Sunshine Coast

2016 Census Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people QuickStats
Area code 316
Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people 6,499
Male 50.3%
Female 49.7%
Median age 22
Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander households 3,258
Average people per household 3.2
Median weekly household income $1,357
Median monthly mortgage repayments $1,863
Median weekly rent $365

(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 Sunshine Coast % Sunshine Coast Queensland % Queensland Australia % Australia
Aboriginal 5,897 90.7 148,940 79.9 590,062 90.9
Torres Strait Islander 344 5.3 21,056 11.3 32,344 5.0
Both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander 258 4.0 16,487 8.8 26,767 4.1

For the 2016 Census in Sunshine Coast, there were 6,499 Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people. Of these, 50.3% were male and 49.7% were female.

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Age Sunshine Coast % Sunshine Coast Queensland % Queensland Australia % Australia
Median age 22 -- 22 -- 23 --
0-4 years 666 10.3 21,857 11.7 73,265 11.3
5-14 years 1,612 24.8 44,223 23.7 147,134 22.7
15-24 years 1,246 19.2 35,876 19.2 123,719 19.1
25-34 years 778 12.0 24,524 13.2 88,861 13.7
35-44 years 710 10.9 20,754 11.1 72,394 11.2
45-54 years 708 10.9 18,739 10.0 67,415 10.4
55-64 years 448 6.9 12,308 6.6 45,433 7.0
65 years and over 327 5.0 8,194 4.4 30,952 4.8

In Sunshine Coast, the median age of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people was 22 years. Of the Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people 35.0% were children aged 0 to 14 years and 5.0% were people aged 65 years and over.

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Registered marital status
People aged 15 years and over
Sunshine Coast % Sunshine Coast Queensland % Queensland Australia % Australia
Married 1,227 29.1 26,266 21.8 105,086 24.5
Separated 182 4.3 5,219 4.3 19,112 4.5
Divorced 375 8.9 7,870 6.5 28,796 6.7
Widowed 101 2.4 3,492 2.9 13,794 3.2
Never married 2,325 55.2 77,564 64.4 261,980 61.1

In Sunshine Coast, 29.1% of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people were married and 13.2% were either divorced or separated.

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Social marital status
People aged 15 years and over
Sunshine Coast % Sunshine Coast Queensland % Queensland Australia % Australia
Registered marriage 1,124 28.8 22,449 21.1 86,716 23.1
De facto marriage 558 14.3 18,992 17.9 60,051 16.0
Not married 2,218 56.9 64,807 61.0 228,281 60.9

In Sunshine Coast, 28.8% of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people were in a registered marriage and 14.3% were in a de facto marriage.

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Education attendance Sunshine Coast % Sunshine Coast Queensland % Queensland Australia % Australia
Pre-school 130 4.9 3,597 4.9 16,698 6.4
Primary 1,087 41.1 29,132 39.8 97,859 37.5
Secondary 728 27.5 19,602 26.8 65,208 25.0
Technical or further education institution 130 4.9 3,177 4.3 14,227 5.5
University or tertiary institution 303 11.5 4,645 6.3 15,489 5.9
Other 70 2.6 1,750 2.4 5,047 1.9
Not stated 198 7.5 11,357 15.5 46,428 17.8

Of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people in Sunshine Coast, 40.8% were attending an educational institution. Of these, 41.1% were attending a primary school, 27.5% were attending a secondary school and 16.4% were attending a tertiary or technical institution.

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Level of highest educational attainment
People aged 15 years and over
Sunshine Coast % Sunshine Coast Queensland % Queensland Australia % Australia
Bachelor Degree level and above 379 9.0 6,490 5.4 24,911 5.8
Advanced Diploma and Diploma level 344 8.2 7,156 5.9 23,795 5.5
Certificate level IV 198 4.7 3,808 3.2 14,308 3.3
Certificate level III 815 19.3 17,714 14.7 56,625 13.2
Year 12 738 17.5 21,285 17.7 59,949 14.0
Year 11 265 6.3 9,701 8.1 34,674 8.1
Year 10 664 15.7 21,474 17.8 77,265 18.0
Certificate level II 7 0.2 280 0.2 1,215 0.3
Certificate level I 3 0.1 58 0.0 241 0.1
Year 9 or below 400 9.5 15,282 12.7 64,604 15.1
No educational attainment 29 0.7 920 0.8 4,256 1.0
Not stated 245 5.8 13,484 11.2 56,698 13.2

Of people aged 15 and over in Sunshine Coast, 17.5% reported having completed Year 12 as their highest level of educational attainment, 24.0% had completed a Certificate III or IV and 8.2% had completed an Advanced Diploma or Diploma.

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Cultural & language diversity

Australian Indigenous language, top responses Sunshine Coast % Sunshine Coast Queensland % Queensland Australia % Australia
Aboriginal English, so described 14 0.2 183 0.1 625 0.1
Yumplatok (Torres Strait Creole) 5 0.1 5,742 3.1 6,000 0.9
Gudanji 3 0.0 25 0.0 91 0.0
Wiradjuri 3 0.0 37 0.0 432 0.1
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English only spoken at home 6,284 96.6 161,165 86.4 544,491 83.9

English was the only language spoken at home by 96.6% of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people in Sunshine Coast. The only other responses for language at home were Aboriginal English, so described 0.2%, Yumplatok (Torres Strait Creole) 0.1%, Gudanji 0.0% and Wiradjuri 0.0%.

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Ancestry, top responses Sunshine Coast % Sunshine Coast Queensland % Queensland Australia % Australia
Australian 4,715 49.0 114,137 43.5 399,843 45.0
English 1,809 18.8 41,381 15.8 152,758 17.2
Australian Aboriginal 777 8.1 36,062 13.8 140,480 15.8
Irish 639 6.6 13,013 5.0 45,887 5.2
Scottish 510 5.3 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 Sunshine Coast (including those who did not state an ancestry).

For Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people in Sunshine Coast, the most common ancestries were Australian 49.0%, English 18.8%, Australian Aboriginal 8.1%, Irish 6.6% and Scottish 5.3%.

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Employment

Employment
People who reported being in the labour force, aged 15 years and over
Sunshine Coast % Sunshine Coast Queensland % Queensland Australia % Australia
Worked full-time 1,251 46.0 30,836 46.8 106,960 48.0
Worked part-time 912 33.5 17,867 27.1 61,049 27.4
Away from work 151 5.5 3,935 6.0 14,143 6.4
Unemployed 407 15.0 13,259 20.1 40,486 18.2
Not in the labour force 1,435 34.0 51,070 42.4 190,132 44.3

There were 2,721 people who reported being in the labour force in the week before Census night in Sunshine Coast. Of these 46.0% were employed full time, 33.5% were employed part-time and 15.0% 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
Sunshine Coast % Sunshine Coast Queensland % Queensland Australia % Australia
Technicians and Trades Workers 419 18.1 7,056 13.4 24,399 13.4
Labourers 381 16.5 8,925 17.0 27,814 15.3
Community and Personal Service Workers 338 14.6 8,935 17.0 30,991 17.0
Professionals 280 12.1 6,202 11.8 24,339 13.4
Clerical and Administrative Workers 280 12.1 6,728 12.8 23,174 12.7
Sales Workers 243 10.5 4,797 9.1 15,791 8.7
Managers 158 6.8 3,333 6.3 12,844 7.1
Machinery Operators and Drivers 153 6.6 5,130 9.7 16,774 9.2

For Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people in Sunshine Coast, the most common occupations were Technicians and Trades Workers 18.1%, Labourers 16.5%, Community and Personal Service Workers 14.6%, Professionals 12.1%, Clerical and Administrative Workers 12.1%, Sales Workers 10.5%, Managers 6.8% and Machinery Operators and Drivers 6.6%.

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Industry of employment, top responses
Employed people aged 15 years and over
Sunshine Coast % Sunshine Coast Queensland % Queensland Australia % Australia
Cafes and Restaurants 75 3.4 861 1.6 2,888 1.6
Hospitals (except Psychiatric Hospitals) 70 3.1 1,812 3.4 5,542 3.0
Supermarket and Grocery Stores 68 3.0 1,674 3.2 5,555 3.1
Takeaway Food Services 68 3.0 1,338 2.5 4,469 2.5
Aged Care Residential Services 56 2.5 1,020 1.9 3,760 2.1

For Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people in Sunshine Coast, the most common industries of employment were Cafes and Restaurants 3.4%, Hospitals (except Psychiatric Hospitals) 3.1%, Supermarket and Grocery Stores 3.0%, Takeaway Food Services 3.0% and Aged Care Residential Services 2.5%.

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Median weekly incomes
People aged 15 years and over
Sunshine Coast % Sunshine Coast Queensland % Queensland Australia % Australia
Personal 503 -- 453 -- 441 --
Household 1,357 -- 1,222 -- 1,203 --

The median weekly personal income for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people in Sunshine Coast was $503 and the median weekly household income was $1,357.

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Unpaid work
People aged 15 years and over
Sunshine Coast % Sunshine Coast Queensland % Queensland Australia % Australia
Did unpaid domestic work (last week) 2,982 70.7 75,703 62.9 263,334 61.4
Cared for child/children (last two weeks) 1,412 33.4 38,265 31.8 136,079 31.7
Provided unpaid assistance to a person with a disability (last two weeks) 640 15.2 15,171 12.6 58,541 13.7
Did voluntary work through an organisation or group (last 12 months) 868 20.6 18,300 15.2 63,303 14.8

In Sunshine Coast, of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people, 70.7% did unpaid domestic work in the week before the Census. During the two weeks before the Census, 33.4% provided care for children and 15.2% assisted family members or others due to a disability, long term illness or problems related to old age. In the year before the Census, 20.6% 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
Sunshine Coast % Sunshine 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 Sunshine 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
Sunshine Coast % Sunshine Coast Queensland % Queensland Australia % Australia
Median weekly rent 365 -- 270 -- 250 --
Median monthly mortgage repayments 1,863 -- 1,733 -- 1,660 --

In Sunshine Coast, for dwellings occupied by Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people, the median weekly rent was $365 and the median monthly mortgage repayment was $1,863.

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Family household composition
Counts the types of families within family households at the dwelling level
Sunshine Coast % Sunshine Coast Queensland % Queensland Australia % Australia
One family household: Couple family with no children 628 19.3 11,886 15.9 42,536 16.2
One family household: Couple family with children 1,125 34.6 23,609 31.6 80,803 30.7
One family household: One parent family 729 22.4 19,239 25.8 67,528 25.7
One family household: Other family 57 1.8 1,624 2.2 5,547 2.1
Multiple family household: Couple family with no children 28 0.9 576 0.8 2,223 0.8
Multiple family household: Couple family with children 52 1.6 1,381 1.8 4,951 1.9
Multiple family household: One parent family 72 2.2 1,702 2.3 5,768 2.2
Multiple family household: Other family 4 0.1 117 0.2 471 0.2
Other household 557 17.1 14,572 19.5 53,195 20.2

In Sunshine Coast, of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander households, 20.2% were a couple family with no children, 36.2% were a couple family with children and 24.6% 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
Sunshine Coast % Sunshine Coast Queensland % Queensland Australia % Australia
Separate house 2,490 76.8 60,179 80.9 211,205 80.7
Semi-detached, row or terrace house, townhouse etc 314 9.7 6,987 9.4 27,017 10.3
Flat or apartment 382 11.8 6,288 8.5 20,580 7.9
Other dwelling 55 1.7 909 1.2 2,897 1.1

In Sunshine Coast there were 3,258 private dwellings occupied by Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people. Where a dwelling type was stated, 76.8% were separate houses, 9.7% were semi-detached, row or terrace houses, townhouses etc, 11.8% were flats or apartments and 1.7% were other dwellings.

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Tenure
Occupied private dwellings where at least one person was Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
Sunshine Coast % Sunshine Coast Queensland % Queensland Australia % Australia
Owned outright 420 12.9 7,727 10.3 32,045 12.2
Owned with a mortgage 1,011 31.1 17,634 23.6 68,085 25.9
Rented 1,709 52.5 46,197 61.8 150,832 57.3
Other tenure type 23 0.7 409 0.5 1,888 0.7
Tenure type not stated 92 2.8 2,743 3.7 10,182 3.9

In Sunshine Coast, of dwellings occupied by Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people, 12.9% were owned outright, 31.1% were owned with a mortgage and 52.5% 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.