Wollongong

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2021 Census Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people QuickStats
Geography type Local Government Areas
Area code LGA18450
Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people 6,945
Male 49.2%
Female 50.8%
Median age 23
Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander families 2,726
Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander households 3,543
Average number of people per household 3
Median weekly household income $1,602
Median monthly mortgage repayments $2,167
Median weekly rent (a) $360

(a) This label has been updated to more accurately reflect the Census concept shown in this data item. The data has not changed.
(b) For 2021, median weekly rent calculations exclude dwellings being occupied rent-free.

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People and population

Indigenous status
All people
Wollongong % Wollongong New South Wales % New South Wales Australia % Australia
Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander total 6,945 3.2 278,043 3.4 812,728 3.2
Aboriginal 6,704 3.1 267,067 3.3 742,882 2.9
Torres Strait Islander 129 0.1 5,127 0.1 33,765 0.1
Both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander 111 0.1 5,844 0.1 36,083 0.1
Non-Indigenous 199,630 93.0 7,404,499 91.7 23,375,949 91.9
Not stated 7,990 3.7 389,616 4.8 1,234,112 4.9

More information on Place of Usual Residence (PURP), Indigenous status (INGP)
Table based on place of usual residence

Age
Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people
Wollongong % Wollongong New South Wales % New South Wales Australia % Australia
Median age 23 N/A 23 N/A 24 N/A
0-4 years 749 10.8 30,241 10.9 85,941 10.6
5-14 years 1,463 21.1 62,324 22.4 179,604 22.1
15-24 years 1,410 20.3 51,501 18.5 150,057 18.5
25-34 years 982 14.1 38,615 13.9 117,969 14.5
35-44 years 717 10.3 28,167 10.1 87,910 10.8
45-54 years 675 9.7 27,429 9.9 81,802 10.1
55-64 years 543 7.8 21,794 7.8 61,759 7.6
65 years and over 407 5.9 17,973 6.5 47,677 5.9

More information on Age (AGEP)
Table based on place of usual residence

Registered marital status
Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people aged 15 years and over
Wollongong % Wollongong New South Wales % New South Wales Australia % Australia
Married 1,125 23.8 43,039 23.2 127,525 23.3
Separated 185 3.9 8,396 4.5 23,982 4.4
Divorced 342 7.2 14,070 7.6 37,473 6.8
Widowed 116 2.4 5,314 2.9 16,329 3.0
Never married 2,971 62.7 114,656 61.8 341,871 62.5

Note: In December 2017, amendments to the Marriage Act 1961 came into effect enabling marriage equality for all couples. For 2021, registered marriages include all couples.

More information on Registered marital status (MSTP)
Table based on place of usual residence

Social marital status
Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people aged 15 years and over, usually resident and present in the household on Census night
Wollongong % Wollongong New South Wales % New South Wales Australia % Australia
Registered marriage (a) 1,084 24.3 40,143 23.6 112,643 23.0
De facto marriage (b) 665 14.9 26,796 15.8 81,295 16.6
Not married 2,716 60.9 102,951 60.6 296,032 60.4

(a) In December 2017, amendments to the Marriage Act 1961 came into effect enabling marriage equality for all couples. For 2021, registered marriages include all couples.
(b) De facto marriage is when two people live together as partners who are not in a registered marriage. It includes people who report de facto, partner, common law husband/wife/spouse, lover, girlfriend or boyfriend.

More information on Social marital status (MDCP)
Table based on place of usual residence

Education

Type of educational institution attending
Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people attending an educational institution
Wollongong % Wollongong New South Wales % New South Wales Australia % Australia
Preschool 274 10.0 10,714 9.6 25,485 8.0
Primary 974 35.5 42,010 37.6 120,864 37.9
Secondary 717 26.1 29,355 26.2 83,631 26.2
Tertiary - Vocational education (including TAFE and private training providers) 260 9.5 9,856 8.8 21,273 6.7
Tertiary - University or higher education 350 12.8 7,490 6.7 21,149 6.6
Other 41 1.5 1,736 1.6 7,310 2.3
Not stated 128 4.7 10,664 9.5 38,814 12.2

More information Type of educational institution attending (TYPP)
Table based on place of usual residence

Cultural diversity

Australian Indigenous language, top responses
Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people
Wollongong % Wollongong New South Wales % New South Wales Australia % Australia
Other Australian Indigenous Languages, nec 14 0.2 939 0.3 2,863 0.4
Australian Indigenous Languages, nfd 12 0.2 804 0.3 4,197 0.5
Wiradjuri 9 0.1 1,151 0.4 1,479 0.2
Bandjalang 8 0.1 363 0.1 443 0.1
Gamilaraay 6 0.1 779 0.3 1,039 0.1
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Australian Indigenous languages used at home 68 1.0 5,196 1.9 76,978 9.5
English only used at home 6,640 95.6 259,148 93.2 683,122 84.1
Ancestry, top responses
Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people
Wollongong % Wollongong New South Wales % New South Wales Australia % Australia
Australian Aboriginal 6,161 88.7 242,826 87.3 695,359 85.6
Australian 2,918 42.0 111,896 40.2 277,467 34.1
English 1,332 19.2 52,059 18.7 131,618 16.2
Irish 378 5.4 12,357 4.4 31,853 3.9
Scottish 353 5.1 9,392 3.4 24,549 3.0

Note 1: 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 sum of all ancestry responses for an area will not equal the total number of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people in the area.
Note 2: Calculated percentages represent a proportion of the number of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people in the area (including those who did not state an ancestry).In 2016 QuickStats percentages were based on total number of responses and will not be comparable to this table.

More information on Ancestry multi response (ANCP)
Table based on place of usual residence

Income and work

Median weekly incomes (a)
Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people aged 15 years and over
Wollongong % Wollongong New South Wales % New South Wales Australia % Australia
Personal (b) 605 N/A 600 N/A 540 N/A
Family (c) 1,753 N/A 1,636 N/A 1,527 N/A
Household (d) 1,602 N/A 1,558 N/A 1,507 N/A

(a) Incomes are collected in ranges. The medians are then calculated using information from the Survey of Income and Housing.
(b) Excludes people aged 15 years and over who did not state their income.
(c) Excludes families where at least one family member aged 15 years and over did not state their income.
(d) Excludes households where at least one household member aged 15 years and over did not state their income.

More information on Total personal income (weekly) (INCP), Total family income (weekly) (FINF), Total household income (weekly) (HIND), Indigenous household indicator (INGDWTD), Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander family indicator (INGF)
Personal income data is based on place of usual residence
Family and household income data is based on place of enumeration

Unpaid work and care

Unpaid work and care
Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people aged 15 years and over
Wollongong % Wollongong New South Wales % New South Wales Australia % Australia
Did unpaid domestic work (week before Census Night) 3,052 64.5 110,089 59.4 328,022 59.9
Provided unpaid care for child/children (during two weeks before Census Night) 1,296 27.4 53,152 28.7 166,628 30.5
Provided unpaid assistance to a person with a disability, health condition or due to old age (during two weeks before Census Night) 708 14.9 27,147 14.6 76,568 14.0
Did voluntary work through an organisation or group (last 12 months) 515 10.9 19,979 10.8 58,029 10.6

Health

Type of long-term health condition
Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people
Wollongong % Wollongong New South Wales % New South Wales Australia % Australia
Arthritis 553 8.0 20,559 7.4 50,807 6.3
Asthma 1,085 15.6 42,047 15.1 107,162 13.2
Cancer (including remission) 148 2.1 5,090 1.8 12,927 1.6
Dementia (including Alzheimer's) 27 0.4 1,168 0.4 3,610 0.4
Diabetes (excluding gestational diabetes) 296 4.3 15,018 5.4 47,688 5.9
Heart disease (including heart attack or angina) 212 3.1 9,917 3.6 30,160 3.7
Kidney disease 65 0.9 3,298 1.2 10,053 1.2
Lung condition (including COPD or emphysema) 192 2.8 7,101 2.6 17,552 2.2
Mental health condition (including depression or anxiety) 1,203 17.3 42,533 15.3 107,776 13.3
Stroke 72 1.0 2,577 0.9 7,059 0.9
Any other long-term health condition(s) 730 10.5 25,483 9.2 70,592 8.7
No long-term health condition(s) 3,859 55.6 151,423 54.5 462,348 56.9
Not stated 361 5.2 20,971 7.5 65,539 8.1

Note 1: Measures the number of people who reported that they have been told by a doctor or nurse that they have any of these long-term health conditions.
Note 2: Respondents had the option of reporting multiple long-term health conditions. Therefore, the sum of all long-term health condition responses for an area will not equal the total number of people in the area.
Note 3: Calculated percentages represent a proportion of the number of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people in the area (including those who did not answer the long-term health conditions question).

More information on Type of long-term health condition (LTHP)
Table based on place of usual residence

Count of selected long-term health conditions
Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people
Wollongong % Wollongong New South Wales % New South Wales Australia % Australia
None of the selected conditions 4,154 59.8 161,915 58.2 493,110 60.7
One condition 1,553 22.4 61,953 22.3 167,204 20.6
Two conditions 546 7.9 20,494 7.4 54,174 6.7
Three or more conditions 332 4.8 12,706 4.6 32,701 4.0
Not stated 361 5.2 20,971 7.5 65,539 8.1

Note: Selected long-term health conditions include arthritis, asthma, cancer (including remission), dementia (including Alzheimer's), diabetes (excluding gestational diabetes), heart disease (including heart attack or angina), kidney disease, lung condition (including COPD or emphysema), mental health condition (including depression or anxiety) and stroke. Other long-term health conditions are not included in this count.

More information on Count of selected long-term health conditions (CLTHP)
Table based on place of usual residence

Housing

Dwelling characteristics
Occupied private dwellings (excl. visitor only households and other non-classifiable households) where at least one person was Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
Wollongong % Wollongong New South Wales % New South Wales Australia % Australia
Number of dwellings requiring one or more extra bedroom(s) (a) 229 6.5 9,059 7.1 31,268 8.9
Average number of people per household 3 N/A 3.1 N/A 3.1 N/A
Average number of persons per bedroom 1 N/A 1 N/A 1 N/A
Average number of registered motor vehicles per dwelling 1.8 N/A 1.9 N/A 1.9 N/A

(a) The Canadian National Occupancy Standard for Housing Appropriateness is used to determine whether there are enough bedrooms in the dwelling for the usual residents. See Housing suitability information below for more details.

More information on Number of bedrooms in private dwelling (BEDD), Household composition (HHCD), Indigenous household indicator (INGDWTD), Housing suitability (HOSD)
Table based on place of enumeration

Mortgage and Rent
Occupied private dwellings (excl. visitor only households and other non-classifiable households) where at least one person was Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
Wollongong % Wollongong New South Wales % New South Wales Australia % Australia
Median weekly rent (a) $360 N/A $340 N/A $300 N/A
Median monthly mortgage repayments $2,167 N/A $1,755 N/A $1,721 N/A

(a) Median rent calculations exclude dwellings being occupied rent-free, this is not comparable to 2016 QuickStats data.

More information on Rent (weekly) dollar values (RNTD), Mortgage repayments (monthly) dollar values (MRED), Indigenous household indicator (INGDWTD)
Table based on place of enumeration

Family household composition
Occupied private dwellings (excl. visitor only households and other non-classifiable households) where at least one person was Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
Wollongong % Wollongong New South Wales % New South Wales Australia % Australia
One family household: Couple family with no children 635 17.9 23,297 18.2 62,751 17.8
One family household: Couple family with children 1,071 30.2 38,705 30.2 104,435 29.7
One family household: One parent family 845 23.8 31,924 24.9 86,135 24.5
One family household: Other family 47 1.3 2,314 1.8 7,040 2.0
Multiple family household: Couple family with no children 26 0.7 784 0.6 2,130 0.6
Multiple family household: Couple family with children 46 1.3 2,040 1.6 6,813 1.9
Multiple family household: One parent family 61 1.7 2,759 2.2 8,606 2.4
Multiple family household: Other family 0 0.0 84 0.1 412 0.1
Other household 808 22.8 26,407 20.6 73,717 20.9

Note: This table counts the types of families within family households at the dwelling level. In multiple family households, only the family composition of the primary family is recorded. Other household includes lone person households and group households.

More information on Family household composition (dwelling) (HCFMD)
Table based on place of enumeration

Dwelling structure
Occupied private dwellings where at least one person was Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
Wollongong % Wollongong New South Wales % New South Wales Australia % Australia
Separate house 2,468 69.7 102,340 79.8 281,729 80.0
Semi-detached, row or terrace house, townhouse etc. 471 13.3 12,581 9.8 38,396 10.9
Flat or apartment 563 15.9 12,013 9.4 27,919 7.9
Other dwelling 37 1.0 1,018 0.8 2,861 0.8

More information on Dwelling structure (STRD)
Table based on place of enumeration

Tenure type
Occupied private dwellings (excl. visitor only households and other non-classifiable households) where at least one person was Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
Wollongong % Wollongong New South Wales % New South Wales Australia % Australia
Owned outright 498 14.1 20,418 15.9 48,452 13.8
Owned with a mortgage (a) 1,013 28.6 36,603 28.5 96,647 27.5
Rented (b) 1,922 54.2 66,587 51.9 192,703 54.7
Other (c) 47 1.3 1,837 1.4 5,582 1.6
Not stated 53 1.5 2,878 2.2 8,652 2.5

(a) Includes dwellings purchased under a shared equity scheme.
(b) Excludes dwellings being occupied rent-free, this is not comparable to 2016 QuickStats data.
(c) Comprises dwellings occupied rent-free, occupied under a life tenure scheme and other tenure type

More information on Tenure type (TEND)
Table based on place of enumeration

Please note that there are small random adjustments 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 table totals.