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Statistics for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples

Key statistics

These key statistics relate to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples on the Gold Coast.

Age and sex structure

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) 2016 Census of Population and Housing:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander residents represented 1.7 per cent (or 9283 persons) of the city's total population – 48.6 per cent (or 4,508 persons) were male and 51.4 per cent (or 4775 persons) were female.
  • There was a lower proportion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander persons in Gold Coast City (1.7 per cent) than Queensland (4 per cent).
  • On average, Gold Coast Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander residents are younger than non-Indigenous residents. Almost one third (32.8 per cent) of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander residents were aged 0-14 years, compared with one-fifth (18.1 per cent) of non-Indigenous residents.
  • 4.3 per cent of Gold Coast Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander residents were aged 65 years and over, compared with 16.6 per cent of non-Indigenous residents.

Family and living arrangements

  • A large proportion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander households were single family households (75.1 per cent).
  • Lone person Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander households comprised 11.6 per cent of total Gold Coast households.
  • On average, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander household size on the Gold Coast was larger than non-Indigenous households (3.2 persons compared with 2.5 persons respectively).
  • Less Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander households were purchasing their own home, compared with 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 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander 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 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander persons provided unpaid assistance to a person with a disability, compared with 10.5 per cent of non-Indigenous people.

Voluntary work

  • 16.4 per cent of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander residents volunteered for an organisation or group, compared with 16 per cent of non-Indigenous residents.

Education institution

  • 70.3 per cent of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander residents attending an educational institution were in pre-school, primary or secondary school - compared to 62.5 per cent of non-Indigenous residents.
  • 21.9 per cent of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander residents attending an educational institution in 2016 were attending university or other tertiary institution - compared to 30.3 per cent of non-Indigenous residents.

Income

  • 35 per cent of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander persons were earning less than $400 per week which is a higher proportion than non-Indigenous persons (29 per cent).
  • The median weekly household income for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander households was $1477, compared with $1402 for non-Indigenous households.

Further information

If you require further information, please call 07 5581 6208 or email liveable@goldcoast.qld.gov.au.

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

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