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Characteristics of Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Households

The following table presents some selected characteristics of Indigenous households and Other households. Other households include non-Indigenous and those where Indigenous status was not stated.

Selected Medians and Means by Indigenous status (a) 2006
Indigenous Households(b)
households (c)
Median age of persons
Median individual income ($/Weekly)
Mean equivalised gross household income (d) ($/Weekly)
Median housing loan repayment ($/monthly)
Median rent ($/Weekly)
Mean number of persons per bedroom
Mean household size
(a) Based on place of usual residence.
(b) Indigenous households are defined as those containing at least one Indigenous person, excluding visitors, who identify as being of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander origin. Households that fall outside this definition are referred to as 'other households'.
(c) Includes persons who did not state their Indigenous status.
(d) Equivalised household income takes differences in household size and composition into account so that comparisons can be made between different households (for example a lone person household and a household with 2 adults and 3 children).
Source: 2006 Census of Population and Housing, Community Profiles Series, Indigenous Profile, Table I04
and Population Characteristics, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, Australia, 2006 (cat. no. 4713.0)

As the table above shows, Indigenous households had lower medians in the categories of weekly income, loan repayments and weekly rent. The median age of persons in Indigenous households was markedly lower than the median age in other households (20 compared to 37 respectively). On average, the Indigenous household had more persons usually resident (3.4 compared to 2.6 for other households), with a slightly higher average number of persons per bedroom (1.3 compared to 1.1 for other households).

Further Information: See 2006 Census of Population and Housing, Community Profiles Series: Australia, Indigenous Profile.

Commonwealth of Australia 2008

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