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New 2011 Census data reveals more about South Australia

30 October 2012 | SA/48

New data from the 2011 Census of Population and Housing announced by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) today has added to the snapshot of South Australia revealed by the release of initial Census results in June.

ABS South Australia Regional Director Dean Bowley said the latest release of 2011 Census data marked an important time for the ABS, Australia, and South Australia.

“2011 Census data released earlier this year has already shed some light on who we are as a nation and a state, and where we live,” Mr Bowley said.

“The latest tranche of Census data now paints a picture of what we do and how we live, helping to further shape South Australia over the next five years, and providing a brighter future for our state.

“In particular, Census data provides a valuable insight into the growth and development of South Australia, our people and our workforce.”

Today’s second Census release provides data on the following topics at all geographic levels, from Australia and states and territories, to capital cities and suburbs:
  • Labour force as reported
  • Hours worked
  • Industry and occupation
  • Method of travel to work
  • Highest level of education and fields of study
  • Place of work
  • State and territory migration.

Mr Bowley encouraged everyone to make use of Australia’s richest statistical resource, which provides a comprehensive snapshot of South Australia and all areas within it.

“Census data is available free online and can be used for a wide range of purposes. Our range of new, easy-to-use tools, including QuickStats, makes searching Census data quick and easy,” he said.

Data from the 2011 Census of Population and Housing is now available on the ABS website. Visit www.abs.gov.au/census.

Key second release Census data for South Australia is detailed below.

2011 Census of Population and Housing second release data – South Australia

Labour force and hours worked

The latest figures show South Australia’s total labour force consisted of 784,328 people aged 15 years and over at the time of the last Census on 9 August 2011, an increase of 56,254 people from 728,074 in 2006.

More than half (56.7 per cent) of South Australia’s labour force reported being employed full-time, with 65.2 per cent of this workforce male. In comparison, of the 31.6 per cent of South Australia’s labour force who reported being employed part-time, 68.3 per cent were female, a drop from 69.6 per cent in 2006.

In 2011, more than one third (35.6 per cent) of the population aged 15 years and over reported not being in the labour force compared to 35.8 per cent in 2006. This represented an increase of 24,609 people who included retirees, students, and stay at home parents.

The proportion of people who reported being unemployed and looking for work was 3.4 per cent in 2011, compared to 3.1 per cent in 2006, an increase of 6,793 people.

There has also been a decline in the proportion of people who reported working 40 hours or more the week before Census night, from 42.8 per cent in 2006, to 40.4 per cent in 2011, a decrease of 2.4 percentage points.

Industry

Consistent with the national trend, South Australia has experienced a shift in its primary employment industry, with more people now reporting employment as doctors, nurses, dentists, physiotherapists, child care workers and aged care providers in the Health Care and Social Assistance industry than in the traditional Manufacturing industry.

The South Australia Health Care and Social Assistance industry accounts for 13.6 per cent of the State’s employment, an increase of 1.1 percentage points since 2006, while Manufacturing, which was the primary employment industry in South Australia in 2006, is now the third most reported industry of employment. It accounted for 10.5 per cent in 2011, a 2.3 percentage point decrease since 2006.

Retail Trade (11.2 per cent) was the second most reported industry of employment in South Australia in 2011.

Occupation

In terms of occupation, the South Australian population was still working in the same top five occupations as in 2006: Professionals (19.6 per cent); Clerical and Administrative Workers (14.4 per cent); Technicians and Trades Workers (14.1 per cent); Managers (12.6 per cent); and Labourers (11.1 per cent).

However, Professionals showed the largest proportionate increase since 2006, from 18.4 per cent to 19.9 per cent, reflecting a faster rate of growth compared to other occupations. There was a slight decline in the proportion of people reporting the occupations of Clerical and Administrative Workers, Technicians and Trades Workers, Managers and Labourers.

Of those who reported working as Technicians and Trades Workers, 84.3 per cent were males, while 76.9 per cent of those who reported their occupation as Clerical and Administrative Workers were females.

Method of travel to work

The latest Census data further revealed that people in South Australia still prefer to travel to work by car than any other means, with 69.1 per cent of the population reporting this as their primary method of travel to work (either as the driver or passenger).

There has also been a small decline in the proportion of people who choose to walk to work, with only 3.2 per cent of people in 2011 compared to 3.6 per cent in 2006, reflecting a slower rate of growth compared to other methods of travel.

Highest level of education

Turning to education, there has been an increase in the proportion of people in South Australia undertaking additional studies, with increases in the number of people who reported completing Postgraduate and Bachelor Degrees, Graduate Diplomas and Graduate Certificates, Advanced Diplomas and Diplomas, and Certificates III/IV.

In 2011, there was a significant increase in number of people who reported completing a Postgraduate Degree. This increased from 22,896 in 2006 to 36,000 in 2011.

There was significant growth in those who reported completing a Bachelor Degree as their highest level of education, from 120,978 in 2006 to 152,187 in 2011.

There has also been significant increase in number of those who reported completing a Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate as their highest level of education. This increased from 16,099 in 2006 to 20,273 in 2011.

Fields of study

Engineering and Related Technologies (16.8 per cent) and Management and Commerce (16.2 per cent) were the two most common reported fields of study, as they were in 2006.

There has been an increase in the number of people who reported Engineering and Related Technologies, from 106,747 in 2006 to 114,301 in 2011, and Management and Commerce, from 85,445 in 2006 to 110,386 in 2011, as their field of study.

Society and Culture (11 per cent), Health (10.8 per cent) and Education (7.3 per cent) were the other most commonly reported fields of study in South Australia.

State and territory migration

Internal migration is the movement of people from one place of residence to another within Australia. These figures are traditionally used for infrastructure and community planning.

The latest figures from the 2011 Census have shown a continued decline in the proportion of people in South Australia who moved within the state in the five years prior to Census night. This is consistent with the national trend.

There has been continued gradual growth in the number of people who maintain their usual address in the five years prior to Census night in the state.

The proportion of people who has moved to South Australia in the five years prior to Census night from interstate has decreased to 9.3 per cent, and the proportion of people moving to South Australia from overseas has jumped markedly from 8.9 per cent in 2006 to 13.8 per cent in 2011.

Of the South Australian residents who moved in the year prior to the 2011 Census, most moved within the State (81.4 per cent) while 8.2 per cent of people had moved to South Australia from overseas in the year prior to 2011.

The Census collects information on where people lived, one year ago and five years ago prior to Census night. This information only reflects movements which coincide with these particular points in time, even though there may have been multiple movements during this period.

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