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Image: Industry and OccupationINDUSTRY AND OCCUPATION

Industry

All business entities are assigned to a particular industry based on the main activity of the business.
The industry is classified according to the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC, 2006) Revision 1.0 (cat. no. 1292.0).

The most common industries in which Indigenous people were employed were similar to that of non-Indigenous people, although of differing proportions.

In 2006, the most common industries in which Indigenous people in Australia were employed were:
(please hover mouse over industry to see description)


The most common industries of employment for non-Indigenous Australians were:


Most Common Industry of Employment by Indigenous status (a), 2006
Indigenous
%
Non-Indigenous %
Public Administration and Safety
17.5
6.6
Health Care and Social Assistance
15.0
10.6
Education and Training
8.6
7.8
Retail Trade
7.8
11.5
Manufacturing
7.7
10.6
Construction
7.1
7.9
(a) Employed persons aged 15 years and over, Census, 2006.
Source: Population Characteristics, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, Australia, 2006 (cat. no. 4713.0).


Most Common Industry of Employment by Indigenous status (a), 2006

(a) Employed persons aged 15 years and over.
Source: Population Characteristics, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, Australia, 2006 (cat. no. 4713.0).


Indigenous females were most likely to be employed in Health Care and Social Assistance (21%), Public Administration and Safety (16%), Education and Training (13%) and Retail Trade (10%).

The composition was different for Indigenous males, who were most likely to be employed in Public Administration and Safety (18%) followed by Construction (12%), Manufacturing (11%) and Health Care and Social Assistance (8%).

Most Common Industry of Employment (a), by Indigenous persons by Sex, 2006
Males
%
Females
%
Health Care and Social Assistance
8.4
21.2
Public Administration and Safety
17.5
16.0
Education and Training
4.1
13.1
Retail Trade
5.4
9.9
Manufacturing
11.1
3.3
Construction
11.7
1.3
(a) Employed persons aged 15 years and over, Census, 2006.
Source: Indigenous Community Profiles, Australia, 2006 Census


Most Common Industry of Employment by Sex, Indigenous persons, 2006

Source: Indigenous Community Profiles, Australia, 2006 Census.

Further Information:

2006 Census of Population and Housing, Community Profiles Series: Australia, Indigenous Profile

Population Characteristics, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, Australia, 2006 (cat. no. 4713.0)

Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC), 2006 (Revision 1.0) (cat.no.1292.0)




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