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ABS 2016 Census insights highlight Australia’s increasing diversity


The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) first Census data will be released on Tuesday, 27 June 2017 which will include datasets for all national, state/territory and capital cities, along with datasets for small population groups and small geographic areas such as suburbs and Local Government Areas. What it reveals is that there’s nothing ‘typical’ about Australians at all!

ABS revealed the first insights from the 2016 Census of Population and Housing, highlighting Australia’s increasing diversity through key characteristics that make the ‘typical’ Australian in 2016.

The 2016 Census has showed the ‘typical’ Australian female is 38 years old who was born in Australia, and is of English ancestry. She is married and lives in a couple family with two children and has completed high school. She lives in a house with three bedrooms and two motor vehicles.

The ‘typical’ Australian male is 37 years old – a year younger than the ‘typical’ female – and spends less than five hours a week on domestic work, while the ‘typical’ female spends between five and 14 hours a week on domestic work.

Although our ‘typical’ Australian has both parents born in Australia, the ‘typical’ Australian in New South Wales, Victoria, and Western Australia has at least one parent who was born overseas.

Reflecting Australia’s growing diversity, in 2016, the ‘typical’ migrant in New South Wales was born in China, is female and is 44 years old. A decade ago, the ‘typical’ migrant in New South Wales was a 45 year old female born in England

Meanwhile, the ‘typical’ migrant in Victoria was born in India. In 2011, the ‘typical’ migrant in Victoria was born in England. And like the ‘typical’ Victorian, she speaks English at home, and is 43 years old – two years younger than in 2011 and four years younger than in 2006.

The information released is just a glimpse of what can be expected when 2016 Census data is released in June, thanks to the participation of Australians in last year’s Census. The June release will follow the completion of the ABS’ usual data quality assurance process and the Census Independent Assurance Panel’s quality assurance work.

The Census is Australia’s richest data source, giving insight into Australian life, showing how our local communities and nation have changed over time, and helping governments, business and communities plan for the future. It provides the most comprehensive information about regional areas and small population groups, which helps inform government funding decision-making, policy development and service delivery.

All ‘typical’ Australia profiles, including states and territories are available from the ABS website.

Further information on the release schedule of the 2016 Census is also available from the ABS website.


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