Do you consider yourself an average Australian? You may be surprised to see how you stack up against the latest national statistics.
Every five years, the Australian Bureau of Statistics runs the census to determine how the demography of Australia is changing. With the next census happening in August 2016, now’s the perfect time to see if you can consider yourself an average Aussie!
The average lifestyle of Australians
First things first, the ‘average’ Aussie is female! This is due to the fact that just over half the population of Australia are women. ABS data also shows the ‘average’ is
- 37 years of age
- In a registered marriage
- Has two children
- Drives a private car
- Lives in a capital city
- Lives in freestanding three-bedroom two-bathroom home
The ABS even created a profile for the average Australian, which you read here. Interestingly, of the 22 million people surveyed during the 2011 census, no one person met all the criteria contained in the ‘average’ Australian profile!
Employment & income
The average Australian makes approximately $1,500 per week (or $78,000 tax inclusive per year). This figure is based on ordinary time earnings and does not include any overtime and varies significantly by state from the lowest average in Tasmania, to the highest in the Capital Territory:
- Tasmania – $65,759
- South Australia – $69,800
- Victoria – $72,623
- Northern Territory – $75,603
- Queensland – $75,759
- New South Wales – $77,600
- Western Australia – $87,001
- Capital Territory – $88,270
The average Australian male works 41 hours per week in paid employment while the average Australian female works 32 hours per week in paid employment, however, survey results estimate that in addition to paid employment, the average Australian male spends less than five hours on unpaid domestic work compared to the average Australian female who spends more than five hours on unpaid domestic work each week.
The most common occupation in Australia is ‘sales assistant’. However, for men, other common occupations were electrician, truck driver and retail manager, while for women, common occupations were primary school teacher, office manager and general clerk.
Are Australians healthy?
The health of the average Australian is difficult to determine, but life expectancy has increased in recent years. Men can expect to live to 80.1 years while women can expect to live to 84.7 years, with these figures continuing to trend upward. Australia sits comfortably within the top ten OECD countries for average life expectancy, coming in a 8th, between Sweden and Luxembourg.
Although the average Australian adult should take approximately 10,000 steps a day to maintain a healthy level of activity, a recent pedometer study found that the average Aussie adult falls short of this daily threshold, averaging only 7,400 steps per day. According to a national health survey in 2014-2015, over 63% of Australians are overweight or obese and only 7% met the recommended daily intake for vegetables, so the average Aussie has some improvements to make in the nutrition department!
The home life of the average Australian
Although housing affordability seems to be an ongoing concern for many Australians, the average household occupancy has actually fallen, from 3.1 people per household in 1971 to 2.6 people per household today. According to .id demographers, this may be due to declining birth rates, as people are marrying later in life, starting families later and having smaller families.
The average Australian home loan varies state by state, so here’s a snapshot:
- Tasmania – $236,400
- South Australia – $280,900
- Queensland – $320,700
- Northern Territory – $340,900
- Western Australia – $343,000
- ACT – $364,600
- Victoria – $387,600
- New South Wales – $454,200
Bear in mind that these figures only represent the average home loan figures and not average property prices in each state.
Don’t be surprised if you don’t fit the criteria for the ‘average’ Australian, especially since not one person actually fit the mould in the last census. Australia is an increasingly diverse place, so when comparing yourself to the ‘average’, just remember that however much we’re the same, we’re also very different.