Australian Capital Territory

2016 Census Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people QuickStats
Area code 8ACTE
Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people 6,475
Male 50.2%
Female 49.8%
Median age 23
Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander households 3,254
Average people per household 2.9
Median weekly household income $1,886
Median monthly mortgage repayments $2,167
Median weekly rent $360

(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 Australian Capital Territory % Australian Capital Territory Australian Capital Territory % Australian Capital Territory Australia % Australia
Aboriginal 6,111 94.4 6,138 94.3 590,062 90.9
Torres Strait Islander 180 2.8 180 2.8 32,344 5.0
Both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander 184 2.8 189 2.9 26,767 4.1

For the 2016 Census in Australian Capital Territory, there were 6,475 Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people. Of these, 50.2% were male and 49.8% were female.

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Age Australian Capital Territory % Australian Capital Territory Australian Capital Territory % Australian Capital Territory Australia % Australia
Median age 23 -- 23 -- 23 --
0-4 years 726 11.2 726 11.2 73,265 11.3
5-14 years 1,298 20.1 1,302 20.0 147,134 22.7
15-24 years 1,363 21.1 1,368 21.0 123,719 19.1
25-34 years 1,029 15.9 1,031 15.9 88,861 13.7
35-44 years 747 11.5 756 11.6 72,394 11.2
45-54 years 691 10.7 693 10.7 67,415 10.4
55-64 years 414 6.4 419 6.4 45,433 7.0
65 years and over 205 3.2 205 3.2 30,952 4.8

In Australian Capital Territory, the median age of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people was 23 years. Of the Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people 31.3% were children aged 0 to 14 years and 3.2% were people aged 65 years and over.

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Registered marital status
People aged 15 years and over
Australian Capital Territory % Australian Capital Territory Australian Capital Territory % Australian Capital Territory Australia % Australia
Married 1,157 26.1 1,164 26.0 105,086 24.5
Separated 165 3.7 167 3.7 19,112 4.5
Divorced 370 8.3 374 8.4 28,796 6.7
Widowed 81 1.8 81 1.8 13,794 3.2
Never married 2,666 60.1 2,686 60.1 261,980 61.1

In Australian Capital Territory, 26.1% of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people were married and 12.1% were either divorced or separated.

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Social marital status
People aged 15 years and over
Australian Capital Territory % Australian Capital Territory Australian Capital Territory % Australian Capital Territory Australia % Australia
Registered marriage 1,018 25.5 1,018 25.5 86,716 23.1
De facto marriage 648 16.2 648 16.2 60,051 16.0
Not married 2,325 58.3 2,325 58.3 228,281 60.9

In Australian Capital Territory, 25.5% of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people were in a registered marriage and 16.2% were in a de facto marriage.

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Education attendance Australian Capital Territory % Australian Capital Territory Australian Capital Territory % Australian Capital Territory Australia % Australia
Pre-school 181 6.7 181 6.7 16,698 6.4
Primary 899 33.4 903 33.4 97,859 37.5
Secondary 642 23.9 642 23.7 65,208 25.0
Technical or further education institution 221 8.2 221 8.2 14,227 5.5
University or tertiary institution 411 15.3 411 15.2 15,489 5.9
Other 56 2.1 61 2.3 5,047 1.9
Not stated 280 10.4 288 10.6 46,428 17.8

Of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people in Australian Capital Territory, 41.5% were attending an educational institution. Of these, 33.4% were attending a primary school, 23.9% were attending a secondary school and 23.5% were attending a tertiary or technical institution.

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Level of highest educational attainment
People aged 15 years and over
Australian Capital Territory % Australian Capital Territory Australian Capital Territory % Australian Capital Territory Australia % Australia
Bachelor Degree level and above 766 17.2 771 17.2 24,911 5.8
Advanced Diploma and Diploma level 472 10.6 477 10.7 23,795 5.5
Certificate level IV 262 5.9 264 5.9 14,308 3.3
Certificate level III 468 10.5 471 10.5 56,625 13.2
Year 12 809 18.2 808 18.0 59,949 14.0
Year 11 228 5.1 234 5.2 34,674 8.1
Year 10 608 13.7 611 13.6 77,265 18.0
Certificate level II 11 0.2 11 0.2 1,215 0.3
Certificate level I 0 0.0 0 0.0 241 0.1
Year 9 or below 408 9.2 410 9.2 64,604 15.1
No educational attainment 20 0.4 20 0.4 4,256 1.0
Not stated 295 6.6 309 6.9 56,698 13.2

Of people aged 15 and over in Australian Capital Territory, 18.2% reported having completed Year 12 as their highest level of educational attainment, 16.4% had completed a Certificate III or IV and 10.6% had completed an Advanced Diploma or Diploma.

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Cultural & language diversity

Australian Indigenous language, top responses Australian Capital Territory % Australian Capital Territory Australian Capital Territory % Australian Capital Territory Australia % Australia
Aboriginal English, so described 23 0.4 23 0.4 625 0.1
Wiradjuri 14 0.2 14 0.2 432 0.1
Other Australian Indigenous Languages, nec 8 0.1 8 0.1 347 0.1
Yumplatok (Torres Strait Creole) 4 0.1 4 0.1 6,000 0.9
Pitjantjatjara 3 0.0 3 0.0 3,054 0.5
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English only spoken at home 6,032 93.1 6,048 92.9 544,491 83.9

English was the only language spoken at home by 93.1% of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people in Australian Capital Territory. Indigenous languages spoken at home include Aboriginal English, so described 0.4%, Wiradjuri 0.2%, Other Australian Indigenous Languages, nec 0.1%, Yumplatok (Torres Strait Creole) 0.1% and Pitjantjatjara 0.0%.

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Ancestry, top responses Australian Capital Territory % Australian Capital Territory Australian Capital Territory % Australian Capital Territory Australia % Australia
Australian 4,406 45.1 4,421 45.1 399,843 45.0
English 1,782 18.3 1,786 18.2 152,758 17.2
Australian Aboriginal 1,014 10.4 1,021 10.4 140,480 15.8
Irish 801 8.2 809 8.3 45,887 5.2
Scottish 531 5.4 531 5.4 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 Australian Capital Territory (including those who did not state an ancestry).

For Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people in Australian Capital Territory, the most common ancestries were Australian 45.1%, English 18.3%, Australian Aboriginal 10.4%, Irish 8.2% and Scottish 5.4%.

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Employment

Employment
People who reported being in the labour force, aged 15 years and over
Australian Capital Territory % Australian Capital Territory Australian Capital Territory % Australian Capital Territory Australia % Australia
Worked full-time 1,901 62.3 1,906 62.4 106,960 48.0
Worked part-time 711 23.3 709 23.2 61,049 27.4
Away from work 159 5.2 159 5.2 14,143 6.4
Unemployed 280 9.2 281 9.2 40,486 18.2
Not in the labour force 1,339 30.1 1,343 30.0 190,132 44.3

There were 3,051 people who reported being in the labour force in the week before Census night in Australian Capital Territory. Of these 62.3% were employed full time, 23.3% were employed part-time and 9.2% 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
Australian Capital Territory % Australian Capital Territory Australian Capital Territory % Australian Capital Territory Australia % Australia
Clerical and Administrative Workers 623 22.4 620 22.3 23,174 12.7
Professionals 575 20.7 575 20.7 24,339 13.4
Community and Personal Service Workers 342 12.3 343 12.3 30,991 17.0
Managers 340 12.2 340 12.2 12,844 7.1
Technicians and Trades Workers 264 9.5 264 9.5 24,399 13.4
Labourers 204 7.3 208 7.5 27,814 15.3
Sales Workers 187 6.7 189 6.8 15,791 8.7
Inadequately described 127 4.6 129 4.6 3,291 1.8

For Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people in Australian Capital Territory, the most common occupations were Clerical and Administrative Workers 22.4%, Professionals 20.7%, Community and Personal Service Workers 12.3%, Managers 12.2%, Technicians and Trades Workers 9.5%, Labourers 7.3%, Sales Workers 6.7% and Inadequately described 4.6%.

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Industry of employment, top responses
Employed people aged 15 years and over
Australian Capital Territory % Australian Capital Territory Australian Capital Territory % Australian Capital Territory Australia % Australia
Central Government Administration 590 22.1 590 22.1 3,808 2.1
Defence 164 6.2 164 6.1 1,602 0.9
State Government Administration 114 4.3 115 4.3 4,176 2.3
Takeaway Food Services 69 2.6 69 2.6 4,469 2.5
Higher Education 59 2.2 59 2.2 1,885 1.0

For Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people in Australian Capital Territory, the most common industries of employment were Central Government Administration 22.1%, Defence 6.2%, State Government Administration 4.3%, Takeaway Food Services 2.6% and Higher Education 2.2%.

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Median weekly incomes
People aged 15 years and over
Australian Capital Territory % Australian Capital Territory Australian Capital Territory % Australian Capital Territory Australia % Australia
Personal 792 -- 789 -- 441 --
Household 1,886 -- 1,886 -- 1,203 --

The median weekly personal income for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people in Australian Capital Territory was $792 and the median weekly household income was $1,886.

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Unpaid work
People aged 15 years and over
Australian Capital Territory % Australian Capital Territory Australian Capital Territory % Australian Capital Territory Australia % Australia
Did unpaid domestic work (last week) 3,226 72.6 3,243 72.5 263,334 61.4
Cared for child/children (last two weeks) 1,378 31.0 1,385 31.0 136,079 31.7
Provided unpaid assistance to a person with a disability (last two weeks) 608 13.7 618 13.8 58,541 13.7
Did voluntary work through an organisation or group (last 12 months) 930 20.9 934 20.9 63,303 14.8

In Australian Capital Territory, of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people, 72.6% did unpaid domestic work in the week before the Census. During the two weeks before the Census, 31.0% provided care for children and 13.7% assisted family members or others due to a disability, long term illness or problems related to old age. In the year before the Census, 20.9% 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
Australian Capital Territory % Australian Capital Territory Australian Capital Territory % Australian Capital Territory Australia % Australia
Average number of people per household 2.9 -- 2.9 -- 3.2 --
Average number of persons per bedroom 1 -- 1 -- 1 --
Average number of registered motor vehicles per dwelling 1.9 -- 1.9 -- 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 Australian Capital Territory, for dwellings occupied by Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people, the average household size was 2.9 persons, with 1 persons per bedroom and 1.9 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
Australian Capital Territory % Australian Capital Territory Australian Capital Territory % Australian Capital Territory Australia % Australia
Median weekly rent 360 -- 360 -- 250 --
Median monthly mortgage repayments 2,167 -- 2,167 -- 1,660 --

In Australian Capital Territory, for dwellings occupied by Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people, the median weekly rent was $360 and the median monthly mortgage repayment was $2,167.

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Family household composition
Counts the types of families within family households at the dwelling level
Australian Capital Territory % Australian Capital Territory Australian Capital Territory % Australian Capital Territory Australia % Australia
One family household: Couple family with no children 647 19.8 647 19.8 42,536 16.2
One family household: Couple family with children 1,033 31.7 1,033 31.7 80,803 30.7
One family household: One parent family 694 21.3 694 21.3 67,528 25.7
One family household: Other family 54 1.7 54 1.7 5,547 2.1
Multiple family household: Couple family with no children 22 0.7 22 0.7 2,223 0.8
Multiple family household: Couple family with children 34 1.0 34 1.0 4,951 1.9
Multiple family household: One parent family 26 0.8 26 0.8 5,768 2.2
Multiple family household: Other family 0 0.0 0 0.0 471 0.2
Other household 751 23.0 751 23.0 53,195 20.2

In Australian Capital Territory, of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander households, 20.5% were a couple family with no children, 32.7% were a couple family with children and 22.1% 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
Australian Capital Territory % Australian Capital Territory Australian Capital Territory % Australian Capital Territory Australia % Australia
Separate house 2,285 70.2 2,285 70.2 211,205 80.7
Semi-detached, row or terrace house, townhouse etc 587 18.0 587 18.0 27,017 10.3
Flat or apartment 370 11.4 370 11.4 20,580 7.9
Other dwelling 15 0.5 15 0.5 2,897 1.1

In Australian Capital Territory there were 3,254 private dwellings occupied by Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people. Where a dwelling type was stated, 70.2% were separate houses, 18.0% were semi-detached, row or terrace houses, townhouses etc, 11.4% were flats or apartments and 0.5% were other dwellings.

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Tenure
Occupied private dwellings where at least one person was Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
Australian Capital Territory % Australian Capital Territory Australian Capital Territory % Australian Capital Territory Australia % Australia
Owned outright 325 10.0 325 10.0 32,045 12.2
Owned with a mortgage 1,069 32.9 1,069 32.9 68,085 25.9
Rented 1,737 53.5 1,737 53.5 150,832 57.3
Other tenure type 18 0.6 18 0.6 1,888 0.7
Tenure type not stated 100 3.1 100 3.1 10,182 3.9

In Australian Capital Territory, of dwellings occupied by Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people, 10.0% were owned outright, 32.9% were owned with a mortgage and 53.5% 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.