2075.0 - Census of Population and Housing - Counts of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, 2016  
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2016 CENSUS COUNTS — TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER PEOPLE

In the 2016 Census, 59,116 people identified as being of Torres Strait Islander origin (including people identified as being both Torres Strait Islander and Aboriginal origin). Of these, almost two-thirds (64%) lived in Queensland. All states, with the exception of South Australia, experienced a growth in the number of persons identifying as Torres Strait Islander. Western Australia experienced the greatest growth - up from 2,608 persons in 2011 to 3,055 in 2016, representing a 17% increase. As a proportion of total State/Territory populations, the distribution of people who identified as Torres Strait Islander has remained stable in all of the States/Territories except for the Northern Territory, where the proportion has increased from 1.0% to 1.1%.


Census Counts(a) — Torres Strait Islander persons(b) by State/Territory, 2011 and 2016


2011
2016

State/Territory
Count of Persons
Proportion of
Persons (%)
Proportion of
State/Territory (%)
Count of Persons
Proportion of
Persons (%)
Proportion of
State/Territory (%)

New South Wales
8 011
15.2
0.1
8 923
15.1
0.1
Victoria
3 044
5.8
0.1
3 197
5.4
0.1
Queensland
32 929
62.6
0.8
37 540
63.5
0.8
South Australia
1 599
3.0
0.1
1 570
2.7
0.1
Western Australia
2 608
5.0
0.1
3 055
5.2
0.1
Tasmania
1 886
3.6
0.4
2 004
3.4
0.4
Northern Territory
2 206
4.2
1.0
2 441
4.1
1.1
Australian Capital Territory
326
0.6
0.1
365
0.6
0.1

Total Australia(c)
52 616
100.0
0.2
59 116
100.0
0.3

(a) Usual residence, excludes overseas visitors.
(b) Comprises people who are Torres Strait Islander and both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander in origin.
(c) Includes Other Territories, comprising Jervis Bay Territory, Cocos (Keeling) Islands, Christmas Island and Norfolk Island, Migratory-Offshore-Shipping, and No Usual Address.
Note: Please note that there are small random adjustments made to all cell values to protect the confidentiality of data. These adjustments may cause the sum of rows or columns to differ by small amounts from table totals. For further information see Census of Population and Housing: Census Dictionary, 2016 (cat. no. 2901.0).

The Indigenous Regions with the largest count of people identifying as being of Torres Strait Islander origin were Cairns–Atherton (8,644 people or 15% of the Torres Strait Islander population), Brisbane (7,573 people or 13%) and Townsville–Mackay (7,122 people or 12%).


Census Counts(a) — Indigenous Regions with the highest counts of Torres Strait Islander persons(b), 2016


Indigenous Region(c)
Count of Persons
Proportion of Persons (%)

Cairns - Atherton
8 644
14.6
Brisbane
7 573
12.8
Townsville - Mackay
7 122
12.0
Torres Strait
6 489
11.0
Cape York
3 692
6.2
NSW Central and North Coast
3 322
5.6
Sydney - Wollongong
2 993
5.1
Rockhampton
2 491
4.2
Tasmania
2 001
3.4
Melbourne
1 713
2.9

Total Australia(d)
59 116
100.0

(a) Usual residence, excludes overseas visitors.
(b) Comprises people who are Torres Strait Islander and both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander in origin.
(c) For information about Indigenous Regions, see the Indigenous Structure of the Australian Statistical Geography Standard.
(d) Includes all Indigenous Regions, Migratory-Offshore-Shipping, No Usual Address and Other Territories, comprising Jervis Bay Territory, Cocos (Keeling) Islands, Christmas Island and Norfolk Island.
Note: Please note that there are small random adjustments made to all cell values to protect the confidentiality of data. These adjustments may cause the sum of rows or columns to differ by small amounts from table totals. For further information see Census of Population and Housing: Census Dictionary, 2016 (cat. no. 2901.0).

In the Torres Strait Indigenous Region there were 6,489 people of Torres Strait Islander origin, representing 80% of the population for the region. Within this region, the Indigenous Locations with the largest populations of Torres Strait Islander people were Port Kennedy and TRAWQ (Tamoi, Rose Hill, Applin, Wyborn and Quarantine) (1,123 and 826 people respectively), followed by Badu Island (697 people) and Mer (Murray) Island (429 people). See Data Cube 13, Table 13b for further information.

The Indigenous Location of Manunda - Portsmith in Cairns had the largest number of Torres Strait Islander people (2,355 people), followed by Mackay (1,817 people) and Townsville (1,668 people). The 20 most populous Indigenous Locations for Torres Strait Islander people were all within Queensland.


Census Counts(a) Indigenous Locations with the highest counts of Torres Strait Islander persons(b), 2016


Indigenous Location(c)
Count of Persons
Proportion of Persons (%)

Manunda - Portsmith
2 355
10.2
Mackay
1 817
2.2
Townsville
1 668
1.7
Thuringowa
1 613
2.2
Port Kennedy (Thursday Island)
1 123
56.9
Edmonton
1 082
6.0
Bamaga and Surrounds
933
78.5
TRAWQ (Thursday Island)
826
85.9
Gold Coast
795
0.1
Cairns – White Rock – Mt Sheridan
791
5.9

Total Australia(d)
59 116
0.3

(a) Usual residence, excludes overseas visitors.
(b) Comprises people who are Torres Strait Islander and both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander in origin.
(c) For information about Indigenous Locations, see the Indigenous Structure of the Australian Statistical Geography Standard.
(d) Includes all Indigenous Locations, Migratory-Offshore-Shipping, No Usual Address and Other Territories, comprising Jervis Bay Territory, Cocos (Keeling) Islands, Christmas Island and Norfolk Island.
Note: Please note that there are small random adjustments made to all cell values to protect the confidentiality of data. These adjustments may cause the sum of rows or columns to differ by small amounts from table totals. For further information see Census of Population and Housing: Census Dictionary, 2016 (cat. no. 2901.0).