Results from bungled census to be released


The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has released the first data from the 2016 Census.

The 2016 Census figures also showed a significant drop in the number of Australians (57.7 per cent) who still identified as Christian amid a long-term trend of falling religious affiliation.

The pulse also revealed Australia is still an English speaking country, with 72.7 percent of people who said they spoke only English at home.

More than a quarter of our residents (26.3 per cent) are now born overseas, and for the first time in our history, the majority of people born abroad are from Asia, not Europe.

One of the more alarming figures to emerge is the rate at which rent is increasing... growing nearly 3 per cent faster than the national weekly income for the average Aussie.

England tied with India for the most common country of birth outside Australia, with both countries accounting for 2.9 per cent of Victoria s population, official data said.

More Australians are identifying as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, with 2.8 per cent in 2016 compared with 2.5 per cent in 2011.

The median age of Hawkesbury residents rose from 36 (2011) to 38 (2016).

National peak volunteer body, Volunteering Australia said that while the census data was encouraging, it warned that it may not necessarily be indicative of the narrative of Australian volunteering activity as the volunteer question had remained unchanged for the past three censuses.

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The second reason why we shouldn't be surprised by the changes in people identifying as "No religion" since 2011 must be the impact of years of revelations about child sexual abuse in churches in the Hunter, and particularly the Catholic and Anglican churches.

The national headcount puts Australia's population at 23.4 million, with 2.3 million people in WA.

The average age of these couples is 40, and previous year ANZ predicted 37,000 to 38,000 might marry if they could.

In 2016 a total of 2,089,633 Australian households rented privately, either from real estate agents or private landlords.

Despite the drop, the result will most likely see the UCA maintain its position as the third largest Christian grouping in Australia and the third largest religious grouping overall.

This will create more strain on current infrastructure and government spending but it also means more hands contributing towards the Australian economy's progress. Fewer than 1 per cent were obviously invalid, being things such as "curse words, titles or phrases".

Young adults aged 18-34 were more likely to be affiliated with religions other than Christianity (12 per cent) and to report not having a religion (39 per cent) than other adult age groups.

The panel reported that the 2016 Census is "of comparable quality to 2006 and 2011 and comparable collections internationally".

Estimates of the size of the indigenous population before Europeans arrived in Australia in 1788 range from 315,000 to more than one million people.