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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander profile - Household types

In Cairns, 29% of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander households are made up of couples with children compared with 35% of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander households in Queensland - ATSI.

The household and family structure of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population is one of the most important demographic indicators. It provides insights into the level of demand for services and facilities targeted at particular household types, and the structure of the local indigenous community. Across Australia, indigenous households are more likely to be larger families and one parent families, but this varies from area to area, so it is important to compare to the populations across geographic benchmarks.

Please note that this is a household topic. Households are counted as indigenous if they contain one or more indigenous usual residents present on Census night.

Indigenous households cannot be visitor only or other non-classifiable households, so those categories are excluded from this topic. For that reason, percentage distributions may not match those in the main household types page of profile.id, which includes these categories.

To continue building the story, indigenous household type should be viewed in conjunction with Household Size, Age Structure and Number of Bedrooms .

Derived from the Census question:

‘What is the person’s relationship (to each other person in the household)?’

Households

Household types
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander households - Cairns20112006Change
Households by typeNumber%Queensland - ATSI %Number%Queensland - ATSI %2006 to 2011
Couples with children1,49429.335.11,21433.836.6+280
Couples without children66413.015.746613.014.9+198
One parent families1,73834.129.21,16932.629.0+569
Other families1402.72.5701.92.3+70
Group households2565.05.51895.35.3+67
Lone persons80015.712.248313.511.9+317

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2006 and 2011. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Household types, 2011
Household types, 2011 Lone persons, Queensland - ATSI: 12.2% Group households, Queensland - ATSI: 5.5% Other families, Queensland - ATSI: 2.5% One parent families, Queensland - ATSI: 29.2% Couples without children, Queensland - ATSI: 15.7% Couples with children, Queensland - ATSI: 35.1% Lone persons, Cairns - ATSI: 15.7% Group households, Cairns - ATSI: 5.0% Other families, Cairns - ATSI: 2.7% One parent families, Cairns - ATSI: 34.1% Couples without children, Cairns - ATSI: 13.0% Couples with children, Cairns - ATSI: 29.3%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in household types, 2006 to 2011
Change in household types, 2006 to 2011 Lone persons, Smithfield: +317 Group households, Smithfield: +67 Other families, Smithfield: +70 One parent families, Smithfield: +569 Couples without children, Smithfield: +198 Couples with children, Smithfield: +280
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2006 and 2011 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

Analysis of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander household types in Cairns in 2011 compared to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population in Queensland - ATSI shows that there was a lower proportion of couple families with child(ren) as well as a higher proportion of one-parent families. Overall, 29.3% of total families were couple families with child(ren), and 34.1% were one-parent families, compared with 35.1% and 29.2% respectively for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population in Queensland - ATSI.

There were a higher proportion of lone person households and a lower proportion of couples without children. Overall, the proportion of lone person households was 15.7% compared to 12.2% in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population in Queensland - ATSI while the proportion of couples without children was 13.0% compared to 15.7% in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population in Queensland - ATSI.

Emerging groups

The number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander households in Cairns remained stable 0 between 2006 and 2011.

The largest changes in family/household types of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population in Smithfield between 2006 and 2011 were:

  • One parent families (+569 households)
  • Lone persons (+317 households)
  • Couples with children (+280 households)
  • Couples without children (+198 households)

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