Greater Darwin

2016 Census Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people QuickStats
Area code 7GDAR
Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people 11,966
Male 51.7%
Female 48.3%
Median age 24
Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander households 4,361
Average people per household 3.2
Median weekly household income $1,864
Median monthly mortgage repayments $2,297
Median weekly rent $350

(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 Greater Darwin % Greater Darwin Northern Territory % Northern Territory Australia % Australia
Aboriginal 10,528 88.0 55,808 95.8 590,062 90.9
Torres Strait Islander 513 4.3 739 1.3 32,344 5.0
Both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander 925 7.7 1,699 2.9 26,767 4.1

For the 2016 Census in Greater Darwin, there were 11,966 Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people. Of these, 51.7% were male and 48.3% were female.

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Age Greater Darwin % Greater Darwin Northern Territory % Northern Territory Australia % Australia
Median age 24 -- 25 -- 23 --
0-4 years 1,188 9.9 5,596 9.6 73,265 11.3
5-14 years 2,599 21.7 11,889 20.4 147,134 22.7
15-24 years 2,201 18.4 11,103 19.1 123,719 19.1
25-34 years 1,836 15.4 9,634 16.5 88,861 13.7
35-44 years 1,545 12.9 7,708 13.2 72,394 11.2
45-54 years 1,289 10.8 6,396 11.0 67,415 10.4
55-64 years 822 6.9 3,715 6.4 45,433 7.0
65 years and over 473 4.0 2,211 3.8 30,952 4.8

In Greater Darwin, the median age of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people was 24 years. Of the Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people 31.6% were children aged 0 to 14 years and 4.0% were people aged 65 years and over.

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Registered marital status
People aged 15 years and over
Greater Darwin % Greater Darwin Northern Territory % Northern Territory Australia % Australia
Married 2,037 24.9 15,934 39.1 105,086 24.5
Separated 329 4.0 1,475 3.6 19,112 4.5
Divorced 491 6.0 1,318 3.2 28,796 6.7
Widowed 245 3.0 2,041 5.0 13,794 3.2
Never married 5,074 62.1 19,989 49.0 261,980 61.1

In Greater Darwin, 24.9% of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people were married and 10.0% were either divorced or separated.

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Social marital status
People aged 15 years and over
Greater Darwin % Greater Darwin Northern Territory % Northern Territory Australia % Australia
Registered marriage 1,300 20.5 10,596 31.5 86,716 23.1
De facto marriage 1,188 18.7 4,254 12.7 60,051 16.0
Not married 3,856 60.8 18,769 55.8 228,281 60.9

In Greater Darwin, 20.5% of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people were in a registered marriage and 18.7% were in a de facto marriage.

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Education attendance Greater Darwin % Greater Darwin Northern Territory % Northern Territory Australia % Australia
Pre-school 259 5.0 1,339 6.0 16,698 6.4
Primary 1,683 32.3 7,755 34.5 97,859 37.5
Secondary 1,277 24.5 4,746 21.1 65,208 25.0
Technical or further education institution 144 2.8 470 2.1 14,227 5.5
University or tertiary institution 300 5.8 501 2.2 15,489 5.9
Other 95 1.8 285 1.3 5,047 1.9
Not stated 1,451 27.9 7,379 32.8 46,428 17.8

Of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people in Greater Darwin, 43.6% were attending an educational institution. Of these, 32.3% were attending a primary school, 24.5% were attending a secondary school and 8.5% were attending a tertiary or technical institution.

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Level of highest educational attainment
People aged 15 years and over
Greater Darwin % Greater Darwin Northern Territory % Northern Territory Australia % Australia
Bachelor Degree level and above 475 5.8 959 2.4 24,911 5.8
Advanced Diploma and Diploma level 448 5.5 958 2.3 23,795 5.5
Certificate level IV 348 4.3 736 1.8 14,308 3.3
Certificate level III 987 12.1 2,485 6.1 56,625 13.2
Year 12 1,060 13.0 4,164 10.2 59,949 14.0
Year 11 787 9.6 3,808 9.3 34,674 8.1
Year 10 1,201 14.7 6,545 16.1 77,265 18.0
Certificate level II 17 0.2 144 0.4 1,215 0.3
Certificate level I 4 0.0 92 0.2 241 0.1
Year 9 or below 943 11.5 9,036 22.2 64,604 15.1
No educational attainment 68 0.8 1,282 3.1 4,256 1.0
Not stated 1,636 20.0 9,692 23.8 56,698 13.2

Of people aged 15 and over in Greater Darwin, 13.0% reported having completed Year 12 as their highest level of educational attainment, 16.4% had completed a Certificate III or IV and 5.5% had completed an Advanced Diploma or Diploma.

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Cultural & language diversity

Australian Indigenous language, top responses Greater Darwin % Greater Darwin Northern Territory % Northern Territory Australia % Australia
Kriol 130 1.1 4,365 7.5 7,108 1.1
Tiwi 124 1.0 1,993 3.4 2,020 0.3
Djambarrpuyngu 69 0.6 4,260 7.3 4,264 0.7
Warlpiri 45 0.4 2,157 3.7 2,276 0.4
Burarra 35 0.3 990 1.7 997 0.2
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English only spoken at home 9,431 78.9 17,680 30.4 544,491 83.9

English was the only language spoken at home by 78.9% of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people in Greater Darwin. Indigenous languages spoken at home include Kriol 1.1%, Tiwi 1.0%, Djambarrpuyngu 0.6%, Warlpiri 0.4% and Burarra 0.3%.

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Ancestry, top responses Greater Darwin % Greater Darwin Northern Territory % Northern Territory Australia % Australia
Australian 7,532 46.1 14,038 21.4 399,843 45.0
English 2,205 13.5 3,760 5.7 152,758 17.2
Australian Aboriginal 2,070 12.7 37,479 57.1 140,480 15.8
Irish 794 4.9 1,284 2.0 45,887 5.2
Scottish 549 3.4 871 1.3 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 Greater Darwin (including those who did not state an ancestry).

For Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people in Greater Darwin, the most common ancestries were Australian 46.1%, English 13.5%, Australian Aboriginal 12.7%, Irish 4.9% and Scottish 3.4%.

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Employment

Employment
People who reported being in the labour force, aged 15 years and over
Greater Darwin % Greater Darwin Northern Territory % Northern Territory Australia % Australia
Worked full-time 2,716 63.6 6,870 45.2 106,960 48.0
Worked part-time 728 17.1 3,130 20.6 61,049 27.4
Away from work 313 7.3 1,142 7.5 14,143 6.4
Unemployed 511 12.0 4,064 26.7 40,486 18.2
Not in the labour force 3,598 43.9 21,861 53.6 190,132 44.3

There were 4,268 people who reported being in the labour force in the week before Census night in Greater Darwin. Of these 63.6% were employed full time, 17.1% were employed part-time and 12.0% 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
Greater Darwin % Greater Darwin Northern Territory % Northern Territory Australia % Australia
Clerical and Administrative Workers 783 20.9 1,546 13.9 23,174 12.7
Community and Personal Service Workers 565 15.1 2,356 21.2 30,991 17.0
Professionals 536 14.3 1,953 17.5 24,339 13.4
Technicians and Trades Workers 503 13.4 1,056 9.5 24,399 13.4
Labourers 434 11.6 1,546 13.9 27,814 15.3
Machinery Operators and Drivers 295 7.9 679 6.1 16,774 9.2
Managers 263 7.0 647 5.8 12,844 7.1
Sales Workers 220 5.9 622 5.6 15,791 8.7

For Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people in Greater Darwin, the most common occupations were Clerical and Administrative Workers 20.9%, Community and Personal Service Workers 15.1%, Professionals 14.3%, Technicians and Trades Workers 13.4%, Labourers 11.6%, Machinery Operators and Drivers 7.9%, Managers 7.0% and Sales Workers 5.9%.

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Industry of employment, top responses
Employed people aged 15 years and over
Greater Darwin % Greater Darwin Northern Territory % Northern Territory Australia % Australia
State Government Administration 403 11.1 657 5.9 4,176 2.3
Central Government Administration 201 5.5 399 3.6 3,808 2.1
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 102 2.8 111 1.0 1,025 0.6
Defence 95 2.6 141 1.3 1,602 0.9
Primary Education 78 2.1 396 3.6 4,897 2.7

For Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people in Greater Darwin, the most common industries of employment were State Government Administration 11.1%, Central Government Administration 5.5%, Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 2.8%, Defence 2.6% and Primary Education 2.1%.

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Median weekly incomes
People aged 15 years and over
Greater Darwin % Greater Darwin Northern Territory % Northern Territory Australia % Australia
Personal 647 -- 281 -- 441 --
Household 1,864 -- 1,225 -- 1,203 --

The median weekly personal income for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people in Greater Darwin was $647 and the median weekly household income was $1,864.

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Unpaid work
People aged 15 years and over
Greater Darwin % Greater Darwin Northern Territory % Northern Territory Australia % Australia
Did unpaid domestic work (last week) 4,411 53.9 25,146 61.7 263,334 61.4
Cared for child/children (last two weeks) 2,193 26.8 17,078 41.9 136,079 31.7
Provided unpaid assistance to a person with a disability (last two weeks) 888 10.9 6,038 14.8 58,541 13.7
Did voluntary work through an organisation or group (last 12 months) 984 12.0 4,298 10.5 63,303 14.8

In Greater Darwin, of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people, 53.9% did unpaid domestic work in the week before the Census. During the two weeks before the Census, 26.8% provided care for children and 10.9% assisted family members or others due to a disability, long term illness or problems related to old age. In the year before the Census, 12.0% 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
Greater Darwin % Greater Darwin Northern Territory % Northern Territory Australia % Australia
Average number of people per household 3.2 -- 4 -- 3.2 --
Average number of persons per bedroom 1.1 -- 1.5 -- 1 --
Average number of registered motor vehicles per dwelling 1.8 -- 1.2 -- 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 Greater Darwin, for dwellings occupied by Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people, the average household size was 3.2 persons, with 1.1 persons per bedroom and 1.8 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
Greater Darwin % Greater Darwin Northern Territory % Northern Territory Australia % Australia
Median weekly rent 350 -- 97 -- 250 --
Median monthly mortgage repayments 2,297 -- 2,167 -- 1,660 --

In Greater Darwin, for dwellings occupied by Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people, the median weekly rent was $350 and the median monthly mortgage repayment was $2,297.

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Family household composition
Counts the types of families within family households at the dwelling level
Greater Darwin % Greater Darwin Northern Territory % Northern Territory Australia % Australia
One family household: Couple family with no children 712 16.4 1,718 13.5 42,536 16.2
One family household: Couple family with children 1,380 31.7 3,854 30.2 80,803 30.7
One family household: One parent family 1,079 24.8 2,399 18.8 67,528 25.7
One family household: Other family 106 2.4 371 2.9 5,547 2.1
Multiple family household: Couple family with no children 32 0.7 390 3.1 2,223 0.8
Multiple family household: Couple family with children 71 1.6 1,086 8.5 4,951 1.9
Multiple family household: One parent family 99 2.3 826 6.5 5,768 2.2
Multiple family household: Other family 5 0.1 153 1.2 471 0.2
Other household 869 20.0 1,962 15.4 53,195 20.2

In Greater Darwin, of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander households, 17.1% were a couple family with no children, 33.3% were a couple family with children and 27.1% 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
Greater Darwin % Greater Darwin Northern Territory % Northern Territory Australia % Australia
Separate house 3,123 71.9 10,018 79.2 211,205 80.7
Semi-detached, row or terrace house, townhouse etc 460 10.6 1,307 10.3 27,017 10.3
Flat or apartment 700 16.1 1,047 8.3 20,580 7.9
Other dwelling 59 1.4 280 2.2 2,897 1.1

In Greater Darwin there were 4,361 private dwellings occupied by Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people. Where a dwelling type was stated, 71.9% were separate houses, 10.6% were semi-detached, row or terrace houses, townhouses etc, 16.1% were flats or apartments and 1.4% were other dwellings.

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Tenure
Occupied private dwellings where at least one person was Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
Greater Darwin % Greater Darwin Northern Territory % Northern Territory Australia % Australia
Owned outright 396 9.1 727 5.7 32,045 12.2
Owned with a mortgage 1,414 32.5 2,025 15.9 68,085 25.9
Rented 2,322 53.3 9,194 72.1 150,832 57.3
Other tenure type 18 0.4 178 1.4 1,888 0.7
Tenure type not stated 207 4.8 630 4.9 10,182 3.9

In Greater Darwin, of dwellings occupied by Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people, 9.1% were owned outright, 32.5% were owned with a mortgage and 53.3% 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.