Statistics for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Peoples

Key statistics

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

Age & 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% (or 9283 persons) of the city's total population – 48.6% (or 4508 persons) were male and 51.4% (or 4775 persons) were female.
  • There was a lower proportion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander persons in City of Gold Coast (1.7%) than Queensland (4%).
  • On average, Gold Coast Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander residents are younger than non-Indigenous residents. Almost one third (32.8%) of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander residents were aged 0-14 years, compared with one-fifth (18.1%) of non-Indigenous residents.
  • 4.3% of Gold Coast Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander residents were aged 65 years and over, compared with 16.6% of non-Indigenous residents.

Family & living arrangements

  • A large proportion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander households were single family households (75.1%).
  • Lone person Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander households comprised 11.6% 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% and 33.8%).

Disability & 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%), compared to non-Indigenous residents (5.2%).
  • 12.8% of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander persons provided unpaid assistance to a person with a disability, compared with 10.5% of non-Indigenous people.

Voluntary work

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

Education institution

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

Income

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

Further information

The next Census will be conducted by the ABS in August 2021.

View an interactive map showing key statistics about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people on the Gold Coast.

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.