Queensland Characteristics: A Statistical Division Comparison (Census 2001 Bulletin no. 16)
- Population characteristics
- Indigenous status
- Households and families
- Overseas-born persons
- Language spoken at home
- Non-school qualifications
- Computer and internet use
- Industry and occupation of employment
- Method of travel to work
This bulletin contains comparisons between Queensland statistical divisions and covers information such as population statistics (size and change), computer and internet use, family type, non-school qualifications, and a range of other demographic characteristics. Unless otherwise stated, the data are sourced from the 1996 and 2001 Censuses of Population and Housing conducted by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). Census data in this bulletin are on a place of usual residence basis unless otherwise stated. Data for Undefined Queensland and Off-shore areas and Migratory are not detailed specifically, but are included in the Queensland totals. As such, the sum of statistical division components may not be equivalent to the Queensland total. The South East Queensland region comprises Brisbane and Moreton statistical divisions.
There were 3,522,044 usual residents of Queensland at the time of the 2001 Census of Population and Housing (see Table 1), an increase of 274,681 persons since 1996. Brisbane ’s proportion of the Queensland population increased from 45.4% in 1996 to 45.7% in 2001.
Table 1: Usual resident population, statistical divisions, 1996 and 2001
|Statistical division||Population||Proportion of Queensland|
Figure 1 shows the respective median ages for all statistical divisions at the time of the 2001 Census. Brisbane’s median age was 34.0 years, while the North West recorded the lowest age (29.7 years) and Wide Bay-Burnett the highest age (39.5 years).
Figure 1: Median age, statistical divisions, 2001
In 2001, there were 112,575 usual residents of Queensland who identified themselves as being of Indigenous origin, 3.2% of the total Queensland population (see Table 2). Brisbane contained the largest number of persons who were of Aboriginal origin (22,968) while the Far North contained the largest numbers of persons who were of Torres Strait Islander origin (9,483) and who were of both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander origin (3,608). The North West statistical division contained the largest proportion of Indigenous persons (24.6%).
Table 2: Indigenous persons, statistical divisions, 2001
|Statistical division||Aboriginal||Torres Strait Islander||Both Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander||Total Indigenous|
Table 3 shows the number and type of households for South East Queensland and the rest of Queensland.
In 2001, the number of households in South East Queensland totalled 854,282. Of this number, 617,237 (72.3%) were family households, which was similar to the rest of Queensland where 73.2% of all households were family households.
When compared with the rest of Queensland, the South East had a slightly lower proportion of lone person households (22.8% compared with 23.2%), but a higher proportion of group households (4.9% compared with 3.6%).
Table 3: Household type (a)(b), South East Queensland and the rest of Queensland, 2001
|Household type||South East Qld||Rest of Queensland|
|Couple family with children (c)||275,071||44.6||142,735||45.1|
|Couple family without children (c)||228,901||37.1||120,796||38.1|
|One parent family||101,571||16.5||48,287||15.2|
|Total family households||617,237||72.3||316,691||73.2|
|(a) On an actual location basis.|
|(b) Only household members present on Census night were taken into account in determining household type.|
|(c) Includes same sex couple families.|
Table 4 shows the median monthly housing loan repayment and median weekly rent by statistical division in Queensland. Median monthly housing loan repayments ranged from $617 in Central West to $907 in Moreton. Median weekly rent was lowest in Central West ($82) and highest in Moreton ($176).
Table 4: Median monthly housing loan repayment and median weekly rent, statistical divisions, 2001
|Statistical Division||Median monthly housing loan repayment||Median weekly rent|
|(a) Location of dwelling.|
|(b) Of occupied private dwellings being purchased.|
|(c) Of occupied private dwellings being rented.|
|Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Selected Social and Housing Characteristic, Cat. no. 2015.0|
In 2001, the number of overseas-born usual residents of South East Queensland totalled 480,289 or 20.9% of the total population in the region. Outside South East Queensland, the Far North and Wide Bay-Burnett statistical divisions contained the largest number of overseas-born persons, 15.3% and 10.2% of the total population in these two regions respectively. Of the total population in the rest of Queensland outside these two regions and South East Queensland, 10.1% were born overseas.
Table 5 shows the ten countries which contributed most to South East Queensland’s overseas-born population.
Table 5: Overseas-born persons, South East Queensland’s top ten countries of birth, statistical divisions, 2001
|Country||South East Qld||Wide Bay-Burnett||Far North||Rest of Qld (b)|
|United Kingdom (a)||138,060||6.0||4.3||3.9||3.3|
|Papua New Guinea||8,283||0.4||0.1||0.9||0.3|
|(a) Includes England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, Channel Islands, Isle of Man, and United Kingdom (not further defined).|
|(b) Excludes South East Queensland, and the Wide Bay-Burnett and Far North statistical divisions.|
When compared with the rest of Queensland, South East Queensland contained a much higher proportion of United Kingdom-born persons and persons who were born in New Zealand (see Figure 2). United Kingdom-born persons accounted for 6.0% of the South East Queensland population, but only 3.3% of the rest of Queensland’s population.
Italian-born persons formed a lower proportion of persons in South East Queensland than in the rest of the state.
Figure 2: Proportion of population born overseas by country, for South East Queensland and the rest of Queensland, 2001
Notes: ‘United Kingdom’ includes England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, Channel Islands, Isle of Man, and United Kingdom not further defined.
In 2001, South East Queensland contained 196,237 persons who spoke a language other than English at home, 8.5% of the region’s population. This proportion of persons who spoke another language at home was less than the Far North statistical division figure of 11.4%, which was the highest of all statistical divisions. The South West statistical division contained the lowest proportion who spoke another language at home (0.9%), but was closely followed by the Central West (1.3%).
The top five languages spoken at home in South East Queensland were Chinese (1.4%), Italian (0.6%), Vietnamese (0.6%), German (0.4%) and Greek (0.4%). When compared with the rest of Queensland, the South East contained a higher proportion of persons who spoke these languages, except for Italian (see Figure 3).
Figure 3: Proportion of population who speak a language other than English at home, selected languages, South East Queensland and the rest of Queensland, 2001
Notes: ‘Chinese’ includes Cantonese, Mandarin, Other Chinese Language.
At the time of the 2001 Census, a total of 1,189,280 persons in Queensland, or 43.0% of the population aged 15 years and over, stated that they had obtained a non-school qualification. The Brisbane statistical division contained the highest proportion of persons with non-school qualifications (45.0%), but was closely followed by the Moreton and Far North statistical divisions (44.8% and 44.2% respectively). The South West statistical division contained the lowest proportion of persons with non-school qualifications (33.5% of its population aged 15 years and over) (see Figure 4).
Figure 4: Proportion of population aged 15+ years with a non-school qualification, by statistical division
Notes: Excludes schooling up to Year 12.
The 2001 Census found that 41.3% of the total population enumerated in Queensland (3,585,639 persons, excluding overseas visitors) used a computer in the week preceding the census. The Brisbane statistical division had the highest proportion of computer users (46.0%) in the state. The proportions in all other statistical divisions were lower than the Queensland average. The North West statistical division recorded the lowest rate with only 1 in 4 persons (26.2%) using a computer in the week before the census (see Figure 5).
Figure 5: Computer usage in the week preceding the 2001 Census, statistical divisions
Table 6 shows the number of persons who used the internet in the week preceding the 2001 Census.
Table 6: Internet usage in the week preceding the 2001 Census, statistical divisions
|Statistical division||Persons who used the Internet||Total persons|
Just over one-third (36.1%) of Queensland’s population used the internet in the week before the 2001 Census. This proportion was higher than all of Queensland’s statistical divisions except for Brisbane, which recorded the highest proportion of persons who used the internet (41.3%). The South West statistical division recorded the lowest proportion with just under 1 in 4 persons using the internet in the week before the census.
A total of 1,029,673 persons were employed in South East Queensland at the time of the 2001 census. Over a quarter of this number (272,209 persons or 26.4%) were employed in the ‘Retail, Wholesale and Accommodation’ industry, which made it the largest South East Queensland industry by number of employees. A further 251,024 persons (24.4%) were employed in the ‘Manufacturing, Construction and Utilities’ industries.
When compared with the rest of Queensland, the South East contained a higher proportion of employed persons in the industries of ‘Retail, Wholesale and Accommodation’, ‘Manufacturing, Construction and Utilities’, ‘Property, Finance and Communications’ and ‘Cultural, Recreational and Personal’ (see Figure 6). The ‘Government, Education and Health’ industry was underrepresented in South East Queensland with 21.7% of employed persons being in this industry compared with 22.6% for the rest of Queensland. The rest of Queensland contained a much higher proportion of persons who worked in ‘Primary Industries including Mining’ than in South East Queensland (13.9% compared with 2.1%).
Figure 6: Employment by industry, South East Queensland and rest of Queensland, 2001
Notes: ‘Retail, Wholesale & Accommodation’ includes ‘Retail Trade’, ‘Wholesale Trade’ and ‘Accommodation, Cafes and Restaurants’. ‘Primary Industries including Mining’ includes 'Agriculture, Forestry & Fishing’, and ‘Mining’. ‘Manufacturing, Construction & Utilities’ includes ‘Manufacturing’, ‘Electricity, Gas & Water Supply’, ‘Construction’, and ‘Transport & Storage’. ‘Property, Finance & Communications’ includes ‘Communication Services’, ‘Finance & Insurance’ and ‘Property & Business Services’. ‘Government, Education & Health’, includes ‘Government Administration and Defence’, ‘Education’ and ‘Health & Community Services’. ‘Cultural, Recreational & Personal Services’ includes ‘Cultural & Recreational Services’ and ‘Personal & Other Services’.
Across Queensland, the North West statistical division contained the lowest proportion of employed persons who stated they had an occupation as a Manager or a Professional (29.9%). The South West statistical division recorded the highest proportion of employed persons with this occupation (41.3%), followed by Central West with 39.7% (see Figure 7). Moreton contained the highest proportion of persons who stated they had an occupation in clerical sales and service (32.6%), but was closely followed by Brisbane statistical division with 32.2%. The North West statistical division contained the highest proportion of trades and labourers (46.9%).
Figure 7: Employment by occupation, statistical divisions, 2001
Notes: ‘Management & Professionals’ includes 'Managers & Administrators’, ‘Professionals’ and ‘Associate Professionals’. ‘Trades & Labourers’ includes ‘Tradespersons & Related Workers’, ‘Intermediate Production & Transport Workers’ and ‘Labourers & Related Workers’. ‘Clerical, Sales & Service’ includes ‘Advanced Clerical & Service Workers’, ‘Intermediate Clerical, Sales & Service Workers’ and ‘Elementary Clerical, Sales & Service Workers’.
The most popular method of travel to work by the 1,033,204 employed persons enumerated in South East Queensland (excluding overseas visitors), was by car (either as a driver or as a passenger) (see Figure 8). There were 677,269 persons who used this method of travel, 65.6% of the total number of employed persons.
Figure 8: Method of travel to work, selected methods, South East Queensland and rest of Queensland, 2001
Last reviewed 1 July 2008