Australian Capital Territory

2006 Census All persons QuickStats
Geography type State/Territory
Area code 8
People 324,034
Male 159,656
Female 164,378
Median age 34
Australian citizenship 290,142
People born overseas 70,371
Overseas visitors (excluded from people counts) 2,919
Families 84,508
All private dwellings (including unoccupied) 131,375
Average people per household 2.6
Median weekly household income $1,509
Median monthly mortgage repayment $1,500
Median weekly rent $260
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People

demographics & education | cultural & language diversity | employment

Demographics & education

People Australian Capital Territory % Australian Capital Territory Australia % Australia
Total 324,034 -- 19,855,288 --
Male 159,656 49.3 9,799,252 49.4
Female 164,378 50.7 10,056,036 50.6
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Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people 3,873 1.2 455,031 2.3

In the 2006 Census, 324,034 people were usually resident in Australian Capital Territory: of these 49.3% were male and 50.7% were female. Of the total population 1.2% were Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people.

Age
People
Australian Capital Territory % Australian Capital Territory Australia % Australia
0-4 years 20,125 6.2 1,260,405 6.3
5-14 years 41,806 12.9 2,676,807 13.5
15-24 years 51,166 15.8 2,704,276 13.6
25-54 years 145,221 44.8 8,376,751 42.2
55-64 years 34,155 10.5 2,192,675 11.0
65 years and over 31,560 9.7 2,644,374 13.3
Median age 34 -- 37 --

In the 2006 Census, 19.1% of people usually resident in Australian Capital Territory were children aged 0-14 years, and 20.3% were people aged 55 years and over. The median age was 34 years.

Selected characteristics Australian Capital Territory % Australian Capital Territory Australia % Australia
Australian citizenship 290,142 89.5 17,095,569 86.1
People born overseas 70,371 21.7 4,416,037 22.2
Overseas visitors (excluded from people counts) 2,919 0.9 206,358 1.0

In the 2006 Census, 89.5% of people usually resident in Australian Capital Territory were Australian citizens, 21.7% were born overseas and 0.9% people were overseas visitors.

Registered marital status
People aged 15 years and over
Australian Capital Territory % Australian Capital Territory Australia % Australia
Married 125,151 47.7 7,900,684 49.6
Separated or divorced 28,620 10.9 1,801,979 11.3
Widowed 10,833 4.1 936,813 5.9
Never married 97,501 37.2 5,278,600 33.2

In the 2006 Census, 47.7% of people aged 15 years and over usually resident in Australian Capital Territory were married, 10.9% were either separated or divorced, 4.1% were widowed and 37.2% were never married.

Cultural & language diversity

Country of birth Australian Capital Territory % Australian Capital Territory Australia % Australia
Australia 236,459 73.0 14,072,944 70.9
Other top responses:  null  null  null  null
England 12,991 4.0 856,939 4.3
New Zealand 3,916 1.2 389,463 2.0
China 3,543 1.1 206,591 1.0
India 2,734 0.8 147,106 0.7
Viet Nam 2,372 0.7 159,850 0.8

In the 2006 Census, 73.0% of people usually resident in Australian Capital Territory, stated they were born in Australia. Other common responses for country of birth were England 4.0%, New Zealand 1.2%, China 1.1%, India 0.8% and Viet Nam 0.7%.

Religious affiliation, top responses Australian Capital Territory % Australian Capital Territory Australia % Australia
Catholic 90,826 28.0 5,126,882 25.8
No Religion 75,687 23.4 3,706,557 18.7
Anglican 54,230 16.7 3,718,248 18.7
Uniting Church 13,023 4.0 1,135,422 5.7
Presbyterian and Reformed 8,843 2.7 596,668 3.0

In the 2006 Census, the most common responses for religious affiliation for people usually resident in Australian Capital Territory were Catholic 28.0%, No Religion 23.4%, Anglican 16.7%, Uniting Church 4.0% and Presbyterian and Reformed 2.7%.

Language, top responses (other than English) Australian Capital Territory % Australian Capital Territory Australia % Australia
Mandarin 3,634 1.1 220,601 1.1
Italian 3,425 1.1 316,890 1.6
Vietnamese 3,065 0.9 194,855 1.0
Cantonese 2,882 0.9 244,553 1.2
Greek 2,569 0.8 252,220 1.3
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English only spoken at home 262,452 81.0 15,581,333 78.5

In the 2006 Census, the most common responses for language other than English spoken at home by people usually resident in Australian Capital Territory were Mandarin 1.1%, Italian 1.1%, Vietnamese 0.9%, Cantonese 0.9% and Greek 0.8%. English was stated as the only language spoken at home by 81.0%.

Employment

Employment
People aged 15 years and over
Australian Capital Territory % Australian Capital Territory Australia % Australia
Worked full-time 117,943 64.6 5,827,432 60.7
Worked part-time 47,099 25.8 2,685,193 27.9
Away from work 7,683 4.2 337,991 3.5
Hours worked not stated 3,555 1.9 253,567 2.6
Unemployed 6,207 3.4 503,804 5.2
Not in the labour force 67,077 -- 5,271,116 --
Total in labour force (includes employed and unemployed people) 182,487 -- 9,607,987 --
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During the week prior to the 2006 Census, 182,487 people aged 15 years and over in Australian Capital Territory were in the labour force. Of these 64.6% worked full-time, 25.8% worked part-time, 4.2% were away from work, 1.9% were employed but did not state their hours worked and 3.4% were unemployed. 67,077 people were not in the labour force.

Occupation
Employed people aged 15 years and over
Australian Capital Territory % Australian Capital Territory Australia % Australia
Professionals 51,573 29.3 1,806,010 19.8
Clerical and Administrative Workers 33,584 19.1 1,365,805 15.0
Managers 27,170 15.4 1,202,267 13.2
Technicians and Trades Workers 18,669 10.6 1,309,258 14.4
Community and Personal Service Workers 15,940 9.0 801,906 8.8
Sales Workers 13,206 7.5 896,208 9.8
Labourers 9,182 5.2 952,520 10.5
Machinery Operators And Drivers 4,379 2.5 604,616 6.6

In the 2006 Census, the most common responses for occupation for Australian Capital Territory were Professionals 29.3%, Clerical and Administrative Workers 19.1%, Managers 15.4%, Technicians and Trades Workers 10.6%, Community and Personal Service Workers 9.0%, Sales Workers 7.5%, Labourers 5.2% and Machinery Operators And Drivers 2.5%.

Industry of employment, top responses
Employed people aged 15 years and over
Australian Capital Territory % Australian Capital Territory Australia % Australia
Central Government Administration 31,694 18.0 115,446 1.3
Defence 9,449 5.4 66,810 0.7
School Education 7,024 4.0 414,214 4.5
Tertiary Education 6,470 3.7 168,292 1.8
Cafes, Restaurants and Takeaway Food Services 6,118 3.5 328,521 3.6

In the 2006 Census, of the employed people aged 15 years and over in Australian Capital Territory, the most common responses for industry of employment included Central Government Administration 18.0%, Defence 5.4%, School Education 4.0%, Tertiary Education 3.7% and Cafes, Restaurants and Takeaway Food Services 3.5%.

Median weekly incomes
People aged 15 years and over
Australian Capital Territory % Australian Capital Territory Australia % Australia
Personal 722 -- 466 --
Family 1,773 -- 1,171 --
Household 1,509 -- 1,027 --

In the 2006 Census in Australian Capital Territory, the median weekly personal income for people aged 15 years and over who were usual residents was $722, the median family income was $1,773 and the median household income was $1,509.

Families

family composition

Family composition

Family composition Australian Capital Territory % Australian Capital Territory Australia % Australia
Couple family without children 30,628 36.2 1,943,643 37.2
Couple family with children 39,738 47.0 2,362,582 45.3
One parent family 12,797 15.1 823,254 15.8
Other family 1,345 1.6 89,686 1.7
Total families 84,508 -- 5,219,165 --

In the 2006 Census, there were 84,508 families in Australian Capital Territory: of these 36.2% were couple families without children, 47.0% were couple families with children, 15.1% were one parent families and 1.6% were other families.

Dwellings

dwelling structure | dwelling characteristics | household composition

Dwelling structure

Dwellings include visitor only and other not-classifiable households unless otherwise stated

Dwelling type Australian Capital Territory % Australian Capital Territory Australia % Australia
Occupied private dwellings 122,901 -- 7,596,183 --
All private dwellings (including unoccupied) 131,375 -- 8,426,559 --

In the 2006 Census 122,901 occupied private dwellings were counted in Australian Capital Territory.

Dwelling structure
Occupied private dwellings
Australian Capital Territory % Australian Capital Territory Australia % Australia
Separate house 92,151 75.0 5,685,387 74.8
Semi-detached, row or terrace house, townhouse etc 16,621 13.5 702,550 9.2
Flat, unit or apartment 13,829 11.3 1,076,315 14.2
Other dwelling 259 0.2 127,337 1.7
Dwelling type not stated 41 0.0 4,594 0.1

In the 2006 Census, of the occupied private dwellings in Australian Capital Territory, 75.0% were separate houses, 13.5% were semi-detached, row or terrace houses, townhouses etc, 11.3% were flats, units or apartments and 0.2% were other dwellings.

Tenure
Occupied private dwellings
Australian Capital Territory % Australian Capital Territory Australia % Australia
Owned outright 35,224 28.7 2,478,264 32.6
Owned with a mortgage (includes being purchased under rent/buy scheme) 45,313 36.9 2,448,205 32.2
Rented (includes rent-free) 35,139 28.6 2,063,947 27.2
Other tenure type 629 0.5 65,715 0.9
Tenure type not stated 6,597 5.4 540,050 7.1

In the 2006 Census in Australian Capital Territory, 28.7% of occupied private dwellings were owned outright, 36.9% were owned with a mortgage and 28.6% were rented.

Landlord type
Occupied private dwellings being rented (including rent-free accommodation)
Australian Capital Territory % Australian Capital Territory Australia % Australia
Real estate agent 14,412 41.0 1,043,198 50.5
State or Territory housing authority 9,311 26.5 306,697 14.9
Other landlord type 10,835 30.8 652,012 31.6
Landlord type not stated 579 1.6 62,037 3.0

In the 2006 Census in Australian Capital Territory, of the occupied private dwellings being rented, 41.0% were rented from a real estate agent, 26.5% were rented from a State or Territory housing authority and 30.8% were rented from other landlord type.

Dwelling characteristics

Dwelling characteristics Australian Capital Territory % Australian Capital Territory Australia % Australia
Median weekly rent 260 -- 190 --
Median monthly mortgage repayment 1,500 -- 1,300 --
Average people per household 2.6 -- 2.6 --
Average number of people per bedroom 1.1 -- 1.1 --

In the 2006 Census in Australian Capital Territory, the median weekly rent was $260. The median monthly mortgage repayment was $1,500. The average people per household was 2.6 and the average number of people per bedroom was 1.1.

Household composition

Household composition
Excludes visitor only and other not classifiable households
Australian Capital Territory % Australian Capital Territory Australia % Australia
Family households 83,503 67.9 5,122,760 67.4
Single (or lone) person households 27,118 22.1 1,740,481 22.9
Group households 6,292 5.1 280,856 3.7

In the 2006 Census in Australian Capital Territory, 67.9% of occupied private dwellings were family households, 22.1% were single (or lone) person households and 5.1% were group households.

The information contained in this QuickStat has been produced by the Australian Bureau of Statistics. It contains data from the 2006 Census of Population & Housing held on 9 August 2006. 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. For further enquiries contact the ABS National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070 | www.abs.gov.au/census

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