People in Australia who were born in Pakistan

2016 Census Country of birth QuickStats
Area code 0 by 7106
People 61,915
Male 37,720
Female 24,195
Australian citizen 42.3%
Not an Australian citizen 56.0%
Families 20,067
Couples with children 14,409
Couples without children 4,133
One parent families 1,010
Other families 527
All private dwellings 26,389
Median monthly mortgage repayment $1,950
Median weekly rent paid $358

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People

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Demographics & education

People Born in Pakistan % Born in Pakistan All overseas born % All overseas born Australian born % Australian born Total % Total
Male 37,720 60.9 2,997,173 48.6 7,735,362 49.5 11,546,638 49.3
Female 24,195 39.1 3,166,493 51.4 7,880,175 50.5 11,855,248 50.7

In the 2016 Census, there were 61,915 people in Australia who were born in Pakistan. Of these 60.9% were male and 39.1% were female.

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Age
People
Born in Pakistan % Born in Pakistan All overseas born % All overseas born Australian born % Australian born Total % Total
0-14 years 8,802 14.2 366,872 6.0 3,777,875 24.2 4,364,607 18.7
15-24 years 9,141 14.8 612,643 9.9 2,197,847 14.1 2,988,390 12.8
25-34 years 22,203 35.9 1,130,884 18.3 1,994,601 12.8 3,368,449 14.4
35-44 years 12,190 19.7 1,021,528 16.6 1,911,355 12.2 3,144,935 13.4
45-54 years 5,308 8.6 961,980 15.6 1,920,340 12.3 3,105,007 13.3
55-64 years 2,763 4.5 840,595 13.6 1,704,198 10.9 2,753,734 11.8
65 years and over 1,503 2.4 1,229,161 19.9 2,109,310 13.5 3,676,765 15.7
Median age 30 -- 44 -- 34 -- 38 --

Of the population born in Pakistan who usually live in Australia, 14.2% were aged 0 - 14 years and 2.4% were aged 65 years and over. The median age of people in Australia who were born in Pakistan was 30 years.

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Registered marital status
People aged 15 years and over
Born in Pakistan % Born in Pakistan All overseas born % All overseas born Australian born % Australian born Total % Total
Married 35,504 66.8 3,362,174 58.0 5,158,710 43.6 9,148,218 48.1
Separated 751 1.4 178,867 3.1 376,863 3.2 608,059 3.2
Divorced 993 1.9 464,766 8.0 1,021,844 8.6 1,626,890 8.5
Widowed 639 1.2 326,987 5.6 560,940 4.7 985,204 5.2
Never married 15,225 28.7 1,463,996 25.3 4,719,302 39.9 6,668,910 35.0

Of people in Australia aged 15 years and over who were born in Pakistan, 66.8% were married, 1.4% were separated, and 1.9% were divorced.

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Education Born in Pakistan % Born in Pakistan All overseas born % All overseas born Australian born % Australian born Total % Total
Pre-school 615 1.0 21,982 0.4 323,754 2.1 347,621 1.5
Primary 4,889 7.9 197,196 3.2 1,717,830 11.0 1,926,880 8.2
Secondary 3,055 4.9 224,770 3.6 1,211,676 7.8 1,446,506 6.2
University or tertiary institution 8,658 14.0 440,789 7.2 713,008 4.6 1,160,630 5.0
Technical or further education 2,122 3.4 152,909 2.5 267,689 1.7 424,870 1.8
Other 1,645 2.7 97,890 1.6 98,429 0.6 198,383 0.8
Institution attended, type not stated 1,214 2.0 117,292 1.9 329,449 2.1 1,707,023 7.3
Not attending an educational institution 39,712 64.1 4,910,840 79.7 10,953,685 70.1 16,189,980 69.2

Of the population born in Pakistan who usually live in Australia, 35.9% were attending an educational institution. There were 7.9% in primary school, 4.9% in secondary school and 17.4% in a tertiary or technical institution.

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Level of highest educational attainment
People aged 15 years and over
Born in Pakistan % Born in Pakistan All overseas born % All overseas born Australian born % Australian born Total % Total
Bachelor Degree level and above 27,475 51.7 1,830,410 31.6 2,320,141 19.6 4,181,406 22.0
Advanced Diploma and Diploma level 3,966 7.5 587,176 10.1 1,079,954 9.1 1,687,893 8.9
Certificate level IV 496 0.9 120,064 2.1 425,836 3.6 551,767 2.9
Certificate level III 1,486 2.8 565,803 9.8 1,831,323 15.5 2,442,203 12.8
Year 12 11,106 20.9 1,051,623 18.1 1,902,337 16.1 2,994,097 15.7
Year 11 860 1.6 200,856 3.5 724,761 6.1 941,531 4.9
Year 10 2,406 4.5 418,929 7.2 1,588,715 13.4 2,054,331 10.8
Certificate level II 20 0.0 3,313 0.1 9,848 0.1 13,454 0.1
Certificate level I 7 0.0 863 0.0 1,266 0.0 2,176 0.0
Year 9 or below 1,594 3.0 458,176 7.9 1,027,299 8.7 1,529,897 8.0
No educational attainment 920 1.7 114,870 2.0 26,748 0.2 145,844 0.8
Not stated 1,491 2.8 264,618 4.6 570,419 4.8 1,974,794 10.4

Of the population born in Pakistan who usually live in Australia, 20.9% reported having completed Year 12 as their highest level of educational attainment, 3.7% had completed a Certificate III or IV and 7.5% had completed an Advanced Diploma or Diploma.

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Cultural & language diversity

Year of arrival Born in Pakistan % Born in Pakistan All overseas born % All overseas born Australian born % Australian born Total % Total
Before 1941 0 0.0 9,289 0.2 -- -- -- --
1941 - 1950 57 0.1 84,378 1.4 -- -- -- --
1951 - 1960 100 0.2 321,721 5.2 -- -- -- --
1961 - 1970 317 0.5 590,106 9.6 -- -- -- --
1971 - 1980 862 1.4 541,319 8.8 -- -- -- --
1981 - 1990 2,801 4.5 768,312 12.5 -- -- -- --
1991 - 2000 5,688 9.2 766,940 12.4 -- -- -- --
2001 - 2005 5,654 9.1 559,084 9.1 -- -- -- --
2006 - 2010 12,564 20.3 985,332 16.0 -- -- -- --
2011 - 2016 32,290 52.1 1,324,426 21.5 -- -- -- --
Born in Australia -- -- -- -- 15,615,531 -- -- --

In Australia of people who were born in Pakistan, 52.1% arrived in Australia from 2011 - 2016 and 20.3% from 2006 - 2010.

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Citizenship Born in Pakistan % Born in Pakistan All overseas born % All overseas born Australian born % Australian born Total % Total
Australian citizen 26,162 42.3 3,652,290 59.3 15,304,785 98.0 19,278,834 82.4
Not an Australian citizen 34,649 56.0 2,402,591 39.0 86,884 0.6 2,507,458 10.7

In Australia of people who were born in Pakistan, 42.3% were Australian citizens.

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Birthplace of spouse or partner Born in Pakistan % Born in Pakistan All overseas born % All overseas born Australian born % Australian born Total % Total
Spouse or partner born overseas 28,971 93.3 2,533,692 72.3 874,386 14.5 3,432,017 35.9
Spouse or partner born in Australia 1,478 4.8 874,386 25.0 4,975,104 82.7 5,872,893 61.4

In Australia of people who were born in Pakistan and had a spouse or partner, 93.3% had a spouse or partner who was born overseas and 4.8% had a spouse or partner born in Australia.

Note: Total does not include those spouses or partners who did not state their country of birth.

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Religious affiliation, top responses
Results may include 'nfd' for 'not further defined'
Born in Pakistan % Born in Pakistan All overseas born % All overseas born Australian born % Australian born Total % Total
Islam 54,732 88.4 372,165 6.0 219,936 1.4 604,240 2.6
Catholic 1,568 2.5 1,306,565 21.2 3,895,007 24.9 5,291,834 22.6
No Religion, so described 1,310 2.1 1,647,084 26.7 5,197,438 33.3 6,933,708 29.6
Hinduism 478 0.8 356,958 5.8 80,193 0.5 440,300 1.9
Anglican 297 0.5 535,049 8.7 2,504,891 16.0 3,101,185 13.3

In Australia of people who were born in Pakistan, the most common responses to the religion question were Islam 88.4%, Catholic 2.5%, No Religion, so described 2.1%, Hinduism 0.8% and Anglican 0.5%.

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English language proficiency Born in Pakistan % Born in Pakistan All overseas born % All overseas born Australian born % Australian born Total % Total
Speaks English only 4,995 8.1 2,581,282 41.9 14,190,672 90.9 17,020,421 72.7
Speaks other language and speaks English:  null  null  null  null  null  null
Very well or well 51,236 82.8 2,885,219 46.8 1,122,966 7.2 4,068,598 17.4
Not well or not at all 5,058 8.2 648,470 10.5 157,704 1.0 819,925 3.5

In Australia of people who were born in Pakistan, 8.1% spoke English only at home. A further 82.8% spoke another language but also spoke English very well or well.

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Employment

Employment
Labour force, people aged 15 years and over
Born in Pakistan % Born in Pakistan All overseas born % All overseas born Australian born % Australian born Total % Total
Worked full-time 17,546 50.2 2,052,828 58.4 4,491,739 57.5 6,623,065 57.7
Worked part-time 11,204 32.0 1,025,198 29.2 2,421,402 31.0 3,491,503 30.4
Away from work 1,564 4.5 158,027 4.5 397,088 5.1 569,276 5.0
Unemployed 4,650 13.3 277,586 7.9 498,013 6.4 787,452 6.9
Not in the labour force 17,706 33.3 2,221,922 38.3 3,913,066 33.1 6,297,600 33.1

In Australia of people who were born in Pakistan and who were in the labour force, 50.2% worked full-time, 32.0% worked part-time and 13.3% 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
Labour force, people aged 15 years and over
Born in Pakistan % Born in Pakistan All overseas born % All overseas born Australian born % Australian born Total % Total
1-15 hours per week 2,847 9.4 313,561 9.7 890,779 12.2 1,218,823 11.4
16-24 hours per week 5,373 17.7 358,890 11.1 706,291 9.7 1,079,236 10.1
25-34 hours per week 2,981 9.8 352,748 10.9 824,331 11.3 1,193,445 11.2
35-39 hours per week 7,119 23.5 705,848 21.8 1,300,092 17.8 2,031,263 19.0
40 hours or more per week 10,428 34.4 1,346,985 41.6 3,191,643 43.7 4,591,801 43.0

In Australia of people who were born in Pakistan and who were employed, 34.4% worked 40 hours or more per week and 23.5% worked 35-39 hours per week.

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Occupation, top responses
Employed people aged 15 years and over
Born in Pakistan % Born in Pakistan All overseas born % All overseas born Australian born % Australian born Total % Total
Professionals 7,631 25.2 815,695 25.2 1,536,662 21.0 2,370,966 22.2
Machinery Operators and Drivers 4,184 13.8 210,138 6.5 447,114 6.1 670,106 6.3
Community and Personal Service Workers 3,872 12.8 351,854 10.9 789,597 10.8 1,157,003 10.8
Labourers 3,041 10.0 354,542 11.0 638,102 8.7 1,011,520 9.5
Sales Workers 3,002 9.9 242,224 7.5 746,730 10.2 1,000,955 9.4

In Australia of people who were born in Pakistan, the most common responses for occupation were Professionals 25.2%, Machinery Operators and Drivers 13.8%, Community and Personal Service Workers 12.8%, Labourers 10.0% and Sales Workers 9.9%.

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Industry of employment, top responses
Employed people aged 15 years and over
Born in Pakistan % Born in Pakistan All overseas born % All overseas born Australian born % Australian born Total % Total
Taxi and Other Road Transport 1,971 6.5 20,253 0.6 9,447 0.1 30,143 0.3
Investigation and Security Services 1,418 4.7 16,147 0.5 28,230 0.4 44,946 0.4
Computer System Design and Related Services 1,291 4.3 82,618 2.6 79,573 1.1 162,884 1.5
Supermarket and Grocery Stores 1,195 4.0 63,537 2.0 187,929 2.6 254,275 2.4
Child Care Services 982 3.3 42,996 1.3 73,892 1.0 118,234 1.1

In Australia of people who were born in Pakistan, the most common responses for industry of employment were Taxi and Other Road Transport 6.5%, Investigation and Security Services 4.7%, Computer System Design and Related Services 4.3%, Supermarket and Grocery Stores 4.0% and Child Care Services 3.3%.

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Median weekly income
People aged 15 years and over
Born in Pakistan % Born in Pakistan All overseas born % All overseas born Australian born % Australian born Total % Total
Personal 470 -- 615 -- 688 -- 662 --
Family 1,404 -- 1,725 -- 1,834 -- 1,734 --
Household 1,526 -- 1,562 -- 1,539 -- 1,438 --

In Australia of people who were born in Pakistan, the personal weekly median income was $470. Family median weekly income was $1,404 and Household median weekly income was $1,526.

Median personal weekly income for persons aged 15 years and over born in the selected country. Excludes those who did not state an income.

Family for the selected country of birth is determined by the reference person and/or their spouse/partner's response to country of birth. Median family income excludes families where at least one family member aged 15 years and over did not state an income.

Household for the selected country of birth is determined by the response of any household member (enumerated in the dwelling) to country of birth. Median household income excludes households where at least one member aged 15 years and over did not state an income.

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Travel to work
Employed people aged 15 years and over
Born in Pakistan % Born in Pakistan All overseas born % All overseas born Australian born % Australian born Total % Total
Car 18,401 60.7 1,986,872 61.4 5,009,484 68.5 7,090,101 66.4
Bus or train 5,304 17.5 453,292 14.0 454,116 6.2 915,328 8.6
Other 3,191 10.5 381,664 11.8 672,865 9.2 1,066,965 10.0

In Australia 60.7% of employed people who were born in Pakistan travelled to work on census day by car, while 17.5% travelled by bus or train.

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Unpaid work
People aged 15 years and over
Born in Pakistan % Born in Pakistan All overseas born % All overseas born Australian born % Australian born Total % Total
Did unpaid domestic work (last week) 32,891 61.9 3,964,948 68.4 9,000,198 76.0 13,143,914 69.0
Cared for child/children (last two weeks) 20,063 37.8 1,677,392 28.9 3,507,061 29.6 5,259,400 27.6
Provided unpaid assistance to a person with a disability (last two weeks) 5,741 10.8 613,990 10.6 1,489,817 12.6 2,145,203 11.3
Did voluntary work through an organisation or group (last 12 months) 6,836 12.9 941,091 16.2 2,634,097 22.3 3,620,726 19.0

In Australia 61.9% of people who were born in Pakistan did unpaid domestic work in the week before the census, and 37.8% cared for a child or children in the two weeks before the census.

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Unpaid domestic work, number of hours
People aged 15 years and over
Born in Pakistan % Born in Pakistan All overseas born % All overseas born Australian born % Australian born Total % Total
Less than 5 hours per week 10,503 19.8 1,234,900 21.3 3,013,177 25.5 4,298,593 22.6
5 to 14 hours per week 10,891 20.5 1,509,217 26.0 3,371,602 28.5 4,944,578 26.0
15 to 29 hours per week 4,675 8.8 678,501 11.7 1,479,061 12.5 2,189,776 11.5
30 hours or more per week 6,828 12.9 542,335 9.4 1,136,359 9.6 1,710,970 9.0

In Australia of people who were born in Pakistan and who did unpaid domestic work in the week before the census, 20.5% worked 5 to 14 hours, 8.8% worked 15 to 29 hours and 12.9% worked 30 hours or more.

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Families

family composition | employment status of couple families

Family composition

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Family composition Born in Pakistan % Born in Pakistan All overseas born % All overseas born Australian born % Australian born Total % Total
Couple family without children 4,133 20.6 1,012,440 39.3 1,240,422 36.6 2,291,987 37.8
Couple family with children 14,409 71.8 1,248,241 48.4 1,434,939 42.3 2,716,224 44.7
One parent family 1,010 5.0 282,463 11.0 648,590 19.1 959,543 15.8
Other family 527 2.6 34,059 1.3 65,896 1.9 102,559 1.7
Families with a child under 5 8,552 42.6 446,733 17.3 591,182 17.4 1,037,904 17.1
Families with a child aged 0-15 years 13,302 66.2 977,697 37.9 1,379,763 40.7 2,357,465 38.8

These statistics are for families in Australia. They are for families where the reference person and/or their spouse or partner was born in Pakistan. Of these families, 71.8% were couple families with children, 20.6% were couple families without children and 5.0% were one parent families.

Note: Totals for families with a child under 5 and for families with a child aged 0-15 years does not include those families where the reference person and/or their spouse/partner did not state their country of birth.

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Employment status of couple families

Employment status of parents in couple families
Labour force, people aged 15 years and over
Born in Pakistan % Born in Pakistan All overseas born % All overseas born Australian born % Australian born Total % Total
Both employed, worked full-time 2,044 11.0 475,278 21.0 600,260 22.4 1,084,006 21.6
Both employed, worked part-time 522 2.8 97,948 4.3 103,266 3.9 203,596 4.1
One employed full-time, one part-time 2,311 12.5 424,478 18.8 652,771 24.4 1,086,460 21.7
One employed full-time, other not working 7,440 40.1 390,307 17.3 352,203 13.2 749,886 15.0
One employed part-time, other not working 2,145 11.6 156,274 6.9 141,852 5.3 302,037 6.0
Both not working 2,421 13.1 492,423 21.8 488,403 18.3 1,006,697 20.1
Other (includes away from work) 886 4.8 107,664 4.8 152,346 5.7 264,145 5.3
Labour force status not stated (by one or both parents in a couple family) 777 4.2 116,299 5.1 184,264 6.9 311,381 6.2

These statistics are for families in Australia. They are for families where the reference person and/or their spouse or partner was born in Pakistan. Of these families, 11.0% of families had both parents working full-time, 12.5% of families had one parent working full-time and one parent working part-time, and 13.1% of families stated that both parents were not working.

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Dwellings

dwelling structure | mortgage & rent | household composition

Dwelling structure

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Dwelling tables exclude visitor only and other non-classifiable households

Dwelling structure
Occupied private dwellings
Born in Pakistan % Born in Pakistan All overseas born % All overseas born Australian born % Australian born Total % Total
Separate house 14,213 53.9 2,212,954 67.1 5,074,866 76.9 6,041,788 72.9
Semi-detached, row or terrace house, townhouse etc 5,213 19.8 466,800 14.1 779,497 11.8 1,055,016 12.7
Flat or apartment 6,676 25.3 585,471 17.7 668,862 10.1 1,087,434 13.1
Other dwelling 126 0.5 20,721 0.6 48,617 0.7 64,425 0.8

These statistics are for occupied private dwellings in Australia. For the dwellings that were occupied on census night by a person or persons who were born in Pakistan, 53.9% were a separate house, 25.3% were a flat or apartment, and 19.8% were a semi-detached, row or terrace house, townhouse etc.

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Number of bedrooms
Occupied private dwellings
Born in Pakistan % Born in Pakistan All overseas born % All overseas born Australian born % Australian born Total % Total
None (includes bedsitters) 114 0.4 17,187 0.5 23,956 0.4 39,769 0.5
1 bedroom 1,361 5.2 176,922 5.4 254,884 3.9 411,252 5.0
2 bedrooms 7,098 26.9 658,470 20.0 1,119,772 17.0 1,562,759 18.9
3 bedrooms 9,184 34.8 1,264,755 38.3 2,787,246 42.2 3,403,190 41.1
4 or more bedrooms 7,731 29.3 1,110,865 33.7 2,287,725 34.7 2,670,758 32.2
Number of bedrooms not stated 901 3.4 71,635 2.2 126,102 1.9 198,351 2.4

These statistics are for occupied private dwellings in Australia. For the dwellings that were occupied on census night by a person or persons who were born in Pakistan, 26.9% had two bedrooms, 34.8% had three bedrooms and 29.3% had four or more bedrooms.

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Mortgage & rent

Mortgage and rent
Occupied private dwellings
Born in Pakistan % Born in Pakistan All overseas born % All overseas born Australian born % Australian born Total % Total
Owned outright 2,017 7.6 970,425 29.4 2,013,505 30.5 2,565,695 31.0
Owned with a mortgage 6,849 26.0 1,122,252 34.0 2,474,999 37.5 2,855,222 34.5
Rented 16,519 62.6 1,099,840 33.3 1,907,007 28.9 2,561,302 30.9
Other tenure type 91 0.3 25,380 0.8 59,681 0.9 78,994 1.0
Tenure type not stated 909 3.4 81,928 2.5 144,494 2.2 224,869 2.7
Median monthly mortgage repayment 1,950 -- 1,950 -- 1,742 -- 1,755 --
Median weekly rent paid 358 -- 370 -- 330 -- 335 --

These statistics are for occupied private dwellings in Australia. For the dwellings that were occupied on census night by a person or persons who were born in Pakistan, 7.6% were owned outright, 26.0% were owned with a mortgage and 62.6% were rented. The median monthly mortgage repayment was $1,950 and the median weekly rent paid was $358.

Median monthly mortgage repayment relates only to occupied private dwellings that are owned with a mortgage (including those being purchased under a rent/buy scheme). It excludes 'visitor only' and 'other non-classifiable' households and dwellings that did not state a monthly repayment value.

Median weekly rent paid relates to occupied private dwellings being rented (including rent-free accommodation). It excludes 'visitor only' and 'other non-classifiable' households and dwellings that did not state a weekly payment value.

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Household composition

Household composition Born in Pakistan % Born in Pakistan All overseas born % All overseas born Australian born % Australian born Total % Total
One family households 19,827 75.1 2,465,248 74.7 4,809,352 72.9 5,751,635 69.4
Multiple family households 1,481 5.6 101,470 3.1 137,593 2.1 155,992 1.9
Single (or lone) person households 1,594 6.0 559,665 17.0 1,403,935 21.3 2,023,542 24.4
Group households 3,486 13.2 173,452 5.3 248,803 3.8 354,917 4.3

All occupants of a private dwelling complete one census form and are counted as a household. 'Born in Pakistan' includes households in Australia where at least one person was born in Pakistan. Of those households, 75.1% were one family households and 6.0% were lone person households.

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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.