Cairns (R)

2016 Census Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people QuickStats
Geography type Local Government Areas
Area code LGA32080
Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people 14,107
Male 46.9%
Female 53.1%
Median age 22
Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander households 5,246
Average people per household 3.1
Median weekly household income $1,082
Median monthly mortgage repayments $1,704
Median weekly rent $260

(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 Cairns (R) % Cairns (R) Queensland % Queensland Australia % Australia
Aboriginal 7,268 51.5 148,940 79.9 590,062 90.9
Torres Strait Islander 4,096 29.0 21,056 11.3 32,344 5.0
Both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander 2,743 19.4 16,487 8.8 26,767 4.1

For the 2016 Census in Cairns (R), there were 14,107 Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people. Of these, 46.9% were male and 53.1% were female.

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Age Cairns (R) % Cairns (R) Queensland % Queensland Australia % Australia
Median age 22 -- 22 -- 23 --
0-4 years 1,624 11.5 21,857 11.7 73,265 11.3
5-14 years 3,452 24.5 44,223 23.7 147,134 22.7
15-24 years 2,548 18.1 35,876 19.2 123,719 19.1
25-34 years 1,832 13.0 24,524 13.2 88,861 13.7
35-44 years 1,700 12.1 20,754 11.1 72,394 11.2
45-54 years 1,389 9.9 18,739 10.0 67,415 10.4
55-64 years 924 6.6 12,308 6.6 45,433 7.0
65 years and over 624 4.4 8,194 4.4 30,952 4.8

In Cairns (R), the median age of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people was 22 years. Of the Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people 36.0% were children aged 0 to 14 years and 4.4% were people aged 65 years and over.

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Registered marital status
People aged 15 years and over
Cairns (R) % Cairns (R) Queensland % Queensland Australia % Australia
Married 1,584 17.6 26,266 21.8 105,086 24.5
Separated 387 4.3 5,219 4.3 19,112 4.5
Divorced 540 6.0 7,870 6.5 28,796 6.7
Widowed 292 3.2 3,492 2.9 13,794 3.2
Never married 6,217 68.9 77,564 64.4 261,980 61.1

In Cairns (R), 17.6% of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people were married and 10.3% were either divorced or separated.

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Social marital status
People aged 15 years and over
Cairns (R) % Cairns (R) Queensland % Queensland Australia % Australia
Registered marriage 1,354 17.0 22,449 21.1 86,716 23.1
De facto marriage 1,350 17.0 18,992 17.9 60,051 16.0
Not married 5,258 66.0 64,807 61.0 228,281 60.9

In Cairns (R), 17.0% of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people were in a registered marriage and 17.0% were in a de facto marriage.

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Education attendance Cairns (R) % Cairns (R) Queensland % Queensland Australia % Australia
Pre-school 252 4.6 3,597 4.9 16,698 6.4
Primary 2,177 39.5 29,132 39.8 97,859 37.5
Secondary 1,483 26.9 19,602 26.8 65,208 25.0
Technical or further education institution 234 4.2 3,177 4.3 14,227 5.5
University or tertiary institution 295 5.4 4,645 6.3 15,489 5.9
Other 140 2.5 1,750 2.4 5,047 1.9
Not stated 933 16.9 11,357 15.5 46,428 17.8

Of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people in Cairns (R), 39.1% were attending an educational institution. Of these, 39.5% were attending a primary school, 26.9% were attending a secondary school and 9.6% were attending a tertiary or technical institution.

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Level of highest educational attainment
People aged 15 years and over
Cairns (R) % Cairns (R) Queensland % Queensland Australia % Australia
Bachelor Degree level and above 508 5.6 6,490 5.4 24,911 5.8
Advanced Diploma and Diploma level 606 6.7 7,156 5.9 23,795 5.5
Certificate level IV 293 3.3 3,808 3.2 14,308 3.3
Certificate level III 1,293 14.3 17,714 14.7 56,625 13.2
Year 12 1,769 19.6 21,285 17.7 59,949 14.0
Year 11 846 9.4 9,701 8.1 34,674 8.1
Year 10 1,415 15.7 21,474 17.8 77,265 18.0
Certificate level II 15 0.2 280 0.2 1,215 0.3
Certificate level I 0 0.0 58 0.0 241 0.1
Year 9 or below 995 11.0 15,282 12.7 64,604 15.1
No educational attainment 87 1.0 920 0.8 4,256 1.0
Not stated 965 10.7 13,484 11.2 56,698 13.2

Of people aged 15 and over in Cairns (R), 19.6% reported having completed Year 12 as their highest level of educational attainment, 17.7% had completed a Certificate III or IV and 6.7% had completed an Advanced Diploma or Diploma.

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Cultural & language diversity

Australian Indigenous language, top responses Cairns (R) % Cairns (R) Queensland % Queensland Australia % Australia
Yumplatok (Torres Strait Creole) 676 4.8 5,742 3.1 6,000 0.9
Kalaw Kawaw Ya/Kalaw Lagaw Ya 116 0.8 912 0.5 939 0.1
Kriol 28 0.2 354 0.2 7,108 1.1
Kuku Yalanji 27 0.2 318 0.2 314 0.0
Guugu Yimidhirr 23 0.2 762 0.4 764 0.1
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English only spoken at home 11,528 81.8 161,165 86.4 544,491 83.9

English was the only language spoken at home by 81.8% of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people in Cairns (R). Indigenous languages spoken at home include Yumplatok (Torres Strait Creole) 4.8%, Kalaw Kawaw Ya/Kalaw Lagaw Ya 0.8%, Kriol 0.2%, Kuku Yalanji 0.2% and Guugu Yimidhirr 0.2%.

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Ancestry, top responses Cairns (R) % Cairns (R) Queensland % Queensland Australia % Australia
Australian 9,412 46.6 114,137 43.5 399,843 45.0
English 2,686 13.3 41,381 15.8 152,758 17.2
Australian Aboriginal 1,809 9.0 36,062 13.8 140,480 15.8
Torres Strait Islander 1,602 7.9 13,059 5.0 14,948 1.7
Irish 799 4.0 13,013 5.0 45,887 5.2

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 Cairns (R) (including those who did not state an ancestry).

For Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people in Cairns (R), the most common ancestries were Australian 46.6%, English 13.3%, Australian Aboriginal 9.0%, Torres Strait Islander 7.9% and Irish 4.0%.

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Employment

Employment
People who reported being in the labour force, aged 15 years and over
Cairns (R) % Cairns (R) Queensland % Queensland Australia % Australia
Worked full-time 2,187 44.9 30,836 46.8 106,960 48.0
Worked part-time 1,243 25.5 17,867 27.1 61,049 27.4
Away from work 296 6.1 3,935 6.0 14,143 6.4
Unemployed 1,150 23.6 13,259 20.1 40,486 18.2
Not in the labour force 3,892 43.1 51,070 42.4 190,132 44.3

There were 4,876 people who reported being in the labour force in the week before Census night in Cairns (R). Of these 44.9% were employed full time, 25.5% were employed part-time and 23.6% 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
Cairns (R) % Cairns (R) Queensland % Queensland Australia % Australia
Community and Personal Service Workers 702 18.9 8,935 17.0 30,991 17.0
Clerical and Administrative Workers 612 16.5 6,728 12.8 23,174 12.7
Labourers 579 15.6 8,925 17.0 27,814 15.3
Professionals 517 14.0 6,202 11.8 24,339 13.4
Technicians and Trades Workers 413 11.1 7,056 13.4 24,399 13.4
Sales Workers 329 8.9 4,797 9.1 15,791 8.7
Machinery Operators and Drivers 254 6.9 5,130 9.7 16,774 9.2
Managers 201 5.4 3,333 6.3 12,844 7.1

For Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people in Cairns (R), the most common occupations were Community and Personal Service Workers 18.9%, Clerical and Administrative Workers 16.5%, Labourers 15.6%, Professionals 14.0%, Technicians and Trades Workers 11.1%, Sales Workers 8.9%, Machinery Operators and Drivers 6.9% and Managers 5.4%.

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Industry of employment, top responses
Employed people aged 15 years and over
Cairns (R) % Cairns (R) Queensland % Queensland Australia % Australia
Hospitals (except Psychiatric Hospitals) 154 4.2 1,812 3.4 5,542 3.0
Central Government Administration 148 4.0 968 1.8 3,808 2.1
Other Social Assistance Services 143 3.9 1,349 2.6 5,302 2.9
Accommodation 136 3.7 801 1.5 2,427 1.3
Primary Education 103 2.8 1,434 2.7 4,897 2.7

For Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people in Cairns (R), the most common industries of employment were Hospitals (except Psychiatric Hospitals) 4.2%, Central Government Administration 4.0%, Other Social Assistance Services 3.9%, Accommodation 3.7% and Primary Education 2.8%.

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Median weekly incomes
People aged 15 years and over
Cairns (R) % Cairns (R) Queensland % Queensland Australia % Australia
Personal 476 -- 453 -- 441 --
Household 1,082 -- 1,222 -- 1,203 --

The median weekly personal income for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people in Cairns (R) was $476 and the median weekly household income was $1,082.

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Unpaid work
People aged 15 years and over
Cairns (R) % Cairns (R) Queensland % Queensland Australia % Australia
Did unpaid domestic work (last week) 5,235 58.0 75,703 62.9 263,334 61.4
Cared for child/children (last two weeks) 2,733 30.3 38,265 31.8 136,079 31.7
Provided unpaid assistance to a person with a disability (last two weeks) 1,122 12.4 15,171 12.6 58,541 13.7
Did voluntary work through an organisation or group (last 12 months) 1,434 15.9 18,300 15.2 63,303 14.8

In Cairns (R), of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people, 58.0% did unpaid domestic work in the week before the Census. During the two weeks before the Census, 30.3% provided care for children and 12.4% assisted family members or others due to a disability, long term illness or problems related to old age. In the year before the Census, 15.9% 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
Cairns (R) % Cairns (R) Queensland % Queensland Australia % Australia
Average number of people per household 3.1 -- 3.3 -- 3.2 --
Average number of persons per bedroom 1.1 -- 1 -- 1 --
Average number of registered motor vehicles per dwelling 1.5 -- 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 Cairns (R), for dwellings occupied by Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people, the average household size was 3.1 persons, with 1.1 persons per bedroom and 1.5 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
Cairns (R) % Cairns (R) Queensland % Queensland Australia % Australia
Median weekly rent 260 -- 270 -- 250 --
Median monthly mortgage repayments 1,704 -- 1,733 -- 1,660 --

In Cairns (R), for dwellings occupied by Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people, the median weekly rent was $260 and the median monthly mortgage repayment was $1,704.

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Family household composition
Counts the types of families within family households at the dwelling level
Cairns (R) % Cairns (R) Queensland % Queensland Australia % Australia
One family household: Couple family with no children 676 12.9 11,886 15.9 42,536 16.2
One family household: Couple family with children 1,390 26.5 23,609 31.6 80,803 30.7
One family household: One parent family 1,682 32.0 19,239 25.8 67,528 25.7
One family household: Other family 110 2.1 1,624 2.2 5,547 2.1
Multiple family household: Couple family with no children 40 0.8 576 0.8 2,223 0.8
Multiple family household: Couple family with children 73 1.4 1,381 1.8 4,951 1.9
Multiple family household: One parent family 115 2.2 1,702 2.3 5,768 2.2
Multiple family household: Other family 7 0.1 117 0.2 471 0.2
Other household 1,159 22.1 14,572 19.5 53,195 20.2

In Cairns (R), of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander households, 13.6% were a couple family with no children, 27.9% were a couple family with children and 34.2% 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
Cairns (R) % Cairns (R) Queensland % Queensland Australia % Australia
Separate house 3,476 66.6 60,179 80.9 211,205 80.7
Semi-detached, row or terrace house, townhouse etc 633 12.1 6,987 9.4 27,017 10.3
Flat or apartment 1,066 20.4 6,288 8.5 20,580 7.9
Other dwelling 48 0.9 909 1.2 2,897 1.1

In Cairns (R) there were 5,246 private dwellings occupied by Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people. Where a dwelling type was stated, 66.6% were separate houses, 12.1% were semi-detached, row or terrace houses, townhouses etc, 20.4% were flats or apartments and 0.9% were other dwellings.

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Tenure
Occupied private dwellings where at least one person was Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
Cairns (R) % Cairns (R) Queensland % Queensland Australia % Australia
Owned outright 412 7.8 7,727 10.3 32,045 12.2
Owned with a mortgage 1,023 19.5 17,634 23.6 68,085 25.9
Rented 3,536 67.3 46,197 61.8 150,832 57.3
Other tenure type 20 0.4 409 0.5 1,888 0.7
Tenure type not stated 265 5.0 2,743 3.7 10,182 3.9

In Cairns (R), of dwellings occupied by Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people, 7.8% were owned outright, 19.5% were owned with a mortgage and 67.3% 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.