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WSROC Region

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander profile - Occupations of employment

There are more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people employed as clerical and administrative workers in the WSROC Region than any other occupation.

Occupation statistics quantify the occupations in which the indigenous residents work. The work locations may be within the local area or elsewhere. Only the employed population are counted in the occupation table (those unemployed or not in the labour force don’t have an occupation).

Occupations are broadly classified by education/skill level, with the more highly skilled managerial and professional occupations being at the top of the list, while labourers form the lowest level of the list.

The occupations of the indigenous population will be influenced by the economic base and employment opportunities available in the area, education levels, and the working and social aspirations of the population. When viewed with other indicators, such as Highest Education Attainment and Employment Status, Occupation is a key measure for evaluating WSROC Region's socio-economic status and skill base.

Derived from the two Census questions:

'In the main job held last week, what was the person's occupation?' and 'What are the main tasks that the person himself/herself usually performs in that occupation?'

Persons aged 15 years and over

Occupation of employment
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples - WSROC Region20112006Change
OccupationNumber%New South Wales - ATSI %Number%New South Wales - ATSI %2006 to 2011
Managers4756.67.13165.96.4+159
Professionals86412.113.358210.912.8+282
Technicians and Trades Workers91712.813.271213.313.0+205
Community and Personal Service Workers1,08515.217.477714.515.9+308
Clerical and Administrative Workers1,14716.012.988416.512.6+263
Sales Workers6489.18.94177.88.1+231
Machinery Operators And Drivers86212.18.863111.88.4+231
Labourers93313.115.585215.919.2+81
Inadequately described2183.03.01903.53.7+28

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

Occupation of employment, 2011
Occupation of employment, 2011 Managers, New South Wales - ATSI: 7.1% Professionals, New South Wales - ATSI: 13.3% Technicians and Trades Workers, New South Wales - ATSI: 13.2% Community and Personal Service Workers, New South Wales - ATSI: 17.4% Clerical and Administrative Workers, New South Wales - ATSI: 12.9% Sales Workers, New South Wales - ATSI: 8.9% Machinery Operators And Drivers, New South Wales - ATSI: 8.8% Labourers, New South Wales - ATSI: 15.5% Inadequately described, New South Wales - ATSI: 3.0% Managers, WSROC Region - ATSI: 6.6% Professionals, WSROC Region - ATSI: 12.1% Technicians and Trades Workers, WSROC Region - ATSI: 12.8% Community and Personal Service Workers, WSROC Region - ATSI: 15.2% Clerical and Administrative Workers, WSROC Region - ATSI: 16.0% Sales Workers, WSROC Region - ATSI: 9.1% Machinery Operators And Drivers, WSROC Region - ATSI: 12.1% Labourers, WSROC Region - ATSI: 13.1% Inadequately described, WSROC Region - ATSI: 3.0%
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 occupation of employment, 2006 to 2011
Change in occupation of employment, 2006 to 2011 Managers, WSROC Region: +159 Professionals, WSROC Region: +282 Technicians and Trades Workers, WSROC Region: +205 Community and Personal Service Workers, WSROC Region: +308 Clerical and Administrative Workers, WSROC Region: +263 Sales Workers, WSROC Region: +231 Machinery Operators And Drivers, WSROC Region: +231 Labourers, WSROC Region: +81 Inadequately described, WSROC Region: +28
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

An analysis of the jobs held by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander resident population in WSROC Region in 2011 shows the three most popular occupations were:

  • Clerical and Administrative Workers (1,147 people or 16.0%)
  • Community and Personal Service Workers (1,085 people or 15.2%)
  • Labourers (933 people or 13.1%)

In combination these three occupations accounted for 3,165 people in total or 44.3% of the employed Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander resident population.

The major differences between the occupations held by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population of the WSROC Region and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population of New South Wales - ATSI were:

  • A larger percentage of people employed as Machinery Operators And Drivers (12.1% compared to 8.8%)
  • A larger percentage of people employed as Clerical and Administrative Workers (16.0% compared to 12.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of people employed as Labourers (13.1% compared to 15.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of people employed as Community and Personal Service Workers (15.2% compared to 17.4%)

Emerging groups

The number of employed Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in WSROC Region increased by 1,788 between 2006 and 2011.

The largest changes in the occupations held by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander residents between 2006 and 2011 in the WSROC Region were for those employed as:

  • Community and Personal Service Workers (+308 people)
  • Professionals (+282 people)
  • Clerical and Administrative Workers (+263 people)
  • Sales Workers (+231 people)

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