Torres Strait Island (R)

2016 Census All persons QuickStats
Geography type Local Government Areas
Area code LGA36960
People 4,514
Male 50.8%
Female 49.2%
Median age 24
Families 967
Average children per family
for families with children 2.2
for all families 1.4
All private dwellings 1,221
Average people per household 3.8
Median weekly household income $929
Median monthly mortgage repayments $0
Median weekly rent $115
Average motor vehicles per dwelling 0.5

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People

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Demographics & education

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

People
Persons count based on place of usual residence on Census night
Torres Strait Island (R) % Torres Strait Island (R) Queensland % Queensland Australia % Australia
Male 2,295 50.8 2,321,889 49.4 11,546,638 49.3
Female 2,221 49.2 2,381,308 50.6 11,855,248 50.7
Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people 4,144 91.8 186,482 4.0 649,171 2.8

In the 2016 Census, there were 4,514 people in Torres Strait Island (R). Of these 50.8% were male and 49.2% were female. Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people made up 91.8% of the population.

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Age Torres Strait Island (R) % Torres Strait Island (R) Queensland % Queensland Australia % Australia
Median age 24 -- 37 -- 38 --
0-4 years 545 12.1 296,466 6.3 1,464,779 6.3
5-9 years 605 13.4 317,138 6.7 1,502,646 6.4
10-14 years 413 9.2 299,097 6.4 1,397,183 6.0
15-19 years 350 7.8 296,287 6.3 1,421,595 6.1
20-24 years 406 9.0 316,860 6.7 1,566,793 6.7
25-29 years 404 9.0 320,753 6.8 1,664,602 7.1
30-34 years 297 6.6 325,943 6.9 1,703,847 7.3
35-39 years 283 6.3 305,218 6.5 1,561,679 6.7
40-44 years 212 4.7 322,901 6.9 1,583,257 6.8
45-49 years 218 4.8 322,982 6.9 1,581,455 6.8
50-54 years 202 4.5 308,727 6.6 1,523,551 6.5
55-59 years 191 4.2 292,198 6.2 1,454,332 6.2
60-64 years 166 3.7 260,685 5.5 1,299,397 5.6
65-69 years 108 2.4 242,192 5.1 1,188,999 5.1
70-74 years 52 1.2 180,406 3.8 887,716 3.8
75-79 years 41 0.9 126,084 2.7 652,657 2.8
80-84 years 14 0.3 83,731 1.8 460,549 2.0
85 years and over 6 0.1 85,528 1.8 486,842 2.1

The median age of people in Torres Strait Island (R) was 24 years. Children aged 0 - 14 years made up 34.6% of the population and people aged 65 years and over made up 4.9% of the population.

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Registered marital status
People aged 15 years and over
Torres Strait Island (R) % Torres Strait Island (R) Queensland % Queensland Australia % Australia
Married 674 22.9 1,775,920 46.9 9,148,218 48.1
Separated 54 1.8 134,953 3.6 608,059 3.2
Divorced 49 1.7 354,382 9.3 1,626,890 8.5
Widowed 109 3.7 184,671 4.9 985,204 5.2
Never married 2,060 69.9 1,340,580 35.4 6,668,910 35.0

Of people in Torres Strait Island (R) aged 15 years and over, 22.9% were married and 3.4% were either divorced or separated.

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Social marital status
People aged 15 years and over
Torres Strait Island (R) % Torres Strait Island (R) Queensland % Queensland Australia % Australia
Registered marriage 516 20.9 1,546,502 46.7 8,001,141 47.7
De facto marriage 645 26.1 394,739 11.9 1,751,731 10.4
Not married 1,313 53.1 1,367,026 41.3 7,024,973 41.9

In Torres Strait Island (R), of people aged 15 years and over, 20.9% of people were in a registered marriage and 26.1% were in a de facto marriage.

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Education Torres Strait Island (R) % Torres Strait Island (R) Queensland % Queensland Australia % Australia
Preschool 89 5.5 56,639 3.9 347,621 4.8
Primary - Government 711 44.1 276,468 19.1 1,314,787 18.2
Primary - Catholic 25 1.5 73,844 5.1 380,604 5.3
Primary - other non Government 47 2.9 50,202 3.5 231,490 3.2
Secondary - Government 144 8.9 176,138 12.2 827,505 11.5
Secondary - Catholic 64 4.0 63,080 4.4 338,384 4.7
Secondary - other non Government 13 0.8 58,927 4.1 280,618 3.9
Technical or further education institution 72 4.5 76,992 5.3 424,869 5.9
University or tertiary institution 20 1.2 213,221 14.8 1,160,626 16.1
Other 17 1.1 37,517 2.6 198,383 2.8
Not stated 412 25.5 360,888 25.0 1,707,023 23.7

In Torres Strait Island (R) 35.6% of people were attending an educational institution. Of these, 48.7% were in primary school, 13.6% in secondary school and 5.7% in a tertiary or technical institution.

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Level of highest educational attainment
People aged 15 years and over
Torres Strait Island (R) % Torres Strait Island (R) Queensland % Queensland Australia % Australia
Bachelor Degree level and above 105 3.6 693,412 18.3 4,181,406 22.0
Advanced Diploma and Diploma level 132 4.5 330,619 8.7 1,687,893 8.9
Certificate level IV 116 3.9 111,975 3.0 551,767 2.9
Certificate level III 462 15.7 576,295 15.2 2,442,203 12.8
Year 12 607 20.6 625,959 16.5 2,994,097 15.7
Year 11 182 6.2 163,394 4.3 941,531 4.9
Year 10 323 11.0 488,554 12.9 2,054,331 10.8
Certificate level II 14 0.5 2,602 0.1 13,454 0.1
Certificate level I 6 0.2 418 0.0 2,176 0.0
Year 9 or below 315 10.7 275,376 7.3 1,529,897 8.0
No educational attainment 13 0.4 15,700 0.4 145,844 0.8
Not stated 625 21.2 409,227 10.8 1,974,794 10.4

Of people aged 15 and over in Torres Strait Island (R), 20.6% reported having completed Year 12 as their highest level of educational attainment, 19.5% had completed a Certificate III or IV and 4.5% had completed an Advanced Diploma or Diploma.

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Cultural & language diversity

Ancestry, top responses Torres Strait Island (R) % Torres Strait Island (R) Queensland % Queensland Australia % Australia
Torres Strait Islander 3,630 64.6 13,227 0.2 15,243 0.0
Australian Aboriginal 464 8.3 36,971 0.6 144,173 0.5
Papua New Guinean 365 6.5 12,765 0.2 18,801 0.1
Australian 205 3.6 1,649,284 25.3 7,298,243 23.3
Maritime South-East Asian, nec 144 2.6 358 0.0 1,445 0.0

The most common ancestries in Torres Strait Island (R) were Torres Strait Islander 64.6%, Australian Aboriginal 8.3%, Papua New Guinean 6.5%, Australian 3.6% and Maritime South-East Asian, nec 2.6%.

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 Torres Strait Island (R) (including those who did not state an ancestry).

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Country of birth Torres Strait Island (R) % Torres Strait Island (R) Queensland % Queensland Australia % Australia
Australia 4,232 94.0 3,343,657 71.1 15,614,835 66.7
Other top responses:  null  null  null  null  null  null
Papua New Guinea 148 3.3 16,120 0.3 28,800 0.1
New Zealand 14 0.3 201,206 4.3 518,466 2.2
Netherlands 3 0.1 14,067 0.3 70,172 0.3
Finland 3 0.1 2,538 0.1 7,711 0.0

In Torres Strait Island (R), 94.0% of people were born in Australia. The only other responses for country of birth were Papua New Guinea 3.3%, New Zealand 0.3%, Netherlands 0.1% and Finland 0.1%.

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Country of birth of father and/or mother, stated responses Torres Strait Island (R) % Torres Strait Island (R) Queensland % Queensland Australia % Australia
Both parents born overseas 258 5.7 1,225,441 26.1 8,051,196 34.4
Father only born overseas 127 2.8 302,904 6.4 1,488,092 6.4
Mother only born overseas 126 2.8 234,425 5.0 1,094,591 4.7
Both parents born in Australia 3,633 80.6 2,575,201 54.8 11,070,538 47.3

In Torres Strait Island (R), 80.6% of people had both parents born in Australia and 5.7% of people had both parents born overseas.

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Country of birth of father, stated responses Torres Strait Island (R) % Torres Strait Island (R) Queensland % Queensland Australia % Australia
Australia 3,826 84.9 2,824,420 60.1 12,231,150 52.3
Papua New Guinea 321 7.1 16,296 0.3 28,460 0.1
New Zealand 19 0.4 236,403 5.0 617,331 2.6
Tuvalu 5 0.1 233 0.0 445 0.0
Netherlands 5 0.1 35,231 0.7 175,354 0.7

In Torres Strait Island (R), the most common countries of birth for male parents were Australia 84.9%, Papua New Guinea 7.1%, New Zealand 0.4%, Tuvalu 0.1% and Netherlands 0.1%.

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Country of birth of mother, stated responses Torres Strait Island (R) % Torres Strait Island (R) Queensland % Queensland Australia % Australia
Australia 3,788 83.9 2,897,343 61.6 12,643,365 54.0
Papua New Guinea 336 7.4 20,050 0.4 34,128 0.1
New Zealand 19 0.4 236,930 5.0 608,329 2.6
England 9 0.2 264,169 5.6 1,302,147 5.6
Cook Islands 5 0.1 5,027 0.1 16,103 0.1

In Torres Strait Island (R), the most common countries of birth for female parents were Australia 83.9%, Papua New Guinea 7.4%, New Zealand 0.4%, England 0.2% and Cook Islands 0.1%.

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Religious affiliation, top responses Torres Strait Island (R) % Torres Strait Island (R) Queensland % Queensland Australia % Australia
Anglican 1,763 38.9 719,718 15.3 3,101,185 13.3
Pentecostal 573 12.7 72,478 1.5 260,558 1.1
Christian, nfd 558 12.3 143,355 3.0 612,371 2.6
Not stated 464 10.2 468,042 10.0 2,238,735 9.6
Catholic 384 8.5 1,022,514 21.7 5,291,834 22.6

The most common responses for religion in Torres Strait Island (R) were Anglican 38.9%, Pentecostal 12.7%, Christian, nfd 12.3%, Not stated 10.2% and Catholic 8.5%. In Torres Strait Island (R), Christianity was the largest religious group reported overall (86.0%) (this figure excludes not stated responses).

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Language, top responses (other than English) Torres Strait Island (R) % Torres Strait Island (R) Queensland % Queensland Australia % Australia
Yumplatok (Torres Strait Creole) 2,530 56.0 5,901 0.1 6,171 0.0
Kalaw Kawaw Ya/Kalaw Lagaw Ya 506 11.2 930 0.0 957 0.0
Meriam Mir 123 2.7 195 0.0 217 0.0
Kiwai 18 0.4 34 0.0 40 0.0
Motu (HiriMotu) 7 0.2 543 0.0 693 0.0
 null  null  null  null  null  null  null
English only spoken at home 243 5.4 3,820,632 81.2 17,020,417 72.7
Households where a non English language is spoken 915 83.4 242,052 13.5 1,971,011 22.2

In Torres Strait Island (R) 5.4% of people only spoke English at home. Other languages spoken at home included Yumplatok (Torres Strait Creole) 56.0%, Kalaw Kawaw Ya/Kalaw Lagaw Ya 11.2%, Meriam Mir 2.7%, Kiwai 0.4% and Motu (HiriMotu) 0.2%.

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Employment

Employment
People who reported being in the labour force, aged 15 years and over
Torres Strait Island (R) % Torres Strait Island (R) Queensland % Queensland Australia % Australia
Worked full-time 537 46.6 1,333,193 57.7 6,623,065 57.7
Worked part-time 364 31.6 691,751 29.9 3,491,503 30.4
Away from work 69 6.0 111,509 4.8 569,276 5.0
Unemployed 183 15.9 175,665 7.6 787,452 6.9

There were 1,153 people who reported being in the labour force in the week before Census night in Torres Strait Island (R). Of these 46.6% were employed full time, 31.6% were employed part-time and 15.9% 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.

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Employment - hours worked
Employed people aged 15 years and over
Torres Strait Island (R) % Torres Strait Island (R) Queensland % Queensland Australia % Australia
1-15 hours per week 129 13.4 235,001 11.0 1,218,823 11.4
16-24 hours per week 83 8.6 201,035 9.4 1,079,236 10.1
25-34 hours per week 155 16.0 255,714 12.0 1,193,445 11.2
35-39 hours per week 193 20.0 410,236 19.2 2,031,263 19.0
40 hours or more per week 338 35.0 922,958 43.2 4,591,801 43.0

Of employed people in Torres Strait Island (R), 13.4% worked 1 to 15 hours, 8.6% worked 16 to 24 hours and 35.0% worked 40 hours or more.

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Occupation
Employed people aged 15 years and over
Torres Strait Island (R) % Torres Strait Island (R) Queensland % Queensland Australia % Australia
Professionals 207 21.3 423,917 19.8 2,370,966 22.2
Community and Personal Service Workers 170 17.5 241,956 11.3 1,157,003 10.8
Labourers 159 16.4 225,268 10.5 1,011,520 9.5
Clerical and Administrative Workers 128 13.2 291,317 13.6 1,449,681 13.6
Technicians and Trades Workers 113 11.6 305,441 14.3 1,447,414 13.5
Managers 72 7.4 258,509 12.1 1,390,047 13.0
Sales Workers 64 6.6 207,795 9.7 1,000,955 9.4
Machinery Operators and Drivers 14 1.4 147,636 6.9 670,106 6.3

The most common occupations in Torres Strait Island (R) included Professionals 21.3%, Community and Personal Service Workers 17.5%, Labourers 16.4%, Clerical and Administrative Workers 13.2%, Technicians and Trades Workers 11.6%, Managers 7.4%, Sales Workers 6.6% and Machinery Operators and Drivers 1.4%.

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Industry of employment, top responses
Employed people aged 15 years and over
Torres Strait Island (R) % Torres Strait Island (R) Queensland % Queensland Australia % Australia
Local Government Administration 250 26.8 30,286 1.4 142,724 1.3
Primary Education 106 11.4 54,394 2.5 231,198 2.2
Combined Primary and Secondary Education 61 6.5 26,748 1.3 122,286 1.1
Supermarket and Grocery Stores 57 6.1 52,291 2.4 254,275 2.4
Hospitals (except Psychiatric Hospitals) 56 6.0 91,756 4.3 411,808 3.9

Of the employed people in Torres Strait Island (R), the most common responses for industry of employment included Local Government Administration 26.8%, Primary Education 11.4%, Combined Primary and Secondary Education 6.5%, Supermarket and Grocery Stores 6.1% and Hospitals (except Psychiatric Hospitals) 6.0%.

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Median weekly incomes
People aged 15 years and over
Torres Strait Island (R) % Torres Strait Island (R) Queensland % Queensland Australia % Australia
Personal 373 -- 660 -- 662 --
Family 856 -- 1,661 -- 1,734 --
Household 929 -- 1,402 -- 1,438 --

The median weekly personal income for people aged 15 years and over in Torres Strait Island (R) was $373.

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Travel to work, top responses
Employed people aged 15 years and over
Torres Strait Island (R) % Torres Strait Island (R) Queensland % Queensland Australia % Australia
Walked only 511 53.0 70,471 3.3 370,427 3.5
Car, as driver 225 23.3 1,368,965 64.1 6,574,571 61.5
Car, as passenger 87 9.0 112,508 5.3 489,922 4.6
Other 53 5.5 15,689 0.7 73,512 0.7
Bicycle 13 1.3 21,679 1.0 107,756 1.0
 null  null  null  null  null  null  null
People who travelled to work by public transport 7 0.7 152,230 7.1 1,225,668 11.5
People who travelled to work by car as driver or passenger 326 33.9 1,523,756 71.3 7,305,271 68.4

In Torres Strait Island (R), on the day of the Census, the most common methods of travel to work for employed people included Walked only 53.0%, Car, as driver 23.3%, Car, as passenger 9.0%, Other 5.5% and Bicycle 1.3%. On the day, 0.7% of employed people used public transport (train, bus, ferry, tram/light rail) as at least one of their methods of travel to work and 33.9% used car (either as driver or as passenger).

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Unpaid work
People aged 15 years and over
Torres Strait Island (R) % Torres Strait Island (R) Queensland % Queensland Australia % Australia
Did unpaid domestic work (last week) 1,927 65.2 2,671,858 70.5 13,143,914 69.0
Cared for child/children (last two weeks) 1,060 35.9 1,063,450 28.1 5,259,400 27.6
Provided unpaid assistance to a person with a disability (last two weeks) 253 8.6 407,168 10.7 2,145,203 11.3
Did voluntary work through an organisation or group (last 12 months) 560 19.0 714,138 18.8 3,620,726 19.0

In Torres Strait Island (R), of people aged 15 years and over, 65.2% did unpaid domestic work in the week before the Census. During the two weeks before the Census, 35.9% provided care for children and 8.6% assisted family members or others due to a disability, long term illness or problems related to old age. In the year before the Census, 19.0% of people did voluntary work through an organisation or a group.

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Unpaid domestic work, number of hours
People aged 15 years and over
Torres Strait Island (R) % Torres Strait Island (R) Queensland % Queensland Australia % Australia
Less than 5 hours per week 942 31.8 853,120 22.5 4,298,593 22.6
5 to 14 hours per week 529 17.9 1,017,232 26.8 4,944,578 26.0
15 to 29 hours per week 147 5.0 448,338 11.8 2,189,776 11.5
30 hours or more per week 313 10.6 353,168 9.3 1,710,970 9.0

Of people who did unpaid domestic work in the week before the Census in Torres Strait Island (R), 17.9% worked 5 to 14 hours, 5.0% worked 15 to 29 hours and 10.6% worked 30 hours or more.

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Families

family composition | employment status of couple families

Family composition

Family composition Torres Strait Island (R) % Torres Strait Island (R) Queensland % Queensland Australia % Australia
Couple family without children 124 12.9 481,451 39.4 2,291,987 37.8
Couple family with children 450 46.8 518,494 42.5 2,716,224 44.7
One parent family 356 37.0 201,308 16.5 959,543 15.8
Other family 32 3.3 19,898 1.6 102,559 1.7

Of the families in Torres Strait Island (R), 46.8% were couple families with children, 12.9% were couple families without children and 37.0% were one parent families.

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Single (or lone) parents
Proportion of the total single (or lone) parent population
Torres Strait Island (R) % Torres Strait Island (R) Queensland % Queensland Australia % Australia
Male -- 19.7 -- 18.5 -- 18.2
Female -- 80.3 -- 81.5 -- 81.8

In Torres Strait Island (R), 19.7% of single parents were male and 80.3% were female.

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Employment status of couple families

Employment status of parents in couple families
Labour force, parents or partners aged 15 years and over
Torres Strait Island (R) % Torres Strait Island (R) Queensland % Queensland Australia % Australia
Both employed, worked full-time 58 10.1 225,032 22.5 1,084,006 21.6
Both employed, worked part-time 23 4.0 39,193 3.9 203,596 4.1
One employed full-time, one part-time 45 7.9 212,524 21.3 1,086,460 21.7
One employed full-time, other not working 118 20.6 144,839 14.5 749,886 15.0
One employed part-time, other not working 67 11.7 57,595 5.8 302,037 6.0
Both not working 217 37.9 200,661 20.1 1,006,697 20.1
Other (includes away from work) 29 5.1 52,525 5.3 264,145 5.3
Labour force status not stated (by one or both parents in a couple family) 15 2.6 67,574 6.8 311,381 6.2

In Torres Strait Island (R), of couple families with children, 10.1% had both partners employed full-time, 4.0% had both employed part-time and 7.9% had one employed full-time and the other part-time.

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.

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Dwellings

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Dwelling structure

Dwelling tables exclude visitor only and other non-classifiable households

Dwelling count Torres Strait Island (R) % Torres Strait Island (R) Queensland % Queensland Australia % Australia
Occupied private dwellings 982 87.9 1,656,828 89.4 8,286,073 88.8
Unoccupied private dwellings 135 12.1 195,570 10.6 1,039,874 11.2

In Torres Strait Island (R), 87.9% of private dwellings were occupied and 12.1% were unoccupied.

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Dwelling structure
Occupied private dwellings
Torres Strait Island (R) % Torres Strait Island (R) Queensland % Queensland Australia % Australia
Separate house 922 93.9 1,269,653 76.6 6,041,788 72.9
Semi-detached, row or terrace house, townhouse etc 52 5.3 174,984 10.6 1,055,016 12.7
Flat or apartment 8 0.8 186,780 11.3 1,087,434 13.1
Other dwelling 0 0.0 16,809 1.0 64,425 0.8

Of occupied private dwellings in Torres Strait Island (R), 93.9% were separate houses, 5.3% were semi-detached, row or terrace houses, townhouses etc, 0.8% were flats or apartments and 0.0% were other dwellings.

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Number of bedrooms
Occupied private dwellings
Torres Strait Island (R) % Torres Strait Island (R) Queensland % Queensland Australia % Australia
None (includes bedsitters) 8 0.8 8,306 0.5 39,769 0.5
1 bedroom 23 2.3 70,628 4.3 411,252 5.0
2 bedrooms 130 13.1 275,203 16.6 1,562,759 18.9
3 bedrooms 309 31.1 657,978 39.7 3,403,190 41.1
4 or more bedrooms 490 49.3 604,269 36.5 2,670,758 32.2
Number of bedrooms not stated 34 3.4 40,448 2.4 198,351 2.4
Average number of bedrooms per dwelling 3.6 -- 3.2 -- 3.1 --
Average number of people per household 3.8 -- 2.6 -- 2.6 --

In Torres Strait Island (R), of occupied private dwellings 2.3% had 1 bedroom, 13.1% had 2 bedrooms and 31.1% had 3 bedrooms. The average number of bedrooms per occupied private dwelling was 3.6. The average household size was 3.8 people.

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Tenure
Occupied private dwellings
Torres Strait Island (R) % Torres Strait Island (R) Queensland % Queensland Australia % Australia
Owned outright 31 3.1 471,407 28.5 2,565,695 31.0
Owned with a mortgage 0 0.0 558,439 33.7 2,855,222 34.5
Rented 907 91.7 566,478 34.2 2,561,302 30.9
Other tenure type 18 1.8 15,566 0.9 78,994 1.0
Tenure type not stated 33 3.3 44,944 2.7 224,869 2.7

Of occupied private dwellings in Torres Strait Island (R), 3.1% were owned outright, 0.0% were owned with a mortgage and 91.7% were rented.

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Household composition

Household composition Torres Strait Island (R) % Torres Strait Island (R) Queensland % Queensland Australia % Australia
Family households 782 79.2 1,189,859 71.8 5,907,625 71.3
Single (or lone) person households 196 19.9 389,076 23.5 2,023,542 24.4
Group households 9 0.9 77,898 4.7 354,917 4.3

In Torres Strait Island (R), of all households, 79.2% were family households, 19.9% were single person households and 0.9% were group households.

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Household income Torres Strait Island (R) % Torres Strait Island (R) Queensland % Queensland Australia % Australia
Less than $650 gross weekly income -- 32.4 -- 19.5 -- 20.0
More than $3,000 gross weekly income -- 3.2 -- 14.4 -- 16.4

In Torres Strait Island (R), 32.4% of households had a weekly household income of less than $650 and 3.2% of households had a weekly income of more than $3000.

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Mortgage & rent

Proportions are calculated using all tenure types for occupied private dwellings. This excludes visitor only and other non-classifiable households.

Rent weekly payments Torres Strait Island (R) % Torres Strait Island (R) Queensland % Queensland Australia % Australia
Median rent 115 -- 330 -- 335 --
Households where rent payments are less than 30% of household income -- 88.8 -- 87.2 -- 88.5
Households with rent payments greater than or equal to 30% of household income -- 11.2 -- 12.8 -- 11.5

The number of households where rent payments were 30% or more of an imputed income measure are expressed in this table as a proportion of the total number of households in an area (including those households which were not renting, and excluding the small proportion of visitor only and other non-classifiable households). The nature of the income imputation means that the reported proportion may significantly overstate the true proportion.

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Mortgage monthly repayments Torres Strait Island (R) % Torres Strait Island (R) Queensland % Queensland Australia % Australia
Median mortgage repayments 0 -- 1,733 -- 1,755 --
Households where mortgage repayments are less than 30% of household income -- 100.0 -- 93.6 -- 92.8
Households with mortgage repayments greater than or equal to 30% of household income -- 0.0 -- 6.4 -- 7.2

The number of households where mortgage repayments were 30% or more of an imputed income measure are expressed in this table as a proportion of the total number of households in an area (including those households which were renting, and excluding the small proportion of visitor only and other non-classifiable households). The nature of the income imputation means that the reported proportion may significantly overstate the true proportion.

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Number of motor vehicles

Number of registered motor vehicles Torres Strait Island (R) % Torres Strait Island (R) Queensland % Queensland Australia % Australia
None 574 57.7 99,133 6.0 623,829 7.5
1 motor vehicle 287 28.8 566,233 34.2 2,881,485 34.8
2 motor vehicles 74 7.4 620,096 37.4 2,999,184 36.2
3 or more vehicles 21 2.1 315,106 19.0 1,496,382 18.1
Number of motor vehicles not stated 39 3.9 56,263 3.4 285,197 3.4

In Torres Strait Island (R), 28.8% of occupied private dwellings had one registered motor vehicle garaged or parked at their address, 7.4% had two registered motor vehicles and 2.1% had three or more registered motor vehicles.

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Internet connection

Dwelling internet connection Torres Strait Island (R) % Torres Strait Island (R) Queensland % Queensland Australia % Australia
Internet not accessed from dwelling 294 29.7 224,855 13.6 1,172,415 14.1
Internet accessed from dwelling 666 67.2 1,387,499 83.7 6,892,165 83.2
Not stated 31 3.1 44,482 2.7 221,494 2.7

In Torres Strait Island (R), 67.2% of households had at least one person access the internet from the dwelling. This could have been through a desktop/laptop computer, mobile or smart phone, tablet, music or video player, gaming console, smart TV or any other device.

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Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people

selected people & dwelling characteristics

People characteristics

People characteristics
Count based on place of usual residence on Census night.
Torres Strait Island (R) % Torres Strait Island (R) Queensland % Queensland Australia % Australia
Male 2,098 50.6 92,176 49.4 322,171 49.6
Female 2,052 49.4 94,311 50.6 326,996 50.4
Median age 23 -- 22 -- 23 --

In Torres Strait Island (R), 50.6% of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people were male and 49.4% were female. The median age was 23 years.

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Dwelling characteristics

Dwelling tables exclude visitor only and other non-classifiable households. These tables represent occupied private dwellings where at least one Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait islander person was present.

Dwelling characteristics
Occupied private dwellings where at least one person was Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
Torres Strait Island (R) % Torres Strait Island (R) Queensland % Queensland Australia % Australia
Average number of people per household 3.8 -- 3.3 -- 3.2 --
Average number of persons per bedroom 1.1 -- 1 -- 1 --
Median weekly household income 904 -- 1,222 -- 1,203 --

In Torres Strait Island (R), for dwellings occupied by Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people, the average household size was 3.8 persons, with 1.1 persons per bedroom. The median household income was $904.

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Mortgage and rent
Occupied private dwellings where at least one person was Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
Torres Strait Island (R) % Torres Strait Island (R) Queensland % Queensland Australia % Australia
Median weekly rent 120 -- 270 -- 250 --
Median monthly mortgage repayments 0 -- 1,733 -- 1,660 --

In Torres Strait Island (R), for dwellings occupied by Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people, the median weekly rent was $120 and the median monthly mortgage repayment was $0.

View the data quality statements for: Rent weekly payments (RNTD) Mortgage monthly repayments (MRED) Indigenous household Indicator (INGDWTD)

Small random adjustments have been made to all cell values to protect the confidentiality of data. These adjustments may cause the sum of rows or columns to differ by small amounts from the table totals. For further information, go to the User Guide for QuickStats.

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.