Census preview reveals ‘average’ Australian

    The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has released a preview of data from the 2016 Census of Population including some of the traits and characteristics that represented the ‘typical’ Aussie in 2016.

    The ‘typical’ Australian, according to the Census, is a 38 year old female, born in Australia.  While this typical Aussie has English ancestry, both her parents were also born in Australia. She is married with two children, and has a secondary education.  The house she lives in is mortgaged, has three bedrooms, and two vehicles in the driveway.

    At first glance, the average Aussie joe (or sheila) appears to portray a fairly two-dimensional view of Australia, however the diversity of our community is still highly visible in the results. ABS reports that ‘at least one’ of the parents of a typical Australian living in Victoria or New South Wales were born overseas. While on aggregate the country of origin of the typical migrant has not changed (with those born in England leading the list of immigrants), in New South Wales the average migrant is Chinese, while in Queensland they are typically from New Zealand, and in Victoria they are most likely to be from India.

    Obviously the information contained in this preview is comprised solely of what the ABS has chosen to provide – they have been able to highlight and exclude insights from the data. In itself, this curation by the ABS makes for some interesting insights:

    • They have highlighted that the ‘typical’ Australian female spends between five and 14 hours per week on unpaid domestic work, while the typical Australian male spends less than five hours per week on the same activity.
    • They have pointed out that in 2016, the typical Australian home is owned with a mortgage, a far cry from a decade ago, when the typical Australian home was owned outright.

    This release precedes the first main data release from the 2016 Census expected in late June 2017, followed by a second release of data to occur in October 2017[1]. If you would like us to provide you with an update and analysis of the Census results once they become available, please click here.

    Data: http://www.abs.gov.au/websitedbs/D3310114.nsf/home/2016+Census+National

    [1]http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/Lookup/by%20Subject/2008.0~2016~Main%20Features~Topic%20release%20schedule~140