807 29.6 1,063,450 28.1 5,259,400 27.6
Provided unpaid assistance to a person with a disability (last two weeks) 5,886 9.8 407,168 10.7 2,145,203 11.3
Did voluntary work through an organisation or group (last 12 months) 10,853 18.1 714,138 18.8 3,620,726 19.0

In Mackay (Urban Centres and Localities), of people aged 15 years and over, 70.0% did unpaid domestic work in the week before the Census. During the two weeks before the Census, 29.6% 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, 18.1% 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
Mackay % Queensland % Australia %
Less than 5 hours per week 12,649 21.1 853,120 22.5 4,298,593 22.6
5 to 14 hours per week 16,276 27.1 1,017,232 26.8 4,944,578 26.0
15 to 29 hours per week 7,176 11.9 448,338 11.8 2,189,776 11.5
30 hours or more per week 5,956 9.9 353,168 9.3 1,710,970 9.0

Of people who did unpaid domestic work in the week before the Census in Mackay (Urban Centres and Localities), 27.1% worked 5 to 14 hours, 11.9% worked 15 to 29 hours and 9.9% 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 Mackay % Queensland % Australia %
Couple family without children 7,647 38.8 481,451 39.4 2,291,987 37.8
Couple family with children 8,463 42.9 518,494 42.5 2,716,224 44.7
One parent family 3,322 16.9 201,308 16.5 959,543 15.8
Other family 282 1.4 19,898 1.6 102,559 1.7

Of the families in Mackay (Urban Centres and Localities), 42.9% were couple families with children, 38.8% were couple families without children and 16.9% were one parent families.

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Single (or lone) parents
Proportion of the total single (or lone) parent population
Mackay % Queensland % Australia %
Male -- 18.7 -- 18.5 -- 18.2
Female -- 81.3 -- 81.5 -- 81.8

In Mackay (Urban Centres and Localities), 18.7% of single parents were male and 81.3% 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
Mackay % Queensland % Australia %
Both employed, worked full-time 3,513 21.8 225,032 22.5 1,084,006 21.6
Both employed, worked part-time 418 2.6 39,193 3.9 203,596 4.1
One employed full-time, one part-time 3,489 21.7 212,524 21.3 1,086,460 21.7
One employed full-time, other not working 2,531 15.7 144,839 14.5 749,886 15.0
One employed part-time, other not working 786 4.9 57,595 5.8 302,037 6.0
Both not working 2,536 15.7 200,661 20.1 1,006,697 20.1
Other (includes away from work) 853 5.3 52,525 5.3 264,145 5.3
Labour force status not stated (by one or both parents in a couple family) 1,981 12.3 67,574 6.8 311,381 6.2

In Mackay (Urban Centres and Localities), of couple families with children, 21.8% had both partners employed full-time, 2.6% had both employed part-time and 21.7% 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 Mackay % Queensland % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings 27,291 86.5 1,656,828 89.4 8,286,073 88.8
Unoccupied private dwellings 4,253 13.5 195,570 10.6 1,039,874 11.2

In Mackay (Urban Centres and Localities), 86.5% of private dwellings were occupied and 13.5% were unoccupied.

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Dwelling structure
Occupied private dwellings
Mackay % Queensland % Australia %
Separate house 21,941 80.4 1,269,653 76.6 6,041,788 72.9
Semi-detached, row or terrace house, townhouse etc 3,283 12.0 174,984 10.6 1,055,016 12.7
Flat or apartment 1,636 6.0 186,780 11.3 1,087,434 13.1
Other dwelling 259 0.9 16,809 1.0 64,425 0.8

Of occupied private dwellings in Mackay (Urban Centres and Localities), 80.4% were separate houses, 12.0% were semi-detached, row or terrace houses, townhouses etc, 6.0% were flat or apartments and 0.9% were other dwellings.

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Number of bedrooms
Occupied private dwellings
Mackay % Queensland % Australia %
None (includes bedsitters) 96 0.4 8,306 0.5 39,769 0.5
1 bedroom 1,012 3.7 70,628 4.3 411,252 5.0
2 bedrooms 3,997 14.6 275,203 16.6 1,562,759 18.9
3 bedrooms 11,604 42.5 657,978 39.7 3,403,190 41.1
4 or more bedrooms 9,890 36.2 604,269 36.5 2,670,758 32.2
Number of bedrooms not stated 691 2.5 40,448 2.4 198,351 2.4
Average number of bedrooms per dwelling 3.2 -- 3.2 -- 3.1 --
Average number of people per household 2.5 -- 2.6 -- 2.6 --

In Mackay (Urban Centres and Localities), of occupied private dwellings 3.7% had 1 bedroom, 14.6% had 2 bedrooms and 42.5% had 3 bedrooms. The average number of bedrooms per occupied private dwelling was 3.2. The average household size was 2.5 people.

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Tenure
Occupied private dwellings
Mackay % Queensland % Australia %
Owned outright 6,799 24.9 471,407 28.5 2,565,695 31.0
Owned with a mortgage 9,392 34.4 558,439 33.7 2,855,222 34.5
Rented 10,000 36.7 566,478 34.2 2,561,302 30.9
Other tenure type 333 1.2 15,566 0.9 78,994 1.0
Tenure type not stated 761 2.8 44,944 2.7 224,869 2.7

Of occupied private dwellings in Mackay (Urban Centres and Localities), 24.9% were owned outright, 34.4% were owned with a mortgage and 36.7% were rented.

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Dwellings — household composition
Household composition Mackay % Queensland % Australia %
Family households 19,415 71.1 1,189,859 71.8 5,907,625 71.3
Single (or lone) person households 6,900 25.3 389,076 23.5 2,023,542 24.4
Group households 981 3.6 77,898 4.7 354,917 4.3

In Mackay (Urban Centres and Localities), of all households, 71.1% were family households, 25.3% were single person households and 3.6% were group households.

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Household income Mackay % Queensland % Australia %
Less than $650 gross weekly income -- 20.7 -- 19.5 -- 20.0
More than $3000 gross weekly income -- 14.7 -- 14.4 -- 16.4

In Mackay (Urban Centres and Localities), 20.7% of households had a weekly household income of less than $650 and 14.7% 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 Mackay % Queensland % Australia %
Median rent 280 -- 330 -- 335 --
Households where rent payments are less than 30% of household income -- 88.6 -- 87.2 -- 88.5
Households with rent payments greater than or equal to 30% of household income -- 11.4 -- 12.8 -- 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 Mackay % Queensland % Australia %
Median mortgage repayments 1,950 -- 1,733 -- 1,755 --
Households where mortgage repayments are less than 30% of household income -- 93.6 -- 93.6 -- 92.8
Households with mortgage repayments greater than or equal to 30% of household income -- 6.4 -- 6.4 -- 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 Mackay % Queensland % Australia %
None 1,721 6.3 99,133 6.0 623,829 7.5
1 motor vehicle 9,345 34.2 566,233 34.2 2,881,485 34.8
2 motor vehicles 10,551 38.6 620,096 37.4 2,999,184 36.2
3 or more vehicles 4,707 17.2 315,106 19.0 1,496,382 18.1
Number of motor vehicles not stated 976 3.6 56,263 3.4 285,197 3.4

In Mackay (Urban Centres and Localities), 34.2% of occupied private dwellings had one registered motor vehicle garaged or parked at their address, 38.6% had two registered motor vehicles and 17.2% had three or more registered motor vehicles.

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Dwellings — internet connection
Dwelling internet connection Mackay % Queensland % Australia %
Internet not accessed from dwelling 4,308 15.8 224,855 13.6 1,172,415 14.1
Internet accessed from dwelling 22,234 81.5 1,387,499 83.7 6,892,165 83.2
Not stated 747 2.7 44,482 2.7 221,494 2.7

In Mackay (Urban Centres and Localities), 81.5% 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.
Mackay % Queensland % Australia %
Male 2,037 47.8 92,176 49.4 322,171 49.6
Female 2,226 52.2 94,311 50.6 326,996 50.4
Median age 20 -- 22 -- 23 --

In Mackay (Urban Centres and Localities), 47.8% of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people were male and 52.2% were female. The median age was 20 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
Mackay % Queensland % Australia %
Average number of people per household 3.1 -- 3.3 -- 3.2 --
Average number of persons per bedroom 1 -- 1 -- 1 --
Median weekly household income 1,176 -- 1,222 -- 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 Mackay (Urban Centres and Localities), for dwellings occupied by Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people, the average household size was 3.1 persons, with 1 persons per bedroom. The median household income was $1,176.

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Mortgage and rent
Occupied private dwellings where at least one person was Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
Mackay % Queensland % Australia %
Median weekly rent 260 -- 270 -- 250 --
Median monthly mortgage repayments 1,950 -- 1,733 -- 1,660 --

In Mackay (Urban Centres and Localities), for dwellings occupied by Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people, the median weekly rent was $260 and the median monthly mortgage repayment was $1,950.

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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