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Changing characteristics of the Torres Strait region and its people methodology

Reference period
2011 - 2016
Released
15/05/2020
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Explanatory notes

1 This publication presents results from the 2011 and 2016 Census of Population and Housing and the 2014-15 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey (NATSISS).

2 For the respective Explanatory notes, refer to:

Appendix - about the geography

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About the ABS geography

The Torres Strait Region consists of 18 island communities grouped into five traditional island clusters/groups and two Northern Peninsula Area (mainland Australia) communities. The availability of data for each of these communities varies depending on the data source.

Where data is available for the 18 island communities/five traditional island groups and the two Northern Peninsula Area (NPA) Torres Strait communities, it is referred to in this publication as the `Region’.

Where data is only available for the 18 island communities/5 traditional island groups but not the 2 NPA communities, it is referred to in this publication as the `Islands’.

The data presented in this publication (with the exception of mobility and place of work data) are compiled using the 2011 and 2016 Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS): Indigenous Structure. The ASGS: Indigenous Structure is only available from 2011 onwards. It is based on the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ population distribution in the broader Australian community, so is ideal for analysis of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander data. In the ASGS: Indigenous Structure, Indigenous Locations (ILOCs) are the smallest available unit. These are combined to create Indigenous Areas (IAREs) and then Indigenous Regions (IREGs). Data on mobility and place of work is only available at the Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS) Statistical Area 2 (SA2) level. For this reason, data on mobility and place of work is restricted to the Islands only and is not available for the two NPA communities.

Further information about ABS statistical geography can be found here.

Table 5 below provides a summary of the type of statistical geography used in this publication for each Torres Strait community.

Table 5: Geography for each Torres Strait community by data source
2011 Census2014-15 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey (NATSISS)2016 Census
Top Western Islands(a)2011 ILOC2011 IREG 'Torres Strait'2016 ILOC
Western Islands(b)2011 ILOC2011 IREG 'Torres Strait'2016 ILOC
Central Islands(c)2011 ILOC2011 IREG 'Torres Strait'2016 ILOC
Eastern Islands(d)2011 ILOC2011 IREG 'Torres Strait'2016 ILOC
Inner Islands(e)2011 ILOC2011 IREG 'Torres Strait'2016 ILOC
Northern Peninsula Area(f)2011 ILOCNot available. The 2014-15 NATSISS does not provide data at the ILOC level.2016 ILOC *the 2016 Bamaga and surrounds ILOC may include a small number of people not considered part of the Torres Strait region.
  1. Includes Boigu, Dauan, Saibai
  2. Includes Badu, Mabuaig, Moa Island - Kubin and St Pauls
  3. Includes Iama (Yam Island), Masig (Yorke Island), Poruma (Coconut Island), Warraber (Sue Island)
  4. Includes Mer (Murray Island), Ugar (Stephen Island), Erub (Darnley Island)
  5. Includes Hammond Island, Muralug (Prince of Wales Island), Ngurupai (Horn Island), Thursday Island - TRAWQ and Port Kennedy
  6. Includes Bamaga and Seisia

Glossary

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Housing suitability

A measure of housing utilisation based on a comparison of the number of bedrooms in a dwelling with a series of household demographics, such as the number of usual residents, their relationship to each other, age and sex. The criteria are based on the Canadian National Occupancy Standard. It can be used to identify if a dwelling is either under or over utilised. This is a new derived item for 2016.

Internet connection

Includes access through any device such as mobiles, computers, tablets, gaming consoles or smart TVs.

Migration

The Census collects information about whether people lived in the same place on Census night in 2016 as they did 5 years ago. People who say they lived somewhere else 5 years ago and have moved to a new location in 2016 are classed as having migrated from an area to a new location. Note that the “islands” excludes Bamaga and Seisia.

Mobility

The Census asks people about whether they were at home on Census night and whether their place of work is away from where they would normally live. Together, these two concepts provide information about the temporary movements of a person/population and provide a picture of how the population in the region can change over time.

Quality declaration

This publication presents results from the 2011 and 2016 Census of Population and Housing and the 2014-15 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey (NATSISS).

For the respective Quality declarations, refer to: