Gold Coast

2016 Census Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people QuickStats
Area code 309
Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people 9,497
Male 48.7%
Female 51.3%
Median age 23
Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander households 4,806
Average people per household 3.2
Median weekly household income $1,486
Median monthly mortgage repayments $2,000
Median weekly rent $390

(a) This label has been updated to more accurately reflect the Census concept shown in this data item. The data has not changed.

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People

demographics & education | cultural & language diversity | employment

Demographics & education

People tables are based on a person's place of usual residence on Census night

People Gold Coast % Gold Coast Queensland % Queensland Australia % Australia
Aboriginal 8,690 91.5 148,940 79.9 590,062 90.9
Torres Strait Islander 456 4.8 21,056 11.3 32,344 5.0
Both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander 351 3.7 16,487 8.8 26,767 4.1

For the 2016 Census in Gold Coast, there were 9,497 Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people. Of these, 48.7% were male and 51.3% were female.

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Age Gold Coast % Gold Coast Queensland % Queensland Australia % Australia
Median age 23 -- 22 -- 23 --
0-4 years 1,041 11.0 21,857 11.7 73,265 11.3
5-14 years 2,086 22.0 44,223 23.7 147,134 22.7
15-24 years 1,927 20.3 35,876 19.2 123,719 19.1
25-34 years 1,361 14.3 24,524 13.2 88,861 13.7
35-44 years 1,039 10.9 20,754 11.1 72,394 11.2
45-54 years 992 10.4 18,739 10.0 67,415 10.4
55-64 years 656 6.9 12,308 6.6 45,433 7.0
65 years and over 401 4.2 8,194 4.4 30,952 4.8

In Gold Coast, the median age of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people was 23 years. Of the Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people 32.9% were children aged 0 to 14 years and 4.2% were people aged 65 years and over.

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Registered marital status
People aged 15 years and over
Gold Coast % Gold Coast Queensland % Queensland Australia % Australia
Married 1,662 26.0 26,266 21.8 105,086 24.5
Separated 310 4.9 5,219 4.3 19,112 4.5
Divorced 581 9.1 7,870 6.5 28,796 6.7
Widowed 148 2.3 3,492 2.9 13,794 3.2
Never married 3,680 57.7 77,564 64.4 261,980 61.1

In Gold Coast, 26.0% of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people were married and 14.0% were either divorced or separated.

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Social marital status
People aged 15 years and over
Gold Coast % Gold Coast Queensland % Queensland Australia % Australia
Registered marriage 1,512 25.7 22,449 21.1 86,716 23.1
De facto marriage 927 15.8 18,992 17.9 60,051 16.0
Not married 3,439 58.5 64,807 61.0 228,281 60.9

In Gold Coast, 25.7% of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people were in a registered marriage and 15.8% were in a de facto marriage.

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Education attendance Gold Coast % Gold Coast Queensland % Queensland Australia % Australia
Pre-school 222 5.9 3,597 4.9 16,698 6.4
Primary 1,439 38.3 29,132 39.8 97,859 37.5
Secondary 989 26.4 19,602 26.8 65,208 25.0
Technical or further education institution 251 6.7 3,177 4.3 14,227 5.5
University or tertiary institution 468 12.5 4,645 6.3 15,489 5.9
Other 98 2.6 1,750 2.4 5,047 1.9
Not stated 286 7.6 11,357 15.5 46,428 17.8

Of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people in Gold Coast, 39.5% were attending an educational institution. Of these, 38.3% were attending a primary school, 26.4% were attending a secondary school and 19.2% were attending a tertiary or technical institution.

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Level of highest educational attainment
People aged 15 years and over
Gold Coast % Gold Coast Queensland % Queensland Australia % Australia
Bachelor Degree level and above 550 8.6 6,490 5.4 24,911 5.8
Advanced Diploma and Diploma level 642 10.1 7,156 5.9 23,795 5.5
Certificate level IV 227 3.6 3,808 3.2 14,308 3.3
Certificate level III 1,166 18.3 17,714 14.7 56,625 13.2
Year 12 1,149 18.0 21,285 17.7 59,949 14.0
Year 11 409 6.4 9,701 8.1 34,674 8.1
Year 10 1,036 16.2 21,474 17.8 77,265 18.0
Certificate level II 9 0.1 280 0.2 1,215 0.3
Certificate level I 0 0.0 58 0.0 241 0.1
Year 9 or below 583 9.1 15,282 12.7 64,604 15.1
No educational attainment 42 0.7 920 0.8 4,256 1.0
Not stated 367 5.8 13,484 11.2 56,698 13.2

Of people aged 15 and over in Gold Coast, 18.0% reported having completed Year 12 as their highest level of educational attainment, 21.9% had completed a Certificate III or IV and 10.1% had completed an Advanced Diploma or Diploma.

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Cultural & language diversity

Australian Indigenous language, top responses Gold Coast % Gold Coast Queensland % Queensland Australia % Australia
Aboriginal English, so described 16 0.2 183 0.1 625 0.1
Wiradjuri 7 0.1 37 0.0 432 0.1
Bandjalang 4 0.0 19 0.0 106 0.0
Larrakiya 3 0.0 3 0.0 14 0.0
Yumplatok (Torres Strait Creole) 3 0.0 5,742 3.1 6,000 0.9
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English only spoken at home 9,108 95.9 161,165 86.4 544,491 83.9

English was the only language spoken at home by 95.9% of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people in Gold Coast. Indigenous languages spoken at home include Aboriginal English, so described 0.2%, Wiradjuri 0.1%, Bandjalang 0.0%, Larrakiya 0.0% and Yumplatok (Torres Strait Creole) 0.0%.

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Ancestry, top responses Gold Coast % Gold Coast Queensland % Queensland Australia % Australia
Australian 6,714 47.3 114,137 43.5 399,843 45.0
English 2,893 20.4 41,381 15.8 152,758 17.2
Australian Aboriginal 1,106 7.8 36,062 13.8 140,480 15.8
Irish 997 7.0 13,013 5.0 45,887 5.2
Scottish 656 4.6 8,935 3.4 30,843 3.5

Respondents had the option of reporting up to two ancestries on their Census form, and this is captured by the Ancestry Multi Response (ANCP) variable used in this table. Therefore, the total responses count will not equal the persons count for this area. Calculated percentages represent a proportion of all responses from people in Gold Coast (including those who did not state an ancestry).

For Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people in Gold Coast, the most common ancestries were Australian 47.3%, English 20.4%, Australian Aboriginal 7.8%, Irish 7.0% and Scottish 4.6%.

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Employment

Employment
People who reported being in the labour force, aged 15 years and over
Gold Coast % Gold Coast Queensland % Queensland Australia % Australia
Worked full-time 2,115 50.2 30,836 46.8 106,960 48.0
Worked part-time 1,392 33.0 17,867 27.1 61,049 27.4
Away from work 209 5.0 3,935 6.0 14,143 6.4
Unemployed 500 11.9 13,259 20.1 40,486 18.2
Not in the labour force 2,051 32.2 51,070 42.4 190,132 44.3

There were 4,216 people who reported being in the labour force in the week before Census night in Gold Coast. Of these 50.2% were employed full time, 33.0% were employed part-time and 11.9% 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.

For information on the Community Development Programme (CDP) please refer to the Census Data Dictionary. CDP data is available in TableBuilder.

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Occupation, top responses
Employed people aged 15 years and over
Gold Coast % Gold Coast Queensland % Queensland Australia % Australia
Community and Personal Service Workers 587 15.8 8,935 17.0 30,991 17.0
Technicians and Trades Workers 576 15.5 7,056 13.4 24,399 13.4
Sales Workers 505 13.6 4,797 9.1 15,791 8.7
Labourers 504 13.5 8,925 17.0 27,814 15.3
Clerical and Administrative Workers 467 12.6 6,728 12.8 23,174 12.7
Professionals 462 12.4 6,202 11.8 24,339 13.4
Managers 293 7.9 3,333 6.3 12,844 7.1
Machinery Operators and Drivers 231 6.2 5,130 9.7 16,774 9.2

For Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people in Gold Coast, the most common occupations were Community and Personal Service Workers 15.8%, Technicians and Trades Workers 15.5%, Sales Workers 13.6%, Labourers 13.5%, Clerical and Administrative Workers 12.6%, Professionals 12.4%, Managers 7.9% and Machinery Operators and Drivers 6.2%.

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Industry of employment, top responses
Employed people aged 15 years and over
Gold Coast % Gold Coast Queensland % Queensland Australia % Australia
Supermarket and Grocery Stores 150 4.1 1,674 3.2 5,555 3.1
Takeaway Food Services 126 3.5 1,338 2.5 4,469 2.5
Hospitals (except Psychiatric Hospitals) 109 3.0 1,812 3.4 5,542 3.0
Accommodation 79 2.2 801 1.5 2,427 1.3
Other Social Assistance Services 78 2.2 1,349 2.6 5,302 2.9

For Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people in Gold Coast, the most common industries of employment were Supermarket and Grocery Stores 4.1%, Takeaway Food Services 3.5%, Hospitals (except Psychiatric Hospitals) 3.0%, Accommodation 2.2% and Other Social Assistance Services 2.2%.

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Median weekly incomes
People aged 15 years and over
Gold Coast % Gold Coast Queensland % Queensland Australia % Australia
Personal 551 -- 453 -- 441 --
Household 1,486 -- 1,222 -- 1,203 --

The median weekly personal income for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people in Gold Coast was $551 and the median weekly household income was $1,486.

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Unpaid work
People aged 15 years and over
Gold Coast % Gold Coast Queensland % Queensland Australia % Australia
Did unpaid domestic work (last week) 4,402 69.1 75,703 62.9 263,334 61.4
Cared for child/children (last two weeks) 2,037 31.9 38,265 31.8 136,079 31.7
Provided unpaid assistance to a person with a disability (last two weeks) 826 13.0 15,171 12.6 58,541 13.7
Did voluntary work through an organisation or group (last 12 months) 1,061 16.6 18,300 15.2 63,303 14.8

In Gold Coast, of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people, 69.1% did unpaid domestic work in the week before the Census. During the two weeks before the Census, 31.9% provided care for children and 13.0% assisted family members or others due to a disability, long term illness or problems related to old age. In the year before the Census, 16.6% of people did voluntary work through an organisation or a group.

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Dwellings

dwelling characteristics | dwelling structure

Dwelling characteristics

Dwelling tables exclude visitor only and other non-classifiable households

Dwelling characteristics
Occupied private dwellings where at least one person was Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
Gold Coast % Gold Coast Queensland % Queensland Australia % Australia
Average number of people per household 3.2 -- 3.3 -- 3.2 --
Average number of persons per bedroom 1 -- 1 -- 1 --
Average number of registered motor vehicles per dwelling 2 -- 1.7 -- 1.7 --

There has been change in methodology used to calculate the average number of persons per bedroom. To compare the time series for average number of persons per bedroom please refer to Understanding the Census and Census Data

In Gold Coast, for dwellings occupied by Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people, the average household size was 3.2 persons, with 1 persons per bedroom and 2 registered motor vehicles per dwelling.

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Housing costs
Occupied private dwellings where at least one person was Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
Gold Coast % Gold Coast Queensland % Queensland Australia % Australia
Median weekly rent 390 -- 270 -- 250 --
Median monthly mortgage repayments 2,000 -- 1,733 -- 1,660 --

In Gold Coast, for dwellings occupied by Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people, the median weekly rent was $390 and the median monthly mortgage repayment was $2,000.

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Family household composition
Counts the types of families within family households at the dwelling level
Gold Coast % Gold Coast Queensland % Queensland Australia % Australia
One family household: Couple family with no children 880 18.3 11,886 15.9 42,536 16.2
One family household: Couple family with children 1,617 33.7 23,609 31.6 80,803 30.7
One family household: One parent family 1,037 21.6 19,239 25.8 67,528 25.7
One family household: Other family 71 1.5 1,624 2.2 5,547 2.1
Multiple family household: Couple family with no children 39 0.8 576 0.8 2,223 0.8
Multiple family household: Couple family with children 89 1.9 1,381 1.8 4,951 1.9
Multiple family household: One parent family 94 2.0 1,702 2.3 5,768 2.2
Multiple family household: Other family 3 0.1 117 0.2 471 0.2
Other household 972 20.2 14,572 19.5 53,195 20.2

In Gold Coast, of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander households, 19.1% were a couple family with no children, 35.5% were a couple family with children and 23.6% were a one parent family.

In multiple family households, only the family composition of the primary family is recorded. Other household includes lone person households and group households.

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Dwelling structure

Dwelling structure
Occupied private dwellings where at least one person was Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
Gold Coast % Gold Coast Queensland % Queensland Australia % Australia
Separate house 3,009 62.8 60,179 80.9 211,205 80.7
Semi-detached, row or terrace house, townhouse etc 1,014 21.2 6,987 9.4 27,017 10.3
Flat or apartment 715 14.9 6,288 8.5 20,580 7.9
Other dwelling 50 1.0 909 1.2 2,897 1.1

In Gold Coast there were 4,806 private dwellings occupied by Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people. Where a dwelling type was stated, 62.8% were separate houses, 21.2% were semi-detached, row or terrace houses, townhouses etc, 14.9% were flats or apartments and 1.0% were other dwellings.

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Tenure
Occupied private dwellings where at least one person was Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
Gold Coast % Gold Coast Queensland % Queensland Australia % Australia
Owned outright 536 11.2 7,727 10.3 32,045 12.2
Owned with a mortgage 1,381 28.8 17,634 23.6 68,085 25.9
Rented 2,711 56.5 46,197 61.8 150,832 57.3
Other tenure type 19 0.4 409 0.5 1,888 0.7
Tenure type not stated 151 3.1 2,743 3.7 10,182 3.9

In Gold Coast, of dwellings occupied by Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people, 11.2% were owned outright, 28.8% were owned with a mortgage and 56.5% were rented.

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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.