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CHARACTERISTICS OF TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER PERSONS(a), aged 15 years or over, 2002


Torres Strait Area
Balance of Queensland
Queensland
Australia excluding
Torres Strait Area
Australia
%
%
%
%
%

Family and culture
Involved in social activities in last 3 months
100.0
87.0
89.8
88.1
89.5
Participated in sport or physical recreation activities in last 12 months
88.7
48.8
57.5
47.8
52.8
Able to get support in time of crisis from someone outside household
87.0
86.8
86.9
90.1
89.8
At least one stressor experienced in last 12 months
95.7
80.7
83.9
80.2
82.1
Identifies with clan, tribal or language group
*63.9
56.5
58.1
41.6
44.3
Currently lives in homelands/traditional country
*45.4
*9.2
17.0
12.4
16.4
Attended cultural events in last 12 months
98.7
84.2
87.4
66.5
70.4
Speaks an Indigenous language(b)
*54.6
57.8
57.1
46.1
47.1
Main language spoken at home
English
**20.0
68.5
58.0
82.2
74.7
Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander language
*8.9
*20.2
*17.8
11.7
11.4
Other(c)
*71.1
**11.3
24.2
**6.0
13.9
Health and disability
Self-assessed health status
Excellent/very good
38.8
42.0
41.3
45.7
44.9
Good
*38.1
35.1
35.8
31.5
32.3
Fair/poor
*23.1
22.8
22.9
22.8
22.8
Has a disability or long-term health condition
*33.0
38.1
37.0
35.1
34.8
Education
Has a non-school qualification
*18.4
27.9
25.9
29.4
28.0
Does not have a non-school qualification
Year 12
*20.8
13.8
15.3
12.8
13.8
Year 10 or Year 11
*34.9
32.5
33.0
32.6
32.9
Year 9 or below(d)
*25.9
25.8
25.8
25.2
25.3
Total with no non-school qualification(e)
81.6
72.1
74.1
70.6
72.0
Employment
Employed
CDEP
*44.2
**15.9
*22.0
*9.1
*13.3
Non-CDEP
*16.2
29.7
26.8
39.3
36.5
Total employed(e)
*60.4
45.6
48.8
48.4
49.8
Unemployed
**2.5
*15.1
*12.4
18.1
16.2
Not in the labour force
*37.1
39.3
38.8
33.5
33.9
Income
Equivalised gross household income - second and third deciles
*49.4
44.3
45.4
46.9
47.2
Financial stress
Unable to raise $2,000 within a week for something important
75.3
60.9
64.0
50.0
53.1
Housing
Household tenure type
Owner with or without a mortgage
**6.2
*20.9
17.7
34.9
31.4
Renter
*84.6
79.1
80.3
63.8
66.3
Dwelling has major structural problems
*69.6
33.0
40.9
28.4
33.4
Repairs and maintenance carried out in last 12 months
54.1
59.4
58.2
67.5
65.8
Dwelling requires additional bedroom(s)(f)
*41.9
*32.3
34.4
*27.6
29.3
Law and justice
Victim of physical or threatened violence in last 12 months
*29.8
22.8
24.4
25.3
25.9
Transport access
Has access to motor vehicle(s) to drive
*31.9
50.3
46.3
54.0
51.4
Mobility
Moved dwellings in last 12 months
*16.3
36.9
32.4
30.9
29.2
Information technology
Used computer in last 12 months
*39.4
55.2
51.8
60.5
58.0
Accessed Internet in last 12 months
*27.4
35.1
33.5
43.5
41.6
Torres Strait Islander persons aged 15 years or over (number)
3,600
13,000
16,600
26,200
29,800

* estimate has a relative standard error of 25% to 50% and should be used with caution
** estimate has a relative standard error greater than 50% and is considered too unreliable for general use
(a) Includes persons who identified as being of both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander origin.
(b) Includes persons who speak only some Indigenous words.
(c) May include some speakers of Oceanian pidgins and creoles.
(d) Includes persons who never attended school.
(e) Total may include persons for whom some specific information could not be determined.
(f) Based on the Canadian National Occupancy Standard for housing appropriateness.

Source: National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey, 2002, cat. no. 4714.0
Commonwealth of Australia 2004

Note: This is a reproduction of Table 23 in the publication National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey, 2002 (cat. no. 4714.0)


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