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December 13, 2017

Major Findings from the Census

The 2016 Census was the largest in Australian history, and the results have come in during October showing manyinteresting details about where our country, and Queensland is headed.

South East Queensland housed 71.1% of the state’s population and provided 69.5% of the state’s jobs in 2016.  Housing statistics show a decrease of more than 32% of people who have paid off their mortgages (since 2011). There has been a shift towards renting, with nearly 31% now paying a landlord, up from just under 30% five years ago and 27% in 1991.

The Census shows that the average weekly income is now $662, up from $577 in 2011. Weekly household wage growth rose to $1,438 at a 16.5% increase.

In employment data, one in five men in Australia has a job as a tradesman or technician, however the workforce has created 23% more bar attendants and baristas.4/5 employed Australians work in either health care, education or retail.

The top jobs for women are sales assistants, nurses, clerks and receptionists. The top jobs for men are in the IT industry, cafes and restaurants, supermarkets and road transport.

Construction jobs grew by 10% in five years with only 0.5 % growth in mining jobs.Manufacturing has taken a mass downfall in Australia, with over 25% of all manufacturing jobs disappearing. Reasons for this decline include the high value of the Australian dollar, and the rise of manufacturing in Asia and the globalisation of trade.

Since the last census in 2011, Australia’s population has increased by nearly two million, with the Australian Capital Territory experienced the largest population growth of 11%.