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Indigenous people

Key statistics

These key statistics relate to Indigenous persons in City of Gold Coast as reported by the 2016 Census. Indigenous persons are those who identify as being of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander origin.

Age and sex structure

In 2016, 9283 Indigenous people reported living in City of Gold Coast; 4508 were male and 4775 were female. Indigenous people represent 1.7 per cent of the city's total population.

City of Gold Coast has a large young Indigenous population – 32.8 per cent were aged 14 years or younger, compared with 18.1 per cent for the non-Indigenous population.

There is a very small older Indigenous population, with only 4.3 per cent aged 65 years or over. This is compared with 16.6 per cent of the non-Indigenous Gold Coast population.

Family and living arrangements

A large proportion of Indigenous households were single family households (75.1 per cent). Lone person Indigenous households comprised 11.6 per cent of total Gold Coast households.

On average, Indigenous household size on the Gold Coast was larger than for non-Indigenous households (3.2 persons compared with 2.5 persons respectively).

Less Indigenous households were purchasing their own home, compared to non-Indigenous households (28.3 per cent and 33.8 per cent respectively).

Disability and need for assistance

On the Gold Coast, a higher proportion of Indigenous residents reported a need for assistance with a core activity (6.7 per cent), compared to non-Indigenous residents (5.2 per cent).

12.8 per cent of Indigenous people provided unpaid assistance to a person with a disability, compared to 10.5 per cent of non-Indigenous people.

Voluntary work

A total of 16.4 per cent of Indigenous people volunteered for an organisation or group, compared with 16 per cent of non-Indigenous people.

Education institution

70.3 per cent of Indigenous people attending an educational institution were in pre-school, primary or secondary school - compared to 62.5 per cent of non-Indigenous attendees.

21.9 per cent of Indigenous people attending an educational institution in 2016 were attending university or other tertiary institution - compared to 30.3 per cent of non-Indigenous attendees.


35 per cent of Indigenous persons were earning less than $400 per week – a higher proportion than non-Indigenous persons (29 per cent).

The median weekly household income for Indigenous households was $1477, compared to $1402 for non-Indigenous households.

Further information

If you require further information, please call 07 5581 6208 or email

For more Indigenous statistics visit the Queensland Government Statistician's Office.

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